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Video Du Jour: Black Sabbath

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by 30daysout

Black Sabbath is back – almost. Earlier this year the original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward announced they would be making a new album and touring this year. However, guitarist Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma for which he’s required treatment and drummer Ward has stayed away due to contractual issues. So they’ve drastically scaled back any touring plans.

Instead of a full-fledged Sabbath tour, people in Europe are going to get a few dates and the group – with replacement drummer Tommy Clufetos – will make its only North America appearance this year at Lollapalooza, in Chicago. Gearing up for an appearance June 10 at the U.K. Download Festival, Sabbath played a warmup show recently at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. Here’s “Iron Man” from that show.

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Black Sabbath reunites for new album, world tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 11, 2011 by 30daysout

This is what all the speculation was about … Black Sabbath, with original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, announced today they are recording a new album with mega-producer Rick Rubin at the helm. Then, in June or so of next year, they will begin a world tour.  And to think I almost purchased Roger Waters tickets today. Awesome!

You can see a short video from today’s news conference here.

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Black Sabbath

Posted in Rock Classics! with tags , , , , on May 2, 2010 by 30daysout

You sorta knew we were gonna get here, didn’t you?  Today we sail into heavy metal seas with our friends Black Sabbath and their 1975 release Sabotage.  Believe it or not, when Black Sabbath first appeared in 1970 they were universally recognized as one of the better imitators of peers Led Zeppelin.  But after their debut Sabbath went in a completely different direction, and along the way invented heavy metal.

Sabotage came at an interesting juncture for Ozzy Osbourne and Co.  Sabbath had already become world famous (thanks to Paranoid and “Iron Man”), they experimented with progressive rock (Vol. 4) and became recognized riff-meisters (thanks to guitarist Tony Iommi’s work on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath).   So on Sabotage, their sixth album, the newly evolved Black Sabbath retrenched a bit to their meat-and-potatoes headbanging with killer riffs and (slightly) more mature lyrics.

Osbourne has never been much of a singer, but he presides over everything here with his trademark earnestness.  That goofy cluelessness is just a put-on – Ozzy’s actually a pretty shrewd showman.  “Thrill Of It All” is a perfect place to jump in on Black Sabbath: it has one killer riff after another, and just enough extra filigree (subtle synth shading) to make it sound up to date (for 1975).  Iommi’s solos aren’t too far removed from Jimmy Page’s, and he helps himself out by providing some fine rhythm guitar backing.

“Megalomania” is also pretty decent, despite its nearly 10-minute length.  Here drummer Bill Ward shines – and when you get to the multi-tracked guitar assault from Iommi toward song’s end you realize this is the beginning of the path that would eventually lead us to Metallica and Megadeth.  Likewise with “Symptom Of The Universe” – but you don’t have to wait eight minutes to get those crunching riffs.  Iommi begins “Symptom” with a volley of warning shots that’s only a harbinger of the fun to come.  Actually, I think Ozzy turns in one of his best-ever vocals on this song.

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