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Three young musicians from Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia/Spain started in 1989 to play progressive rock music. Within the first year they became one of the most respected bands in the region, played a lot of concerts and festivals and supported PENDRAGON on their first Spain tour ever.

As for the beginning the style is difficult to be defined. Fusion, jazz rock, new age and rock andaluz - this are labels for the music they played. ONZA got its own style created by mixing the ideas of each member, bringing together classical and contemporary concepts and of course also being influenced by great bands of the progressive rock genre.

In summer 1990 the band recorded the first album 'Reino Rocoso' which was issued by the french Musea Parallel label one year later. Besides Europe their jazz rock and fusion oriented debut sold also copies in USA and Japan and received good reviews from fanzines. ONZA was known in the progressive scene from that moment on.

Between 1994 and 1998 the group was inactive but then Jaime Padilla (guitar, lead vocals), who is the only constant of ONZA since the beginning, decided to reanimate the project. He gathered some young musicians and composed new themes with the three song demo EP 'Onza 2000' as the first result. In 2003 the next full album 'Zona Crepuscular' followed which was released by the italian Mellow Records label. The album was presented at the Minnuendo Festival 2004 where they played together with RPWL and MOSTLY AUTUMN. Musically with less fusion and closer to other styles the band received good critics once more for its effort.

In 2007 ONZA published a new album named 'Paradigma' with eight matured songs expressing happy optimistic emotions. Native vocals, beautiful melodies, symphonic keyboards and rocking guitars are making this new release very interesting. Especially a prog music listener prefering bands like JADIS or RPWL will be delighted. But ONZA is not only a recommendation for fans who are inclining towards the neo prog and symphonic genre.

Rivertree (Uwe Zickel)

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2.26 | 4 ratings
Reino Rocoso
3.88 | 8 ratings
Zona Crepuscular
3.96 | 5 ratings

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 Reino Rocoso by ONZA album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.26 | 4 ratings

Reino Rocoso
Onza Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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2 stars Spanish group from Cadiz, formed in early 89' by Anton Ramirez (bass and vocals) and Jaime Padilla (guitars and vocals).The early months were characterized by additions and exits in the line-up, however an interesting demo was recorded the same year, eventually leading to a contract with Musea Records.The result was a great gig as a supporting act to Pendragon at the 89' Festival Noche Magica and a debut album entitled ''Reino Rocoso'' on Musea Parallele with Jose Maria Colon on drums and Harnakis' Lali Belza on keyboards.

The album contains five long tracks of mainly instrumental and rather soft Progressive Rock with jazzy, Latin and symphonic hints here and there.Onza started as a Symphonic Rock group but through time they incorporated elements from Jazz/Fusion, New Age and Andalusian Rock, resulting to a strange but still cohesive amalgam of different styles and soundscapes.The music is interesting, but what actually prevents the album from being more than decent is the thin keyboards and awful mechanical drums (is there actually a normal drummer in here or a drum machine?) along with a mediocre production.Compositionally the mix of these styles is tight with occasional jazzy guitar plays followed by mellow light-symph synth-driven themes and Lounge keyboard passages blended with some Andalusian influences on guitars' and keyboards' sections.There are also plenty of solos to be discovered in ''Reino Rocoso'', the guitar-based ones are cool but these plastic keyboards are at moments very fake and even unbearable.

This is a great example of an album held down by the cheap production and the false use of instruments.If you still can afford these flaws, the album comes recommended if you like instrumental and jazzy Progressive/Art Rock...2.5 stars.

 Paradigma by ONZA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.96 | 5 ratings

Onza Neo-Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars A paradigma without a doubt ...

Very good album from the Andalusian band ONZA which is headed by guitarist Jaime Padilla. Originally being closer to jazz rock/fusion they deliver a neo progressive style during the last years sometimes around the sound of JADIS, RPWL and ELOY. It took already four years to get a new sign of life from the band but finally I can say the result is worth it. Eight matured tracks were offered including native vocals, beautiful melodies, symphonic keyboards and rocking guitars. A powerful rhythm section is the fundament for the diversified composed songs.

Paradigmadeserves it to be the title song and ranks among the best. Devided in two parts it all starts with acoustic guitar but soon changes to a groovy rocking section with interesting somewhat slicing keys later fading into the second floydy gliding part with a nice saxophone solo - oh yeah - this is excellent song writing! The long track El Alquimista also comes up as an important album component - more symphonic oriented with a nice flow and some jam moments. No lack at all for a conclusion and so there is no need to bring up all the other songs - they are all on a high level anyhow. I like this album very much.

'Paradigma' can keep up with other significant genre albums without any problem and is not only dedicated to fans of neo and symphonic prog.

Thanks to Rivertree for the artist addition.

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