In a recent video interview with NME, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne discussed the future of the reunited band, including dropping the news that the band has recorded 15 new songs for an upcoming album. Both bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi expanded upon the creative process, saying that producer Rick Rubin put on their first album for them and told them to imagine it was 1969. He followed that up by asking, “What would you do next?” Iommi said that this definitely influenced the sound of the new material, saying that “…it’s taken on the flavor of the old stuff…but with a different look to it.”
However, the Black Sabbath reunion is not necessarily as complete as most fans would like. Drummer Bill Ward has officially pulled out of the reunion, citing incredible difficulties with the Black Sabbath management as the issue. You can read his statement here.
Alright Black Sabbath fans, chime in here. Do you think Rick Rubin has helped the band reach a place where musical magic might happen or are we gonna get a lackluster release? READ MORE
In a few days, legendary punk and metal vocalist Danzig will be hitting the road for several tour dates across the States. On four of these dates, Danzig will be joined by ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle. The other dates will be “Legacy” sets, featuring music from The Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig.
In anticipation of these dates, Bloody-Disgusting got the chance to ask Danzig a few questions about the upcoming tour, his upcoming album of covers, his thoughts on the Internet and its effect on the music industry, and his love of horror. You can read the exclusive interview below. READ MORE
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has officially pulled out of the three confirmed 2012 live shows that the band has planned. There were concerns that Ward would not perform for a while now due to contractual issues. Now, on the official Black Sabbath website, Ward has written a lengthy statement regarding the situation (which I’ve copied and pasted below). The gist of it is that Ward was not able to come to an agreement with the Black Sabbath management team and this is why he has decided not to perform.
I have to say that I feel that management screwed this one up. There is no sense in calling a show a reunion when an original member is left out of the reunion. Unless someone has passed away you do what you can to get everyone together because that is the magic of the event. It’s seeing a group come together to perform the music that they loved and cherished and worked so hard to create. Fans deserve to see that, not a hodge podge of musicians that’ll “do”. READ MORE
Alright music festival fans, the full Lollapalooza 2012 line up has been unveiled! The main headliners of the show will be Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Black Sabbath. Other notable artists (at least for me) are At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Metric, Madeon, and maybe Bloc Party. Oh, and Franz Ferdinand put on one hell of a show.
I do have to say that I’m excited to hear that Black Sabbath will be performing. It’s good to hear that guitarist Tony Iommi is not letting his lymphoma get in the way of the reunion. It’s this kind of perseverance and tenacity that shows his strength and commitment.
The Chicago music festival will take place August 3-5 in Grant Park. You can check out the full line up and order tickets HERE. READ MORE
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has just been diagnosed with early stages of lymphoma. Although the exact kind of lymphoma has not been announced, it’s good news that it was caught early on. Iommi is working with doctors to figure out the best course of treatment and has not let this stop him from recording and rehearsing for the new Black Sabbath album.
Having had a lot of personal interaction with cancer in my life, I know just how traumatic and tough it can be. I give my sincere well wishes to Tony and hope for a speedy recovery.
Below is a statement from the band’s Facebook page.
Beileid is the seventh album release from Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, a four man project who’ve evolved from a 1992 German hardcore band into what they are today – the founders, masters, and pioneers of the doom jazz subgenre – which blends horror themes with blackened, jazz driven ambience. In the past and at its prime, its has been the perfect replacement for foul, Black Sabbath atmospheres when fast rhythms aren’t quite in sync with the mood - Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore are the consistent go-to alternative for slower, drowsier, aural evils.
Okay William Shatner, I gave you the benefit of the doubt with Iron Man, but now watching you do vocals, this has got to be some cosmic joke, right? Not only are you singing out of tune but whoever did your video can’t even spell “album” right? What the hell is an “ablum”?
Readers, watch the video after the jump for a good laugh.
William Shatner, to some, is a man who can do no wrong. From Star Trek to Priceline to Airplane II to Twilight Zone, Shatner has become less of an actor and more of a cultural icon. Now, the icon wants to enter the music scene by putting out a 2-disc album called Seeking Major Tom consisting of covers and one original. After the jump, you can hear Captain Kirk do his rendition of Black Sabbath‘s classic track Iron Man, which features Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) on guitars. Also after the jump is the full track list of Shatner’s Seeking Major Tom.
Iconic rocker Sebastian Bach will be releasing a new solo album on September 27th titled Kicking And Screaming. Bach claims, ”I could not be happier with my new album. The songs, performances and sound quality are beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is my best record yet and I can’t wait for all of you to crank it!”
The album features virtuoso guitarist Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford, Riot) and is produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter).
Bloody-Disgusting has scored three promo copies of the WhoCares? single, which features some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal history and we want to give it to one of you luck readers! Check it out: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Jason Newsted of Metallica, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Linde Lindstrom of HIM, and Jon Lord of Deep Purple. BAM! Talk about magic in the making, right? Well, all these musicians got together for a really good cause, so check out all the info, including how to enter, after the jump.
Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to the darker side of life. Constantly surrounded with dark, gothic imagery that was heavily influenced by horror, Ozzy is now opening up about how the film The Exorcist influenced Black Sabbath in their early days. Check out the quote after the jump.
Music takes a big place in video game trailers, in my opinion. I mean look at the Dead Island trailer, that song made it as epic as it was. All the previous Gears trailers had songs that really made them give you the chills. More trailers need to focus on music, whether it gives you chills or it makes you want to kick some ass.
Gears Of War 3 will be out September 20th exclusively for the Xbox 360. READ MORE
On May 6th, Who Cares, the musical supergroup featuring Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), and friends (including Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Linde Lindstrom (HIM), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and many others), will release their debut digital single. The single pack will include two brand new songs entitled ‘Out Of My Mind‘ and ‘Holy Water‘. You can check out the music video for ‘Out Of My Mind‘ after the jump as well as a list of all the special guests on the two tracks.
The tracks were recorded as a means to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1988. Ian Gillan says, ”The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer.”
Danzig has entered the studio to record a long-delayed album that consists only of covers. According to Blabbermouth.net, five songs have already been laid down, including a tribute to Elvis and one to Black Sabbath. Can we put in some requests? I want to hear Danzig bust out some ‘Barbie Girl’. No joke, I’d buy the album in a second if he did that.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
VH1 just kicked off the sixth season of “That Metal Show”, where hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are back to interview some of your favorite artists. The show features an all new one-hour format allowing more time to get up close and personal with these metal stars. Make sure to check out the show every Saturday at 11pm.
Check after the jump to see which artists are scheduled for each episode.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”
There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download HERE.
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.
Bloody-Disgusting is happy to present to you an exclusive short interview with Jean Saiz, guitarist and vocalist for Shroud Eater, a Florida based stoner/noise rock trio. Jean also did the artwork for the Shroud Eater 3 song EP (which you can download at their official website HERE: Just go to Music and follow the instructions). Check inside to see what’s going on in the world of Shroud Eater and keep an eye out for Jean’s Top 10 Horror list coming soon!
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!
Sad news today as Ronnie James Dio, who sang with Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath and Dio, has passed away at age 67. Dio was battling stomach cancer which he announced last summer after finishing a Heaven and Hell tour.
His wife/manager, Wendy Dio, published the following statement:
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”
We get an update on metal legend Ronnie James Dio’s battle with cancer by way of his wife and manager, Wendy Dio.
“After a few hiccups between Christmas and New Year’s, such as a blood clot, a trip to the emergency room, and a three day stay at the hospital, we had a quiet holiday spent with family and close friends. Ronnie and I just returned from Houston, where Ronnie had his third chemo treatment, and all seems to be going well. Ronnie and Simon Wright went to see Avatar, which he thought was amazing! He has also been writing more chapters for his book” READ MORE
In a statement released to Blabbermouth, Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio said “Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.”
“Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio.”
“Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up.”
Of Course Ronnie James Dio is the legendary frontman of Elf, Dio, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell. DIO cancelled its European tour last week after Ronnie was taken ill. The band’s lineup for the trek was supposed to include WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO axeman Doug Aldrich due to the fact that the group’s regular guitarist, Craig Goldy, had prior touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia. READ MORE
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients – an elderly medium who died during a seance.