When it was announced that the legendary Black Sabbath was reuniting and would be releasing a new album, the music world rejoiced. The very thought of Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Bill Ward all joining each other in the studio to record new music was something that had seemed, for ages, an impossibility. After all, if 35 years since Never Say Die! wasn’t enough to make this seem like a myth, surely the age of each member was enough to be the final nail in the coffin. But no, the band dismissed all, stuck their devil horns in the air, and proclaimed, “We once said ‘never say die’ and we fucking meant it!”
Then came Iommi’s lymphoma and the departure of Bill Ward. Suddenly the fate of the album was cast into doubt and no one knew for certain if it was ever going to see the light of day. Then came the questions of, “Was it even necessary?” But the group stuck to their guns and enlisted the aid of Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk to record all percussion. The album moved forward under the guidance of renowned producer Rick Rubin and 13 was born.
Now, today, the album is available for the world to hear. Have the pioneers of heavy metal been able to deliver yet another album that inspires millions of aspiring musicians or has age tamed these once wild beasts? Find out below. READ MORE
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath has released an official music video for the new single “God Is Dead?”, which comes from the band’s new studio album 13 (out tomorrow). The video mixes classic performance of the band with new, heavily effected scenes that call to mind John Carpenter’s They Live mixed with global despair. It’s a video that is very applicable in that it calls to mind the Occupy movements as well the riots and revolutions that are occurring around the world. Check it out below. READ MORE
Black Sabbath, the originators of heavy black metal, have made their new album 13 available for streaming via iTunes. Simply open up iTunes, go to the iTunes store, and click on the big Black Sabbath banner. Also, make sure to pre-order the album here.
Produced by Rick Rubin, 13 is the first Sabbath album since 1978′s Never Say Die 35 years ago to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne. He is joined by original guitarist Tony Iommi and original bassist Geezer Butler. The group had a very public falling out with original drummer Bill Ward which included public letters and statements from both parties. Drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) filled in for drum duties.
I’m listening to the album right now and loving it so far. It’s a throwback to a time when metal was sinister, heavy, and didn’t rely upon shredding or insanely fast rhythms to elicit head banging. READ MORE
A full Black Sabbath N. American summer headlining tour has been announced wherein the band will be hitting the road in late July, playing 20 markets before finishing in early September. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming release 13, which comes out June 11th (pre-order the album here. I know I’ll be at the DTE Energy Music Theater show, so who’s going to join me?
The full touring schedule can be seen below along with the band’s first single, “God Is Dead?”. READ MORE
Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath have finally released the first single from their upcoming album 13, which comes out June 11th. Entitled “God Is Dead?”, the song is a dark, foreboding, sinister rocker that has all the earmarks of a classic Sabbath track. And for those of you who doubted Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, rest assured that he nailed his role and brings a solid performance that doesn’t seek to stand out or dazzle but rather fit in perfectly with what the band is doing. Give the song a listen below! READ MORE
Heavy metal icons Black Sabbath have released another in-studio video that shows Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler discussing what it’s like working together again. Producer Rick Rubin and recording drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) also chime in on what it’s like working with the three legends. You can watch the video below.
Black Sabbath is currently gearing up for the release of their new studio album 13, which comes out June 11th. You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath will be premiering their first single “End Of The Beginning” on…CSI? Yup! Apparently the band was interested in premiering their track on the hit CBS show and executive producer Don McGill readily agreed. The band will be featured on the show as a concert performance attended by several of the show’s characters.
“When we first heard that Black Sabbath was interested in premiering a song on CSI from their first studio album in 35 years, we were all really excited. So many of us are longtime fans,” says McGill.
Black Sabbath will be releasing their new album 13 on June 11th. READ MORE
British heavy metal band Black Sabbath have unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming album 13, which comes out June 11th. The band has also released a short teaser of new music, which you can hear below. 13 is produced by Rick Rubin and features Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums.
Pre-orders for 13 can be found here. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive first listen to Device‘s cover of the classic song “Close My Eyes Forever”. This cover sees singer David Draiman (Disturbed) take on Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals and is joined by Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who tackles Lita Ford‘s parts. The song will be hitting radio later today, so keep your dials tuned in! Head on below to listen to the track as well as to see Draiman explain how the song came about!
Device‘s upcoming self-titled debut features ex-Filter guitarist Gene Lenardo, who co-wrote the album. Joining as the touring incantation is Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
The self-titled album features guest appearances from Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). The album comes out April 9th and can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
Shock rocker/horror movie director Rob Zombie has released a lyric video for his current single “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown”. The video visuals are very colorful and reflect the artwork of Zombie’s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which comes out April 23rd. The album features 12 tracks, including a cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “We’re An American Band”. The album was produced by Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd).
You can see the album artwork, track list, and lyric video below. READ MORE
Modern classic hard rock band Heaven & Earth have released an official music video for “No Money, No Love”. Directed by photographer Glen Wexler (Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson), the video is a visual smorgasbord of midgets, magicians, prostitutes, and more, all within an old Hotel.
Heaven & Earth’s debut album, Dig, will be released April 23rd. It was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
Discussing Dig, founder Stuart Smith states, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
You can watch the video below. READ MORE
British heavy metal band Black Sabbath have uploaded a new studio update video that includes interviews with members Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler as well as drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and producer Rick Rubin. Also included in the video are snippets of new songs, which come from the band’s upcoming album 13, the first studio record with Ozzy since 1978′s Never Say Die. Head on below to see the video.
Pre-orders for the new album can be found here. The album will be released June 11th. READ MORE
Rocker/director Rob Zombie will be releasing his new album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on Apr. 23rd. The album features 12 tracks, including a cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “We’re An American Band” and was produced by Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd). If you head below, you can hear the first single from the album, “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown”, as well as check out the track list and album artwork. READ MORE
NWOBHM pioneers Black Sabbath have released a video showing the band in the studio recording their new album. It is the first Black Sabbath album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978′s Never Say Die!. The recording lineup features original guitarist Tony Iommi and original bassist Geezer Butler with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk recording as a session musician. The album is being produced by Rick Rubin (Metallica, Slayer) and will be released this year.
The video plays off almost like a mini-documentary with interviews from each of the members (sans Wilk). They all detail what this album means to them, with Osbourne stating, “This Black Sabbath album is quite possibly the most important album of my career.
You can watch it below. READ MORE
Adrenaline Mob, the supergroup formed by ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X singer Russ Allen, and Sonic Stomp‘s Mike Orlando, will be touring the US in support of their debut album Omerta (review). The tour will consist of two legs this spring although only the first leg has been revealed.
The band will also be releasing an EP of covers. Featuring eight tracks, the EP includes songs by Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, and more. Check out all the information below. READ MORE
Hard rocker/film director Rob Zombie has unveiled the title of his next album as Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and adds that the album will be released April 23rd. The album was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd).
Talking with ToledoFreePress, Zombie states, “It seems to happen every couple of years or every 10 years or every five years or whatever, you have a moment when it all comes together. Not that the other records are bad, but not every record can be like the most inspired event in your life. But for some reason, this one feels like it is. The songwriting, the sound of it, the vibe, the production — it’s special.” READ MORE
Metal’s very own Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne was injured when a small fire broke out in his house. Apparently, a candle that wife Sharon Osbourne had left burning through the night exploded the glass vase it was in. Ozzy, who recently had surgery on his hand, tried to air the room while Sharon poured water on the flames. However, the fire was oil based, so the water simply spread the fire and Ozzy was injured during the spread, suffering singed hair and hurting his recently operated hand. Firefighters were called and put out the blaze without any issue.
Sharon described the entire ordeal on her show The Talk. You can read her description below. READ MORE
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have announced that their first studio album in 30 years will entitled 13 and will be coming out this June. Not only that, but the band has revealed the recording drummer as Rage Against The Machine‘s Brad Wilk, who took over drum duties after original drummer Bill Ward stepped out of the reunion. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded primarily in Los Angeles.
Alright Black Sabbath fans, who’s chomping at the bits for this? Talk to me here! READ MORE
David Draiman (singer of Disturbed) has let loose some details surrounding his industrial band Device. The first bit of information that has come forth is that the first single “Vilify” from the debut record will hit radios on Feb. 19th. A video is being filmed today. Next is that the record has a tentative release date of April 9th.
The album will have guest appearances from Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Lizzy Hale (Halestorm).
The live band will see Draiman supported by drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Dark New Day) and guitarist Virus (Dope). READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
In a recent post on the official Tool website, it looks like everything has been confirmed for the band to appear at Ozzfest 2013, which will take place in Japan on May 11th and 12th. Tool will be the direct openers for Black Sabbath on the 12th while Deftones, Slash, and Slipknot will be the main acts on the 11th. More information can be found on the official website here. READ MORE
According to their November Newsletter, Tool members Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey will be continuing the writing process for their fifth full-length studio album, which is as-of-yet-untitled and also has no concrete release date. This album will be the follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days.
There is also a rumor going around the web that Tool will be playing Day 2 of Ozzfest Japan in May, 2013. Confirmed to be on the package is Slash, Deftones, and Slipknot (who will be headlining Day 1), and Stone Sour, and Black Sabbath (who are headlining Day 2). This rumor comes from a website entitled Ozzfest Japan but the Tool newsletter seems rather dubious, stating that they, “…have NOT been told that this is confirmed,” and that they, “…have NOT received anything that could be considered official about any shows.”
While it’s exciting to think that Tool will be releasing a new album and hitting the road, I find it best to not hold my breath and just be patient. It’s almost always worth it.
Make sure to check out our “From Worst To Best: Tool” list here. READ MORE
SiriusXM Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin was recently able to head into Shangri La Studios in Malibu, CA to catch up with Black Sabbath on their upcoming album, which will be the first studio release from them in over 33 years. It has been confirmed that the band has written 15 songs, 12 of which will appear on the final record (the other three will most likely be used as deluxe edition bonus tracks). One song title has been confirmed as “God Is Dead” (Really? Really??).
The guitars (and most likely drums) were laid down earlier this year in England, allowing singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler to record their parts in five-song increments with producer Rick Rubin. Butler is currently writing lyrics while Ozzy is laying down vocals.
Alright Sabbath fans, what are your thoughts? Are you excited for a new Black Sabbath album or do you think 33 years is too long for the magic to still be there? READ MORE
A video entitled “Exposing Metal Bands (satanic illuminati) PART 1″ from user AprilAndWayneShow has been slowly gaining interest on YouTube (as of this posting, the video has over 70k views). The video takes several metal bands, including Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Suicide Silence, and more, and “proves” that their music, their visuals, and their lyrics all promote the worship of Satan and steer people away from the one true religion: Christianity.
Rife with spelling and grammar errors, the video and the “proof” is full of holes. For instance, in trying to convince the viewer that the musicians are possessed by the Devil, the video uses quotes directly from musicians such as “…It’s like a mysterious energy that comes from the metaphysical plane and into my body. It’s almost like being a medium…” (Marc Storace of Krokus) or, “…I’ve always considered tha there was some way where we were able to channel energy, and that energy was able to be, from another source, if you like, like a higher power or something, that was actually doing the work.” (Bill Ward of Black Sabbath).
Notice that neither of these quotes discusses whether it is God or Satan that is the “energy”. It’s simply the fact that these are metal musicians that makes them inherently evil.
The joke of a video can be seen below along with another video that, for as amusing as it is, is also very applicable in this situation. READ MORE