• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Sparzanza strikes back with Announcing the End!

Sparzanza is comprised of Fredrik Weileby on vocals, Calle Johannesson on guitars, Magnus Eronen on guitars, Johan Carlsson on bass, and Anders Aberg on drums.

Founded in 1996 in Sweden, Sparzanza has been rocking for many years, and the group has their sights set on expanding their audience and taking over the hard rock and heavy metal world. Announcing the End is the latest studio effort from this group, of whom I only recently became aware. How does their latest release fare, and is this a group that you should check out?



This album was my introduction to Sparzanza, and while I will be the first to admit that I was not thrilled with the release, it does show that these musicians have talent, and have yet to make their masterwork. The quintet definitely has musical ability, and while there are some hints of greatness here, the problem is that the record ends up feeling like so much that so many other bands have put out over the years. While this is a Swedish metal band, there are too many moments on this release where they wind up sounding like every American band you hear on modern rock radio.

Announcing the End introduced this rock and roll fan to Sparzanza, and it is essentially a “good but not great” release that hints at the greater talent of its individual band members. The pieces are all there, but they just don’t quite come together; too much of the album feels like a retread of modern rock bands we’ve heard on the radio countless times over. A moderate recommendation, but it won’t be for everyone.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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