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Zyris – Zyris [1999]

ZYRIS_ZYRIS1Country USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 72/100

Band Members Gary Roz – Guitars,Backing Vocals, Johnny I – Vocals, Paulie Krason – Bass, Roman Dino – Drums,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. All For You, 02. Should Have Told You, 03. Only Pony, 04. See You Smile, 05. Run For Your Life, 06. Can’t Wait For It Anymore, 07. To Be, 08. Sunny Day, 09. That’s That, 10. Whiskey Mind

Profile Zyris, a NJ quartet formed in 1983 have been carving themselves a niche along the shorelines of New Jersey for over a decade now. An all original act, they entertained every club in the bay shore area at the time when “There were so many venues that you could park your car at one and practically walk down the street all night long to check out all of the local bands!” recalls vocalist/frontman Johnny I. By a twist of fate, original guitarist Zakk Wylde pursued other interests and found himself a place in Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

Zakk was promptly replaced by axe-man Gary Roz, a Hoboken native, whose unparalleled technique, prolific songwriting and powerful background vocals forged the trademark Zyris sound. Several additional personnel changes took place with bassist Paul Krason and drummer Roman Dino, both from New Jersey, coming on board. With the line up now complete, Zyris was now ready to produce a record and in 10 months, emerged with an eponymous titled ten song collection.

Songs such as “All for You”, “Can’t Wait for it Anymore”, “Only Pony”, and “Whiskey Mind”, are testaments to the true staying power of Rock & Roll music, that transcends generation after generation. “To Be” and “See you Smile”, the quintessential ballad, disclose a softer touch, yet maintain their intensity with trademark 3-part harmonies and varying dynamics that are Zyris. “That’s That”, blends today’s pop-like rhythm with hard edged guitar riffs, while “Should Have Told You” touches upon the bands Southern roots. “Run For Your Life” starts off acoustically then without warning, launches into a catchy chorus, sure to remain permanent in a listener’s mind. Finally, “Sunny Day” again displays the band’s versatility, through tribal rhythms in the verses, solidly laid down by Krason and Dino, and climaxes with a haunting 3 part vocal segue that fades out in a no holds barred fashion, proven to be a live favorite.

04/11/2006 Johnny I passed away…R.I.P. 


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