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Ozzy-album-1600x1600When you think of English Rock, you can’t help but mention these names The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne. These names are the names of rock icons that will never die and two of them recently collaborated for a new track. It was revealed by Ozzy Osbourne himself that he collaborated with Sir Elton John for a new track which also happens to be the title track to Ozzy’s upcoming studio release Ordinary Man which is due out February 20, 2020 via Epic. Chad Smith, who played drums on the album recently told Fox News, “It’s f–king epic. These two iconic, legendary, English f–king rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives: ‘I don’t want to die an ordinary man.’ And it’s f–king great!” The song itself is absolutely amazing as Elton John provides piano for this song that accomplishes the feat of sounding like an Ozzy and Elton John song when needed or I could just say it’s sounds like an edgier Elton song. Ozzy talked about securing Slash and Elton for the track saying it, “just came together. … When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song, and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and, lo and behold, he agreed, and sings and play piano on the song.” Do yourselves a favor and just listen to the track below and stay tuned here for more info on the album as it becomes available.

underOzzy Osbourne will forever go down as one of the greatest of all time in the rock and heavy metal genre for everything he has contributed to it whether through Black Sabbath or as a solo artist. Back in early November, we debuted the first single Ozzy released in almost ten years with Under The Graveyard, the first single off of Ozzy’s upcoming twelfth album Ordinary Man that was co-written and produced by Andrew Watt who also plays guitar on the album along with Guns N Roses Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith. The song itself is very visceral and very telling of dark times in Ozzy’s life and it’s only fitting to capture that for a music video which is what Lords Of Chaos director Jonas Åkerlund did as he developed a mini movie for the track. The video itself takes us all the way back to 1979, a truly dark time in Ozzy’s (played by Jack Kilmer) life when he was booted out of Sabbath and living in LA, but it’s not ultimately a sad tale as their is light at the end of the tunnel. The video also documents how Sharon (played by Jessica Barden) comes to Ozzy’s rescue which ultimately led to them getting married. It truly is an excellent video and a front runner for Music Video Of The Year. So check it out below and look out for the new album due in early 2020.

ozzy straight to hell2019 looked like a very gloomy year for the prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne, but the last couple of weeks and months have been quite eventful for him. From his collaboration with Post Malone to the announcement of a solo album and brand new single in nearly ten years. I think it’s safe to say that Ozzy has finished 2019 on a strong note and just to let you know he also appears on stage for the first time I believe in a year when he joins Post Malone on stage at The American Music Awards this Sunday night. Today was another huge day for music releases as we get a couple of interesting covers from Marilyn Manson and Evanescence, but we also get a brand new track from Ozzy in Straight To Hell which will appear on his upcoming solo release Ordinary Man due out sometime early 2020. The special thing about the track is not only does it feature Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses, but Slash makes an appearance on the track as well and I believe this is only the 3rd time they have worked together. The track is definitely different than the previous single Under The Graveyard in where it is a more straightforward rock track sounding closer to bands like Clutch and High On Fire (musically that is). Check out the new single Straight To Hell and be on the lookout for the new album.

sep 2This past Friday was a huge week for metal fans as we were treated to so many great things from Slayer releasing The Repentless Killogy Blu Ray, Ozzy Osbourne releasing his first single in ten years in Under The Grave, and King Diamond releasing his first single since 2007 in Masquerade of Madness. Those were not the only things to be joyous about as Brazilian Thrash legends Sepultura just unveiled the music video for their new single Isolation which is coming off their new album Quadra (it means Block in Portuguese) which will be released in 2020. The video is primarily a performance based live concert video that was filmed at one of the festivals they played at, but the most important thing to me is the music itself. Guitarist Andreas Kisser reminds us of why at one time Sepultura was being considered the Brazilian Slayer as he brings the ferocity in his guitar riffs whjich is matched by Paulo Jr.s amazing bass playing and Eloy Casagrande thunderous machine gun like drum playing. I know that there are a lot of people out there that will say it’s not Sepultura because of the fact that Max Cavalera is not there, but this is by far my favorite effort from the group in the post Cavalera era.

sepAndreas spoke to Blabbermouth.net and he explain the title of the album saying, “Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for ‘sport court’ that by definition is a limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place. We all come from different Quadras. The countries, all nations with their borders and traditions; culture, religions, laws, education and a set of rules where life takes place. Our personalities, what we believe, how we live, how we build societies and relationships, all depends on these set of rules that we grew up with. Concepts of creation, gods, death and ethics. Money, we are enslaved by this concept. Who’s poor and who’s rich, that’s how we measure people and material goods. Regardless of your Quadra, you need money to survive, the prime rule to play this game called life. Hence the coin. The coin is forged with the senator skull, who represents the set of rules and laws we live by; the world map on his head delimiting the borders of all nations, imaginary lines separating people by concepts of race and the sacred.” Be on the look out for the album when it comes out February 7, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and check out the video below:

ozzy under the grave yardIt has been ten long years since the last time we had a single from the Prince Of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal himself Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, he had released the album Scream with Guitarist Gus G and the album’s success was short lived. Fast forward ten years later and Ozzy has already recorded an album with Black Sabbath (13), did a farewell tour with them, and recorded a single with Rap artist Post Malone (Take What You Want). Ozzy has also had some downs to go with he ups as he had to cancel the rest of his farewell tour in 2018 due to some complications to pneumonia that sidelined the legend, but it was the recording with Post Malone that gave Ozzy hope again as he had a blast working with Post’s produce Andrew Watt. He had so much fun with Andrew Watt that he decided to record a solo album with him playing guitar and rounding out the band was Duff McKagan (GNR) on Bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. There are reports that are saying that even Ozzy is calling this new album the best work he has ever done and when you listen to Under The Graveyard (This week’s rock single of the week) which is the latest single, you are hopeful for the rest of the album. Ozzy himself sounds absolutely amazing on the track that isn’t your prototypical ozzy song. There is a lot of alt-rock influence in it and you can hear the inspiration for Post Malone’s track in this one. My only problem with the song is the initial guitar solo which is way too fuzzy for my liking, but we’ll see how Zakk Wylde (who had nothing to do with the album) interprets it live. Check out the single below:

take what you wantI know that this is going to be a highly contested entry due to the backlash the track is already getting online. The worst part about the backlash is not about how good or bad the actual song is, but due to the lack of knowledge on his fan base. I want to first start out by giving Post Malone a lot of credit for putting the Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne on his track and while it’s not a new concept, it still deserves a lot of props. The song that I am referring to is the track Take What You Want which is featured on Post Malone’s newest album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The track not only features Ozzy Osbourne, but it also features one of hip hop’s hottest artists in Travis Scott as well. The track starts off with that semi-acoustic, clean channel guitar playing that is very similar to Ozzy’s Mama, I’m Coming Home, but it is definitely not. I meant more in the way the track starts, but Ozzy kicks off the song singing the chorus before Post Malone takes over with the verse and then it’s forward from there. The track itself is very catchy and Ozzy does an amazing job lending his vocals to the track. The one thing that I am wondering though is who is the guitar player at the end that shreds an amazing guitar solo because it sounds like Zakk Wylde’s playing. Anyways, I am sure we will find out soon enough who the guitar player is, but I do know that Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing drums on the track. I wanted to end this article by saying that even though most of his fans do not know who Ozzy is, this is a good opportunity for them to learn just who he is. So, check out the track below and enjoy.

1000x1000In the heavy metal and rock world, the late and great Ronnie James Dio was quite the journeyman having first appeared with Elf before joining Rainbow for most of the mid to late 70’s before replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. It was this journey that brought Ronnie the recognition in the music business so when he was done with his first stint with Sabbath, it was time to unleash everything he had that would change the metal world forever. Along with Vinny Appice (Drums), Dio would create his solo band with former Rainbow bandmate Jimmy Bain (Bass), and with former NWOBHM Sweet Savage guitarist Vivian Campbell (Guitar). On May 25, 1983, the band would unleash what would be wildely considered Dio’s greatest album and what Loudwire.com ranked 17TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list in Dio’s debut solo album Holy Diver. This album was Ronnie fully unleashing what he had started in Black Sabbath lyrically with all of the fantasy themes and it worked because the people loved it. The album was certified platinum by 1989 selling over a million and it peaked at 56 on The Billboard Top 200 charts.

holy diver1. Stand Up And Shout– an all guns blazing track that kicks ass and is basically about standing up for what you believe in and make sure they hear it. 5/5

2. Holy Diver– The first single off the album and probably one of the most recognizable tracks Dio ever recorded is according to him about a Christ like figure on another planet that sacrifices himself in order to save his people, but when they find out they selfishly want him to stay. 5/5

3. Gypsy– a track that to me is about a gypsy that has the ability to fool anyone and you have to believe that considering he used a lot of fantasy-esque stories for lyrics. 4/5

4. Caught In The Middle-a rock track that is Dio telling yourself that you need to believe in yourself and free yourself from the dull zombie like life that you’re living. 4/5

5. Don’t Talk To Strangers– I always loved the clean channel guitars in the beginning of this track before it launches itself into heavy metal overdrive. The track seems to be him telling you to truly find what brings true meaning into your life and not instant gratification. 5/5

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA6. Straight Through The Heart-Big Sabbath like riffs kick off this track into style as he talks about how sometimes people sugar coat what life is all about until you get kicked in the mouth figuratively by reality. 4.5/5

7. Invisible-a reality check of a track whose lyrics deal with people who felt invisible to the world because of the problems they had and the situation they were in. A very 70’s like sound to the track with it’s Nazareth Love Bites like guitar riff and weird effect on Dio’s vocals before the track goes into Sabbath like heavy metal mode. 4.5/5

8. Rainbow In The Dark-The second most popular Dio solo track ever and the second single off the album complete with keyboard parts. I think it’s a track that is all about being stuck in a place where you feel nothing is going right and so you search for that Rainbow In The Dark or ray of hope. 5/5

9. Shame On The Night-The last track on the album and certainly an interesting one which I think is about how devious the night can be and I think you know what I mean. I love the bass riff during the verses and how it’s the main instrument. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is probably one of the greatest Dio albums and I think a lot of it has to be with the fact that you can hear a lot of Heaven & Hell by Black Sabbath in this album. I definitely find that it’s certainly the strong point of the album besides the lyrics and his vocals. I wasn’t a huge fan of Gypsy and Caught In The Middle if I am being honest and Shame On The Night was out of nowhere for me as far as how really awesome the track was. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.