"With the 2011 release of their album True Believer, they were ready to bring
off some of the classic style rock back to their fans. The entire album is an eclectic
mix of soulful songs and upbeat 80's style synth with strong vocals. Milton DeCoronado
takes his vocal range to the limits in songs like "Empty Room". The heavy guitar
riffs in "Fox Paws" demonstrate the talent of Robert Guinea and keyboards by Duane
Massey throughout the album point to the origin of the music. Bill Massey on bass
and Marty Naul on drums adds a depth and control to each track. There is much cow
bell to be had in "Visitor" and the unique percussion adds a quirky side to the
already varied album. The vocal style changes in "What The...?" for a more Southern
Blues sound. I feel as though a story is being told by these musicians. I am also
reminded of legends such as Stryper, Kansas and Bad Religion as I listen to this
album. If you enjoy bands like these, you should definitely pick up Oz Knozz "True
Believer". Brandy Brown, No Cover Magazine
"Oz Knozz were formed
way back in 1969 in Houston, Texas as a trio, with two of those original three members
still rocking it up in the group to this day, brothers Duane and Bill Massey, albeit
with a hiatus during the period 1987 to 1996.
An American orientated rock sound is instantly evident...
Oz Knozz are not gonna set the musical world on fire, but "True Believer" is well
worth a listen for any AOR aficionado." Rob Watkins, Uberrock Webzine Review of the CD "True Believer"
Oz Knozz, True Believer: Quick, name a Houston rock band that started in 1969 and
still exists. Okay, one not named ZZ Top. That would be Oz Knozz, which came together
around a core of Westbury High alumni — Duane Massey, his brother Bill and
Marty Naul. The band has survived periods of inactivity, innumerable lineup changes
(even the band doesn't know how many) and shows with up to 25 people onstage at
once to arrive at new album True Believer. The members of Oz Knozz call their music
"progressive rock," but True Believer is so much more than that. "Far Away,"
...And that's just one song; others are heavy with piano and keyboards from every
Yes album you've ever heard (maybe there is something to that "prog" thing). Overall,
True Believer can seem a little arbitrary and rely more on jamming than true songwriting,
but it's so far out of the realm of what any other recent band is doing these days,
maybe anywhere, that...well, it's just awesome. It's a trip." Chris Gray,
I've met a few Rock and Roll acts in my career, and I've even became friends with
some of them. However, there is only one band I can say I've known very well for
over forty years, and that is Houston's Oz Knozz!
Their first album was Called "Ruff Mix". Then, what seemed like 10,000 days and
nights later, they recorded their follow up album called "10,000 Days & Nights".
I first heard it when it was released a couple of years ago, and I knew they not
only hadn't lost anything, but they were even better than before!
And now, a third album called "True Believer", and finally a record company contract
from Prog Rock Records! Congratulations, Guys! If there is anybody in the Rock and
Roll business that deserves this and more, it's gotta be you! Continued success!
Oh, and don't forget about us little folks who were there when it all began!
Oz Knozz. The next time you get a chance to see them live, you really should.
" Col. St. James, Col St James Blog on KKRW, 93.7, The Arrow
Santa Margarita, CA – 3 April 2012 – “True Believer”
up to 2008's high praised 10,000 Days & Nights CD. The album which has
been mixed and mastered by Brian Baker (of Derringer fame) is currently
getting rave reviews in the UK press from Fireworks Magazine, Powerplay
Magazine, Classic Rock Presents AOR and numerous websites and
independent radio airplay in the UK (including ARFM).
The ten tracks on their latest release are as innovative
as they are impressive.... The production and performances
here are all first-rate. Give this one a listen, and you just might
become a "True Believer" yourself!
”True Believer” is The Record Label debut release from Oz Knozz and can
be found at
album is available for immediate sale and shipping from our site, the
title will be in stores on June 5, 2012
" Shawn Gordon, Prog Rock Records/The Record Label, OZ KNOZZ SIGNS MAJOR RECORD CONTRACT!!
Review of "True Believer" by "Your Music Blog" It is with great pleasure that
I write about this disk. The previous album from these Texan gents I already liked
very much, and this one grabbed me from the opening seconds of Empty Room. This
is pomp in optima forma! The kind of music that got me into playing myself, and
I will never stop listening to.
So in short: go out and buy this thing if you are into pomp, hard rock and or progressive
stuff and help raise awareness for this fantastic outfit. And as the band recently
signed a record deal with Shawn Gordon, owner of Prog Rock Records / The Record
Label, availability won´t be an issue either. Fingers crossed the next one
will be just as good.
" Peter, Your Music Blog
"Oz Knozz have been
gigging and recording for the last 43 years, and, impressively, "True Believer"
enhances the Massey Brothers' melodic rock legacy. Fusing the arena pomp of Asia
with the progressive ambition of Yes and the AOR styling of Journey, this is an
engaging and wholly unexpected album. The fantastic "Fox Paws" imagines Kiss with
horns, and that's not the only surprise the Houston band throws up across ten tantalising
tracks. Milton De Coronado's vibrant vocal performance compliments founder member
Duane Massey, a multi-instrumentalist playing trumpet, flugelhorn, keys and alto
horn to tantalising effect. It's difficult to predict how many more records Oz Knozz
have left in them. However, if "True Believer" were to be their last, they'd be
going out with an almighty bang." Simon Rushworth, Classic Rock Presents AOR
the greatest challenge veteran recording artists face is staying true to their signature
sound while continuing to evolve. It can be an elusive goal, but it's one that progressive
rockers Oz Knozz clearly achieve with "True Believer".
Oz Knozz is Duane Massey, Milton DeCoronado, Robert Guinea, Bill Massey, and Marty
The production and performances here are all first-rate. Give this one a listen,
and you just might become a "True Believer" yourself!" Hollywood Steve
Rangel, Houston Music News Magazine
such as "Empty Room" and "True Believer" they sound a little like Styx jamming with
Kansas as Saga and Survivor look on, though such lofty comparisons do flatter the
end results. No matter, this is a strong, confidently performed album that does
its creators proud.
" Dave Ling, Classic Rock's "Prog" Magazine
Prog and classic rock have been around for 40 years now and many have tried to emulate
the (for want of a better word) heady days of the 1970s when bands of the genre
were innovators and their music intricate; all vying to produce the most complex
melodies, changes of time signatures and above all make music that mattered. Over
the years many bands have come and gone, tried their best but failed to reproduce
the sounds of that golden era..... I know nostalgia ain’t how it used to be,
but this album is. If you want to be transported back to those less complicated
times, this one’s for you." Annular Media, Annular Media
is a truly eclectic, yet cohesive album that while always song based, does allow
both the band and individual musicians to really express their undoubted talents.
Glorious and uplifting Oz Knozz have created an album that you’ll be playing
for years to come, plastering a huge smile on your face every time. Rating; 8 out
" Steven Reid, Metal Perspective Webzine
The Oz Knozz sound definitely nods to the past. The production is mostly modern,
but the vibe is firmly rooted in the 1970s. It works really well because, though
it harks back to early Journey, Kansas and Deep Purple, the crisp sound makes it
obvious this is a new release. I'm not convinced by the relationship between the
vocals and the playing - the singing hasn't been given the same dose of polish as
everything else - but any doubts are more than glossed over by the shiny positives...the
positives being catchy songs and that certain feeling of 'right' you can't quite
put your finger on.
" Jon Wilde, The review of the new Oz Knozz CD "True Believer"
by Rock Realms
"In fact there isn't a moment on this album when you truly
feel you have the band's measure. Listen for example, to 'What The…' which
is a heavy rock/blues groove with a growled vocal and blazing horns and has an early
Chicago feel about it, as the band sing 'tell me what you want me to play' Then
in the blink of an eye its back to the Asia style title track, albeit with a riff
reminiscent of The Who's 'Substitute', before an unlikely Doom Metal vocal over
The album finishes in bombastic Prog rock fashion on the splendidly titled 'Kings
And Treasures' with suitable pompous lyrics. But the music has an epic quality built
on the back of pounding drums, a trumpet voluntary and banks of keyboards as part
of a climactic finish worthy of a splendidly played album."
'True Believer' is by no means an unblemished consistent album, but there's enough
spontaneous musical highs here to interest all self respecting prog and classic
rock fans alike.
" Pete Feenstra, The review of the new Oz Knozz CD "True Believer"
by Get Ready To Rock
"...What we have here is a mixture of melodic hard
rock and more progressive tinged music. There are alot of backing vocals and catchy
choruses, but also keyboard solos and short instrumental peices and riffs that show
the band are not afraid to experiment.
I like it, and hope the band will not let us wait that long for a next release.
Meanwhile, I will try to track down a copy of Ruff Mix, their previous release.
Personal play tips: just start it up!
" Peter Cox, Your Music Blog, Your Music Blog, Oz Knozz, 10,000 Days &
"RadioIndy is pleased to present the best of the best...RadioIndy
is pleased to present Oz Knozz with a GrIndy Award for the CD '10,000 Days &
Nights'." Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team, RadioIndy.com CD Review
is alive and well and has completely taken me by surprise. Think of a band with
elements of Shotgun Symphony, Survivor, Kansas and Le Roux and you'll be near to
the Oz Knozz experience, faultless performance!" Powerplay Magazine UK
What an album!!! An album it will be hard to get bored with. Excellent." Dave
Watts, Overloaded Radio UK
"It is a musical diverse selection, but stylistically
never strays beyond the staple diet of this magazine's readership and as such is
to be a heartily recommended purchase. Very interesting indeed..." Paul
Jerome Smith, Fireworks Magazine CD Review
"Oz Knozz knows that there is
no substitute for experience. On "10,000 Days & Nights" they prove it." Hollywood
Steve Rangel, Houston Music News Magazine
"Bands playing pomp don't come
along every day and as a result this disc sounds fresh and invigorating. (Points;
8 out of 10)." Duncan Jamieson, Powerplay Magazine
"This is a
fantastic album folks, and contender for my album of the year! RECOMMENDED!" Bruce
Donache, AOR-FM CD Review
"Fans of progressive
rock from the likes of Kansas, Europe, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer will definitely
enjoy this release" Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team, RadioIndy CD Review
"This CD will
come as a great surprise to many.... Stunning stuff! I am lost for words-where have
these guys been all these years?" George Thatcher, Glory Daze Music
"Tripping the rock
fantastic, South Texas heroes Oz Knozz back again...They are Texas' answer to Emerson,
Lake and Palmer." Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News
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