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Bill-Ward-Ozzy-Osbourne-630x420We have a new segment that I will try to do because being in a metal band can be just like high school and so here is the segment of When Metal Bands Fight and we are looking at the case of Bill Ward vs Black Sabbath. If you haven’t been paying attention at all to the drama that unfolded when Black Sabbath decided to record with Bill Ward then you have either been living under a rock or you just don’t give a hoot. Nevertheless, the drama continues as Bill Ward reheats the situation by going after frontman Ozzy Osbourne on the internet. On April 15TH, Bill ward came out and released a statement basically claiming he was not offered a fair enough deal by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and hence is the reason he didn’t return to the lineup. Here is the statement he released regarding all the issues:

I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you.
I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way.
There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed. I don’t think previously strong relationships can remain strong after dispute by just sweeping the offensive stuff under the carpet, or by saying a puny sorry, or “oh, that’s all over now.” It doesn’t work like that for me. Righting of wrong works, and that’s what I want if I’m ever going to be his friend again.
Still undone and faraway is a “signable” contract. I would require a “signable” contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.
Put simply, it’s up to them. I have dearly missed playing with them and as people, I have been heartbroken over the loss of who I thought we were. And now you know where I stand.
Very soon my band, BWB will release a new album ironically called “Accountable Beasts.” I re- kick-started it in May 2012, and in an off and on journey to record, we have reached our final destination – a good mix, and a well mastered record. At this time we are putting the final touches on the digital booklet.
There are other multiple projects in different stages of progress, and I hope to bring more definitive news about them as things unfold this year. I have been very happy writing new songs, playing drums and working with other musicians. I have been blessed with musical visions and the ability to harness them. I’m moving into the future with an optimistic outlook.
For our many Sabbath fans, I love you all dearly. You are extremely special people. You f–king rock. I have been in deep regret since January 2012 that a true union was denied. I’ve remained faithful to you and honest with myself. Had I not been honest throughout I would have perished long ago. My hand is within yours, and I am encouraged to know you better. Stay safe and stay strong.
Now it is time to meet the circumstances of my statement and attend to what else is ongoing and before me.
Love,
Bill Ward

You obviously knew that it wouldn’t be long before Ozzy would answer what Bill Ward had to say in that statement above. You don’t call someone out and not expect them to respond to some pretty big claims. So on April 16TH, Ozzy released a statement of his own and read a little something like this:

I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill’s statements left me no option to but to respond honestly.

Wow Bill,
What the f— are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour– physically, you knew you were f—ed. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.
Bill, stop this smokescreen about an “unsignable contract” and let’s be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you’ve only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.
Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand.
God bless you.
Love.
Ozzy

Ozzy makes some pretty substantial claims as we all knew that time was not of the essence for Tony Iommi who is battling cancer and so an obvious quick move had to be made at the time. Meanwhile the band had to cancel their “Farewell” gig at Ozzfest Japan to which many fans suspected that maybe Tony’s condition took a turn for the worse, but he responded saying, “Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind. I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday! Once you’ve had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I’m fine and have regular blood tests.” Meanwhile, on April 17TH, Bill Ward rebutted Ozzy’s statement telling Rolling Stone, “The truth is that I was overweight for playing onstage, but I wasn’t overweight for the studio. I could cut tracks with the weight that I arrived at. All of those guys know that I have a really rigorous exercise regimen. In August 2011, I started to drop weight because, at that point, I thought, “OK, we’re probably at five or six months away from actually doing a tour.” When we were in England, I was walking six miles before breakfast, I was doing bench presses, I was walking possibly two to three miles in the evening, and I was playing, like, three to four hours a day. I’m quite capable of playing a complete f—ing Black Sabbath set. So this health thing has been bandied around, and it’s true that I have heart disease, and it’s true that I did get sick a couple of years after the fact. But when the health card is being thrown around, the bottom line is that I really tried to take care of myself. Every day, I always look at the day and say, “Could I have played a gig today no matter what’s going on with me?” And the answer is always, ‘Yes.’ I’m much harder on me than those guys could ever be … I went through the loss of a dear friendship [with Ozzy]. I actually grieved the loss of his life in my life. It was f—ing terrible. I cried. It was really horrible. I thought, ‘My God, I don’t even know who this person is anymore.“Then on Saturday (April 18), Bill Ward posted a long open letter to Ozzy really responding to everything saying:

  1. You never wanted to discuss in a public forum. BUT, you did by making all these public comments during your interviews for the 13 album and tour. I was only responding in kind. Don’t forget why I spoke out. If you had talked to me and shared your opinions privately, we wouldn’t be here today.
  1. I was ready and in shape to record. I knew I would need to get in better shape for the gigs –same as I have needed to do and have done in the past. I was beginning my workout regime to get “tour ready.”   I knew what I needed to do to play the gigs, and I was confident I would be ready. I would not commit to an extensive tour without believing I could go all the way with it. I wouldn’t do that to our fans.
  1. Shoulder Surgery. This was not a surgery that was an immediate necessity, or an emergency, or something that was prohibitive in terms of playing drums in Sabbath. It wasn’t anything like that. I would have elected to do the surgery after we finished touring, but since that didn’t come to pass, I scheduled it for the fall of 2013. My other surgery, yes was unexpected, but who among us knows what curve balls might be coming our way. Having had to recently cancel your own gigs, I think you could understand that and not hold someone to “what ifs”.
  1. The “unsignable” contract isn’t a smokescreen – it’s the truth. I have been honest with our fans on where I stand. Your opinions of me are completely immaterial – they have nothing to do with my reason for not participating – the “unsignable” contract – that’s it. I wonder if I had signed it if any of this would have come up? I imagine we would have made an album and done a tour with the original line up in place.

Hey Oz,

It’s not going to work.

I can see you,

And, I read your statement.

Boy oh boy.

Well, I know I didn’t expect you to respond to my request of an apology. By the way, it’s pretty easy to go back and really look at what was truth and what was not.

I notice you’re including Tony and Geezer in being in full agreement, that with my health condition I couldn’t have played a two hour set with a drum solo. First time I’ve ever heard about a two hour show with a drum solo. But I’m asking you, not them. Why did you stay in the studio working with me? Why did we go to England for band rehearsals in August 2011? Why did we continue rehearsing in the Fall? Why did we make the announcement of 11/11/11? Why did you call me in late January 2012 asking me to come over to England to continue rehearsals? Why, if you thought I was so unhealthy, did you continue with me at all? You know why, Oz, because I was fine. I was playing. I was good to go.

I ran into no, zero, health problems until October 22nd 2013. Oz, I could have played my ass off in 2012, all the way through to October 22nd 2013. The shoulder operation was optional. It was quiet and I needed a wear and tear adjustment. I was fine. I could have gone without surgery. But listen to you, hitting back and hard, too.

I don’t believe a word of it. I am not an enemy. Eternity will show and serve as proof.

None of it, Oz.

I’m not going to own a fucking thing, other than I came into the studio initially overweight to tour, but not overweight to record. I was good to record. All of you know how much I put in, especially when I prepare to tour.

Your own anticipatory fear has got you by the balls. What fucking smokescreen, about an unsignable contract.

Yes, let’s get honest. I did.

It came out in my statement Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

I’m not playing (your quote). I never did. I don’t fuck with sincerity and honesty, period. I’ve done nothing but bring my truth to the fans. Man, you spin it real well. Sorry I can’t love you back, Oz. I put my love for you somewhere safe inside my heart in 2012 when your stories started showing up. It’s hard to love someone who thinks he’s telling the truth by making false claims, elitist comments and just plain rude statements.

It’ll show up, Oz, in your dreams, in your daily days. I’m clean and have nothing to feel doubtful about. All my actions have been of loyalty, honesty, and open-mindedness.

Stay safe old friend.

Sad we couldn’t roll it out for the fans one more time.

I read your speculation, and your what ifs, your doubts. I’m about as far away from being a victim as I am from Hell itself.

I would have loved to see the original lineup back together, but I do have to admit that Brad Wilk did a terrific job in the studio, but Sabbath just isn’t Sabbath without Bill. Let’s not forget that Bill Ward at one time quit Sabbath because he didn’t believe in going on without Ozzy anymore after being on the Heaven And Hell album. He was quoted saying, “It was intolerable for me to get on the stage without Ozzy. And I drank 24 hours a day, my alcoholism accelerated.” Time will only tell if the two sides ever reconcile and all we can do it wait and see. Stay tuned here for anymore info that comes along.

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

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Pale Emperor Album Artwork Courtesy of Cooking Vinyl

This is something that I used to do on my old blog called Rock And Metal News where I gave you summaries of news stories that involve rock and metal bands. For our first news story, we are taking a look at one of my favorite shock rockers and some new album news. You can credit iTunes New Zealand with unveiling the new album title, track listing, and album cover for Marilyn Manson’s new album which is apparently titled The Pale Emperor. According to that iTunes, the album is due out in January, but we have to remember that nothing has been confirmed from Marilyn Manson’s camp yet. So, the regular version features ten tracks while the deluxe version of the album has thirteen tracks. Here is the track listing below and if you want to check out the first single Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge, just click here.

The Pale Emperor Track Listing:

1. Killing Strangers
2. Deep Six
3. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
4. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
5. Warship My Wreck
6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King
7. The Devil Beneath My Feet
8. Birds of Hell Awaiting
9. Cupid Carries a Gun
10. Odds of Even
11. Day 3 (Deluxe Edition Only)
12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (Deluxe Edition Only)
13. Fall of the House of Death (Deluxe Edition Only)

Black-Tusk-630x420 In other news, Black Tusk bassist Jonathan Athon has died yesterday (November 9, 2014) in a motorcycle accident. I guess he was out cruising with his girlfriend Emily Boutwell when they crashed on November 7 as they hit the side door of an Acura that was driven by an 85 year old man. For most of the weekend, he remained in critical condition, but he unfortunately passed away at the age of 32. The band’s publicist released a statement that read:

It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.

Machine-Head-Robb-Flynn-630x420Machine Head’s Robb Flynn is starting to become one of the most controversial figures in metal whether he was attacking Avenged Sevenfold or his latest blog post where he says no more festivals. When it comes to touring Robb Flynn has said that his band is putting off all of the festivals and here is why, “We’re going to stop doing festivals. As it stands now, we have passed on a headline slot on Wacken, Soundwave Festival in Australia, Download U.K., Sonisphere U.K., Knotfest, Hellfest and a plethora of other festivals throughout the world. In fact, we have made a decision to not do ANY festivals for the entire ‘Bloodstones & Diamonds’ album cycle. In 2012, we did three months straight of ‘summer’ festivals in Europe, but summer in Europe doesn’t really start until September, so for the most part, we were playing outdoors to a lot of people, yes, no doubt, but these people are watching Machine Head at 5PM in the freezing rain with bitter winds ripping across the festival grounds and don’t forget the fatal lightning strike too. Half the time, both the band and the audience are in cold/wet survival mode and to be honest, when it’s like that, no matter how awesome the first Black Sabbath album starts, it’s the lamest environment for a heavy metal show.” He goes on to explain that while the money is good, the expenses end up outweighing what they might have taken in as he explains, “On that 2012 tour we earned more money than we had ever made, some shows were great, a lot were kinda “meh”, but because of fly-dates galore, days-off galore, and some mind-bogglingly bad budgeting we spent all the money we made. Imagine working your ass off for 3 months and not coming home with anything to show for it?” The idea behidn dooing festivals was believe that by throwing a great show, it would open up doors for you as far as new fans are concerned, but Robb doesn’t seem to believe it anymore. He says, “It used to be delivering a killer festival set could be a game changer. But I haven’t seen that happen in a while,” says the vocalist. “For most bands it used to mean, slaying the huddled masses would pack ‘em in next time the band headlined. And ya know what? Maybe it does happen for some bands (though I haven’t heard that recently) but it just isn’t working for us anymore.” So, don’t expect to see them on any festivals in the near future!

barberianpostershop2014I’ve heard of guys doing all sorts of stuff when they retire, but this seems to be something out of You Don’t Mess With The Zohan metal style. In that film, Adam Sandler plays an Israeli secret service agent who just wants to cut hair for a living and not fight anymore. Nergal of Polish Blackened Metal band Behemoth is a singer who likes to defile religious passages with his music that just wants to cut hair for a living at an affordable price. That is correct my fellow metalheads, Nergal opened up a barbershop called Barberian Academy & Barber Shop and it’s strictly for men. Unfortunately, you have to live in Warsaw, Poland if you want to visit the shop that offers hair cuts, beard trims, manicure’s, and other stuff. The reason for opening the shop is that Nergal wanted a new challenge as he opened it with business partner Małgorzatą Marczewską. If you want to find out more about the shop, visit their Facebook page here.

The Osbournes have apparently decided that they want to return for a limited run on Television once again after 13 years since they had been off the air. Apparently, Ozzy wants to do it once again for certain reasons that Sharon explains, “It’s been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did it he was drunk the whole time and he’d like to be sober. As I say, it’s not forever. No more than eight episodes. It’s a kind of catch-up, what they’re doing now.” Well, I for one am not sure if this is something I will venture to watch, but who knows. Filming will commence in January.

Here is an article courtesy of The House Of Hair Online:

Wanna own a piece of Queensrÿche? The band has made the unusual move of offering fans a chance at buying an ownership stake in a company that, according to Billboard.com, entitles them to a “fixed percentage” of future revenue made through sales of Queensrÿche albums and merchandise. The band hopes to raise a total of $2 million with the offering, that requires a minimum buy-in of $50,000.

Attorney Marc LoPresti says Queensrÿche is “hoping that [this move] will engage more people instead of less, because for the guys, it’s about the music and it’s about the fans.” The money raised through the deal will give the group “the flexibility to do a lot of things,” comments drummer Scott Rockenfield. Check out this YouTube video announcing the campaign, and check out the “Building An Empire” site for all the particulars.

So, apparently Michael Sweet Of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken have a new project together called Sweet & Lynch which will have a debut disc out in January of 2015 called Only To Rise and I have the album cover for you to check out below:

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dendropsophus-ozzyi-407f7de-pedro-peloso_85673_990x742There are a lot of creatures that we probably haven’t discovered in the Amazon in Brazil, but a group of metalhead scientists have discovered a new one who was named after Ozzy Osbourne. A group of scientists who were on a month long expedition in the Amazon discovered a frog like creature that can produce bat like sounds that they have named Dendropsophus ozzyi. Pedro Peloso, one of the scientists who discovered the species back in 2009 told National Geographic, “As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it.” The group collected about 21 of the specimen that is brown and orange with long delicate fingers and toes and Pedro says, “the male frogs also have an unusually large vocal sac, a nearly transparent piece of skin that inflates to produce its unique high-pitched chirping sound. Male tree frogs in general make loud calls to communicate with females in distant treetops, but the new species is the first known to sound like a bat.” The group came up with it’s name after they discovered  that they had a mutual love for Black Sabbath and Ozzy. Check it out with the pic directly to the left of this paragraph.

rudd 3Ever since Phil Rudd was arrested for the murder for hire (charges have been dropped and now faces threatening to kill charges), stories have been coming out of the word work about his partying habits. Apparently some prostitutes have come out to speak about Phil’s wild sex escapades with one escort claiming, “There were up to four girls when I’ve been there. He sort of separates the girls. On his boat, he’d have one in his main room, one in the lounge area and one in the smaller room. He’d go to different rooms randomly.” Another woman has come out and stated that she once charged Rudd $1,500 for 8 to 10 hours of fun and she continues, “If he wants a girl he’ll pay top dollar and he’ll have sex with girls in front of whoever is there, right there in the same room. A lot of the girls will do whatever he wants because he’s a big player – whether or not they feel comfortable.” Another prostitute claims that Rudd had stiffed her on a bill and owes her lots of money stating, “I was there for five days straight. It’s not freaking easy because he’s hard work. He was pissed off because I wanted to go home. He booked a lot of girls through my boss, so it was good money. Instead of my boss chasing him up, he let it go because it would ruin future business.” Befoe I continue with another quote from the last girl, it should be noted that prostitution is legal in New Zealand. The woman continues, “It’s hard enough to hang out with him because you can’t understand him. No personality at all. All you do is follow him around and he gets sidetracked. Then he bloody loses his keys and he’s a mess of a person. If he doesn’t eat, you don’t eat, if he doesn’t shower, you don’t shower. That’s what it’s like being with him. I would never go there again even if you paid me a million dollars a week.” Rudd’s son Thomas has come out and defended his father saying he is good man and as we all know no one is perfect. What do you think of this story?

Metallica recently played a gaming convention in Anaheim called BlizzCon with an amazing 70 minute set that featured classics like Fade To Black, Master Of Puppets, Creeping Death, and so much more. If you want to check out the band’s full set, just go here.

black-sabbath-concerto-2014-bologna-concertoAs usual when a band announces that they are doing one last album and tour, you should never believe the hype. Of course, Black Sabbath benefited from that this past summer when everyone thought that the tour would be their last, but now Black Sabbath’s frontman Ozzy Osbourne has made a big announcement concerning the future of Sabbath. Tony Iommi had stated that he vowed to fans that Sabbath wasn’t dead yet (big emphasis on yet) and in an interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy talks about the album 13 and the touring cycle, “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t f— around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.” Ozzy continues to say, “Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to [his wife & manager] Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath, I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said, ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later, I asked her about it again, and she said, ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t f—ing 21 anymore, if we’re going to do I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said, ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.” So, there is some of the future of Sabbath spilled out right there for you. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

90e6d4e40725e74c32ddfb2c7203116aI figured right now would be the perfect time to review my favorite Ozzy record of all time since we have seen the return of Jake E Lee into to the metal world with his new project Red Dragon Cartel. The Ultimate Sin would be Ozzy’s fourth solo album as well as the second to feature Jake E Lee as the guitarist alongside Phil Soussan (his first and only with Ozzy), and their brand new drummer Randy Castillo. Before the recording of the album, Ozzy would enter the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment of his substance abuse problem in 1985. When he left the studio he was presented with a boatload of music that was written by Lee and most of those songs would eventually form the record. Before Soussan was hired to do the record, longtime Ozzy bassist Bob Daisley had written most of the lyrics for the album, but he had an argument with Ozzy and he left. During the recording sessions for the demos, future Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso worked with Daisley and Lee, but he left as well after Ozzy had committed to work with Sabbath for the Live Aid concert which prompted them to hire former Lita Ford drummer Randy Castillo once recording started.

img_0942The album was originally supposed to called Killer Of Giants, but for some reason Ozzy squashed that idea last minute before the release of the record. The album was released on February 22, 1986 and was certified platinum by May of 1986. To say the least, the album was very successful, but for some odd reason it’s the only Ozzy record to be deleted out of Ozzy’s catalog. You may b asking why and some reasons have been given and proven false, but ultimately no one knows why. The album starts off with the title track and the cadence like drum beat before Jake comes roaring in. Secret Loser is the next track and Jake is on fire with razor sharp guitar riffs while Ozzy talks about losing his battle with drug addiction. The song also contains one of my favorite guitar solos on the album from Jake which showcases his abilities on the guitar. Never Know Why has a cool guitar effect to start the song that makes it seem dark and ominous, but then out of nowhere the band explodes right in. This song was one of my anthems because I felt that Ozzy was singing about us metal heads explaining to the non believers that they will truly never know why we rock. Thank God For The Bomb is one hell of a rocking tune that talks about what was a serious issue back in the 80’s during the tail end of the cold war. The title is obvious sarcasm because the bomb is probably the worst thing ever invented. Never starts off with a killer riff from Jake and he continues with some razor fast riffs that almost force you to play air guitar. The song’s solo starts off sounding very bluesy before Jake kills it on guitar with his lightning fast guitar playing style.

ozzy-osbourne-the-ultimate-sin-4-cdLightning Strikes features some monstrous chunky riffs from guitar maestro Jake with some killer pinches (or false harmonics as I call them) in the chorus. Killer Of Giants features one of the coolest intros from Jake where he’s playing on the clean channel while the song also features some great harmonizing from Ozzy singing about and questioning why the world’s giants continue to threaten to fight. It’s honestly one of my favorites on the record because the song could apply to today’s thinking. Fool Like You features the rhythm section stepping up big time to help create a monster song with Jake’s playing style. Shot In The Dark is one of my favorite songs of all time. It was the first song I had ever heard from Ozzy and it’s the lone track that was co-written by Phil Sossan. It’s believed that the song is about two assassins that are forced to kill each other even though there in love. Sounds a lot like Mr. and Mrs Smith, but I wish I knew the true meaning behind the song. The song features some of my all time favorite riffs from Jake and it’s a song that I can keep on repeat for a long time cause it never gets old.

img-23The unfortunate thing behind this record is what would happen when the tour ended. Unfortunately, Jake was fired by Sharon Osbourne via telegram while he was working on his car. I’ll never truly understand why Ozzy had gotten rid of Jake because Jake still remains my all time Post-Randy Rhoads guitarist. Jake would move on to form Badlands with former Sabbath singer Ray Gillen and current Kiss drummer Eric Singer. After Badlands broke up, it would be years until we had heard from Jake. Randy Castillo would stay in Ozzy for a long time before he left the band in 1994. He would eventually move on to replace Tommy Lee in Motley Crue before his death in 2002. A little fun fact, Tommy helped Randy get the job in Ozzy’s solo band back in 1985. Phil Soussan has played in several bands after leaving Ozzy right after this record and he still continues to record. As I had said before this is one of my favorite Ozzy records of all time so I am giving it 5 stars out of five because that is how much I love it.

File:SabbathBorn.jpgThe album I chose for this week’s album of the week celebrated it’s 30TH anniversary on August 7TH and in my opinion is the most underrated album ever released by Black Sabbath. On August 7, 1983, Black Sabbath released their 11TH studio album Born Again which featured legendary Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillian. The band was originally supposed to be called Born Again, but their manager Don Arden suggested that the band used the Black Sabbath name because it was more recognizable. Before settling on Gillan, the band had considered other candidates like David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) to replace Ronnie James Dio, but decided that Gillan was the best vocalist out there that was available. The album also marked the return of original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward who was living a new sober life. There was also a lot of controversy surrounding the album cover that the guys chose. The album cover was designed by Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule and was taken from a black and white photo of a baby that had appeared in a magazine. Bill Ward hated the album cover and had even said that Ian Gillan had vomited when he saw the cover for the first time even though Iommi approved the cover. Don Arden, who hated Ozzy Osbourne for marrying his daughter Sharon, would tease Ozzy by saying that his children resembled the baby on the cover.

born againThe first track on the album was called Trashed and the song was about how Ian Gillan crashed Bill Ward’s car during a alcohol fueled race around the grounds of the recording studio. It was also one of the 15 songs to make the PMRC’s Filthy Fifteen list. Stonehenge is just a weird and eerie intro track to the next song complete with a heartbeat and some soundscapes. Disturbing The Priest starts like a bat out of hell with Ian Gillan giving a menacing laugh. The song contains the best of both worlds for both Deep Purple and Black Sabbath fans with the bluesy doom metal sound and some amazing, epic vocal screams from Gillan. The Dark is another intro track with some weird sounds, but it leads into one of my favorite tracks on the record. Zero The Hero is the prototypical Sabbath doom metal track that the band was known for doing with those deep notes that you feel in your guts when Butler and Iommi are together. Plus the track has an amazing guitar solo and it ends side one of your vinyl or cassette.

born again 2Digital Bitch shows that Tony Iommi can shred with the best of them and it kind of has a Deep Purple feel to it. Born Again, the title track, is very bluesy at heart and Gillan’s voice is just amazing throughout the whole track. Hot Line showcases  the fact the band can write a real hard rock song while still making it cool enough to be a Sabbath song. Keep It Warm‘s sleazy blues like ways close out the most underrated Sabbath album known to man. I know a lot of different people have talked crap about the album cover, but I think it’s kind of iconic at this point in the game. One last cool fact before I give this a final grade is that the fact Sabbath couldn’t use the life size replicas of Stonehenge because they wouldn’t fit into arenas inspired a scene in This Is Spinal Tap. For a final grade, I am going to give the album 3.8 stars out of Five. If you’re a fan of both Black Sabbath and Deep Purple then you need to check out this album.

File:Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears.JPGNo More Tears was definitely one of my favorite albums from Ozzy that featured Zakk Wylde on guitar. It was Ozzy’s sixth studio album that was released on September 17, 1991 that has some interesting facts about it. I was always under the impression that Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) had performed the bass tracks on the record as you see him in the music videos, but longtime collaborator and bassist Bob Daisley recorded all the bass tracks. It was the last record to feature him on bass and the album also featured four tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Mike Inez, however, did compose the music for the title track No More Tears. The album spawned five singles with four of them hitting the top ten and I Don’t Want To Change The World winning a Grammy. The album to date has sold over 5 million and debuted at number 7 when it was released. It was one of two of Ozzy’s biggest selling albums with the other one being The Blizzard Of Ozz. This was also one of the last albums to feature the late and great Randy Castillo on the drums.

bMr. Tinkertrain opens up the album and it has to be one of the most twisted songs on the record as it deals with the topic of child kidnappers. With lines like, “the kind of toys you’ve never seen, man-made and a bit obscene!”  and when the song kicks off you can hear Ozzy say, “Would you like some sweeties, little girl?” The riff is just amazingly awesome as it is one of Zakk’s best because the riff has some big balls and swagger. I Don’t Want To Change The World is the next track on the record and it is one of the tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister. It opens up with a monster riff by the lord of the ping Zakk and some monster bass playing from Daisley in a song about defiant because Ozzy was going through some big changes at the time. Mama, I’m Coming Home is one of the highlights of the record with it’s clean acoustic guitars as Lemmy helped pen this song which is an apology from Ozzy to Sharon. Don’t worry cause the song has some electric to it as it’s another track that demonstrates that Zakk can play and that he is a riff lord. Mama is actually the only solo Ozzy single to ever crack the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The other being his duet with Lita Ford (Close My Eyes Forever).

File:OzzyOsbourne MamaImComingHome Single 1991.jpgDesire is the next track on the record and another track penned by Lemmy. The opening monster bass riff sounds like a steam engine coming down the track before Zakk absolutely rips it, just check out the solo. The title track comes up next with it’s recognizable opening bass riff and the keyboards that make the track eerie before Zakk comes in with his guitar playing while the hand slides up and down the neck playing the same riff, but with the sound getting heavier and lighter depending on where his hands are positioned on the neck. Ozzy’s nasally styled vocals are some of the best on this track as he describes the song as being about a serial killer.  The track also has an art-rock styled bridge that I think is perfect because I miss that part when it’s cut out of the radio single. S.I.N. opens with a blues styled riff from Zakk before it kicks in like a freight train going a 1000. Hellraiser is the last track on the record that features Lemmy as a writer and it’s a track that Ozzy should have released as a single because it rips especially with the call and response between the rhythm section and Zakk Wylde.

abcdTime After Time is just simply an amazing track with Zakk playing the clean guitar in the beginning, but with one click of the pedal it’s off to power chord heaven. Zombie Stomp is another track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff and some sound effects. After a few minutes of the ominous beginning, the band finally kicks it into overdrive as Ozzy tells you to do the Zombie Stomp. A.V.H. has that southern drawl to it with Zakk and his slide guitar in the beginning of the track before they start playing the blues driven hard rock. Road To Nowhere is one of my all time favorite tracks on this record because at one time I thought it described my life. It’s a classic in the same vein as Mama, I’m Coming Home and Time After Time with it’s ballad like intro and heavy rock mixed together. This is an album that definitely put Zakk Wylde on the map and it definitely made people believe that he actually wasn’t the Randy Rhoads clone that they were pinning him for. I am giving this album 4 stars out of five.

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