ozzyThis week featured some very big news in the rock and metal world because Ozzy Osbourne is reuniting with his third guitarist ever Zakk Wylde for the third time. After Ozzy expressed his excitement over the reunion, Zakk commented saying, “I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS.” 30 years ago, Zakk debuted for Ozzy after replacing legend Jake E Lee with Ozzy’s fifth solo album No Rest For The Wicked which is also this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Ozzy (Vocals), Zakk (Guitars), Bob Daisley (Bass), Randy Castillo (Drums), and John Sinclair (Keyboards) while the album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Keith Olsen. This album marked the first time that Ozzy and Daisley had worked together since 1983’s Bark At The Moon because the duo had a falling out, but as soon as this album was done he was replaced by Geezer Butler. The album was successful for Ozzy as it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while also going double platinum.

Ozzy_Osbourne-No_Rest_For_The_Wicked-Trasera1.Miracle Man– This lightning fast, sonic blazing riff from Zakk kicks off the album in a track that was all about fallen TV Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart who had been Ozzy’s foe for years. I love the guitar solo in this track that features Zakk laying heavy on the false harmonics like nobody before him. 5/5

2. Devil’s Daughter (Holy War)– The track sort of starts out with this menacing riff before Zakk launches out with this meaty guitar attack. Some have said that this is about Kelly Osbourne, but I’m not even sure. 4/5

3. Crazy Babies– Such an iconic riff that opens up the track from Zakk with more of that bluesy false harmonic laden riffage. I think Ozzy has admitted before that he does not remember writing this song and that he doesn’t like it, but I think it’s a kick ass track. 5/5

4. Breakin’ All The Rules– This is by far my favorite riff on the whole album that is just so sleazed laden and meaty to the core. I feel like Ozzy is talking to someone who talks the talk, but never walks the walk like he does. 5/5

Ozzy-Osbourne-No-Rest-For-The-Wicked-4625811-UK-ROCKSTUFF-Label5. Bloodbath In Paradise– An amazing opening guitar attack from Zakk once again kicks off this track that chronicles metal’s favorite serial killer Charles Manson and the Manson family. That opening riff is just fierce and in your face. 5/5

6. Fire In The Sky– A cool track with a slightly slower tempo than most of the tracks, but it features some cool guitar playing from Wylde. The song seems to be about a kid who a rough childhood. 4/5

7. Tattooed Dancer– A cool as drum riff from Castillo kick off the track that features another face melting riff from Wylde again about what could be strippers dancing to rock and roll. 5/5

8. Demon Alcohol– A sick riff from Wylde once again starts us off, but this time it features some cool chugging chords from the master. The song could be a sequel to Suicide Solution which was about alcoholism and this is the realization that you have an issue. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album features a hidden track called Hero which is an amazing song as well that could compete with the other tracks (definite 5/5). Nonetheless, this is a powerful debut for Zakk who was only 21 years old at the time of the release of this album as there was only one way for him to go and we see that 30 years later (he sent Ozzy a demo in 1987). I am going to give this album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.


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