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VIZA / Press

“You have to see these guys live as soon as is humanly possible.”

Rhythm Introducing News Piece - Issue 206

“Check them out immediately!”

Johnny Doom - Kerrang - Issue 1428

“Without [a] doubt one of the most interesting performances of the week [at Sziget’s mainstage].”

“If you like System Of A Down you will like Viza. When Quentin Tarantino shoots his next movie, he should be using this as the soundtrack.”

“If you're looking for some infectious songs able to satisfy punk and rock fans, Viza are your port of call... ...a band that fans of peers like Gogol Bordello will see as kindred spirits.”

Matt Dawson - Sonic Shocks - Issue 9

“Absolutely bat-poop crazy, Viza make the zaniest music this side of SOAD. Oh, and look, Serj has actually showed up here, too. We love it.”

Kerrang Radio

“Viza are the ringmaster and the Elephant Man combined. Theatrical, idiosyncratic and mad as a barrel-full of badgers, their songs are a cornucopia of chaos…”

Giles Moorhouse - Rocksound Album Review - Issue 165

“System of a Down + Gogol Bordello x even more mental = VIZA”

Metal Hammer UK Hot New Bands

“Viza’s instruments collide in a cacophony of rousing gypsy-rock. Welcome to the freak show.”

Eleanor Goodman - Bizarre Album Review of Carnivalia – Issue 192

“With their seven strong villainous circus gang look and multi-instrument pile up… …Viza have tunes too, notably their fiendishly danceable [music]. If they bring a party like this again, their return [to London] can’t come soon enough.”

James Hickie - Kerrang Live Review - Issue 1427

“Loving the new record; Carnivalia’s awesome. I love hearing the new influences and the fun loving spirit and musical wizardry. Overall a really great effort. Viza is one of the most unique and interesting bands I have ever encountered. Their live shows are energetic and fun.”

“System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian loves them so much he produced [their] last record Made in Chernobyl and took them on his solo European tour. That speaks volumes for the kind of craziness Carnivalia spew[s] into the world. And it’s no bad thing.”

David McLaughlin - Kerrang Album Review - Issue 1425

“I had wondered how they would blend the two seemingly incongruous musical styles, but headbanging hard rock choruses combine surprisingly well with gypsy tunes – both have a beat that makes you want to bounce up and down. In fact, at times, it got so bouncy that it all went a bit ravey, especially during their latest single, an excellent version of ‘Alabama Song’.”

“Lead singer K’noup has a commanding stage presence. A storyteller of twisted tales and ringleader of a diverse collective. One of the guitarists is reminiscent of a younger, thinner Alexei Sayle in a bowler hat, their oud player Andrew has wavy hair dyed in orange and black stripes and their drummer Hiram has the appearance of the lovechild of the Hair Bear Bunch and Animal from the Muppets.”

“Their flirtations with Middle Eastern tones, penchant for eccentricity and the fact that they’ve actually had a guest appearance from Serj Tankian on a previous single has earned batshit Cali crew Viza some obvious comparisons with System of a Down… …there’s certainly a touch of SOAD-meets-Gogol Bordello-meets, er, the circus within their craft.”

“It’s a curious and intriguing experience listening to [Carnivalia]; every song is awash with fascinating concepts, mental guitar melodies, and a general wackiness that has to be admired. It’s hard to think of an album in recent times that thrusts you into a setting as much as this one.”

“Somewhere between Gogol Bordello and System of a Down's more flippant fancies you have Viza, a largely Armenian-American L.A. troupe that earned, under its former name Visa, quite the cult following over the course of a couple of albums and EPs. Almost inevitably managed by SOAD crooner Serj Tankian's company (Tankian also guests on their new album, Made in Chernobyl), Viza rather overcartoon their exotic aesthetic with the faux Eastern Bloc uniforms of their promo pics, but their sound is less predictable and straight-faced. Spiraling riffs, knee-slappin' Romany rhythms and blurs of oud and tar propel Greek frontman K'noup's melodies in and out of rockish flirtations and massed unison celebrations with some of his eight bandmates. There's humor, heartache, political commentary and intoxicating musical communion here — plus, on a good night, belly dancers.”