Ezekial has pleased many a Buffalo hard rock audience since they first got together way back in 1974. The original 4-piece band was formed by founding members Rich Nicholas on Bass Guitar and Steve Tislaretz on Guitar and Vocals. The band was rounded out by Jimi Kane on Guitar and Vocals and Paul Roman on Drums. The original lineup of Ezekial played all the legendary clubs in Buffalo. Classic rock clubs like McVans, Franks Casanova, Barrelhead and Stage One on Sunday nights. John Zwawa took over on Drums after Paul Roman’s untimely death in 1980. This lineup released a 4-song EP in 1983 on the BCMK label. 10 years after its inception Ezekial revamped its lineup with the addition of Lead Vocalist Chris Dimmick, Rich Tucker on Lead Guitar and Jamie Z on the Drums. This lineup went on to release a 9-song cassette in 1985. Topping it all off Ezekial took top honors in the Buffalo Music Awards 2 years in a row. Winning in the Best Hard Rock Group Category in 1985 & 1986. Jamie Z left the band in 1986, drum duties were then given to current member Leo Gastle and former member Jon White. Chris Dimmick went on a brief hiatus to record and perform with the band Vicious Circle.
After a long, 15 year break Ezekial reunited in 2005, the current lineup includes founding members Rich Nicholas on Bass Guitar and Steve Tislaretz on Guitar/Vocals. Chris Dimmick is back on Lead Vocals along with Rich Tucker on Guitar and Leo Gastle on Drums. In 2010 Ezekial released a self-titled all original CD. Thanks to Chris Dimmick I was able to obtain a copy of my very own, Thank You Chris! Ezekial’s Self-Titled CD is a strong and solid serving of heavy guitar riffs and high, soaring lead vocals. Chris’ excellent lead vocals soar, wail and growl, the vocals and guitars dominate and dictate the pace on this Heavy Metal CD. The 1st track, Unforgiven, is a great opening track. Unforgiven is a heavy, pounding, sonic assault on the senses. Lyrically the song describes a killer who has finally come to the realization that his life is all over. Broken and scared his deadly lifestyle has left him forsaken and abandoned, perfect subject matter for any hard rock/metal band. This song features a bass solo and some very cool sounding background vocal tracks. Time and Time Again slows down the pace quite a bit. Lyrically this song describes the pining feelings over a lost love. This metal ballad features some killer lead guitar playing on the solo and the outro. The 3rd track, I Got A Feelin, lifts and revitalizes the pace of this CD. This song rocks hard and heavy with its bass and drums intro. Aggressive, shouting lyrics and loud, crunchy, thick guitars rule the roost on this uptempo, metal track. This song is sure to get your foot tapping and your fist pumping along to the beat. Down Down Down features a low, very heavy rhythmic guitar line and more angry, shouting lyrics, perfect for headbanging. The lead guitar solo highlights the groove, staying on, for the most part, the lower frets of the guitar. The 5th track, Hell’s Reigning is a menacing sounding track, with its growling vocals and heavy, double bass drum rhythms. The last track, Saved me from Rock n Roll, is my favorite song on this CD. Saved me from Rock n Roll is a powerful, uptempo metal blast. Chris shouts, growls and sings his way through this killer track. This song features some rebellious, sexual explicit lyrics. As on all the other songs this track contains some very excellent stinging, biting and sustain heavy lead guitar playing. This song also features a short, but very sweet, electric bass solo. All of these songs can be heard on Ezekial’s Facebook page as well as up to minute updates on where and when Ezekial will be unleashing its metal assault live and in person. Here’s the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/EZEKIAL-Buffalo-NY/111895972154372?ref=ts. Ezekial’s ReverbNation page also contains these songs and some videos as well. Here’s the link http://www.reverbnation.com/ezekial.