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
Legendary punk/thrash band Suicidal Tendencies has announced that they will be releasing their first new album in 13 years and it is fittingly entitled 13. This is going to cause a little bit of confusion as Black Sabbath‘s new album is also called 13. Ah well, such is life.
The new album will be released March 26th via Suicidal Records and was produced by Mike Muir and Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Hole). This album marks the 30th anniversary of the band.
Lead vocalist Mike Muir states, “First, thank you for all the people that have patiently waited for this record. Now I will shut up and let the music do the talking.”
Head on below to view a video for their new track “Cyco Style” as well as see the track list and upcoming tour dates. 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
Hard rock/metal guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) will be bringing his book Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination to paperback on April 9th. The book was co-written by New York Times bestselling author Eric Hendrikx. The book chronicles what really happens behind bus windows and stage doors. Head on below for an amusing trailer of Zakk reading the book to some children. READ MORE
Razor & Tie have announced the addition of Finnish rock band HIM to their N. American roster. The band recently finished work on their eighth studio album Tears On Tape, which is set for an Apr. 30th release date. The album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant)
HIM lead vocalist Ville Valo comments, “We´re infernally glad to be dressed sharply enough for our dearest comrades in the U.S. (for once), R&T A-Go-Go!!!”
Razor & Tie A&R Executive Mike Gitter adds, “Few artists are able to tap into rock at its most emotional and forlorn and make it sound so damn uplifting and powerful. That’s Ville Valo and HIM’s stock-in-trade. They take the rawest of emotions and channel them into unforgettable anthems- invoking the spirit of great rock n roll in the process.”
The band will be announcing a US tour next week. 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
An all-star group of musicians have come together to join The Infinite Staircase for a charity single. Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), and John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain), the band has completed a single entitled “The Pride”, which will hit iTunes next Tuesday via Vanity Music Group. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V.Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Co-writer, vocalist, and guitarist, Lenny Cerzosie explains, “In terms of the writing process and the meaning behind “The Pride”… the coolest thing about it to me is that it was written by all of us, it was a group effort.”
Head below for more information. 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
In honor of Zakk Wylde‘s birthday, the man himself has opened up a new merch shop and is offering everyone 10% off of anything in the store with the promo code “happybdayzakk”. The promo is good only through Jan. 20th, so get to ordering! You can watch a video of Zakk’s birthday celebrations below.
Black Label Society will also be recording a new live DVD entitled Unblackened on March 6th at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. The set list will tackle several songs from the band’s back catalogue as well as a few songs from Wylde’s solo project as well as his Pride & Glory side project.
The twist to this show is that it will be a stripped down acoustic performance. There will be a four-piece string section as well as a pedal steel guitar and special guests used throughout the set. The DVD will be released later this year. READ MORE
Finnish hard rockers Lordi have announced that they will be releasing a new album entitled To Beast Or Not To Beast on March 19th via The End Records. The album was recorded at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, TN with producer Michael Wagner (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Megadeth). This album will be the debut for new members Halla on keys and Mana on drums.
Mr. Lordi states, “The road to this album has truly been paved by hardships. However, the new line-up of the band has given us new and fresh touch and an energetic edge to the recording process, and to the album itself.
“The album cover painting is actually a part of a larger picture. The original artwork had this vintage- styled lady holding a horned skull, which, however, was not the main point of the art piece. There was something not quite right with the setting, so I made experiments with various versions and framings. Album title was Upgradead at that point in time, and the painting was done with that title in mind.
”But now, with a changed concept of the artwork, the title did not seem to fit anymore. We did not consider it an A-class name either. Our guitarist Amen came up with the final title, which we felt suitable and perfect both for the cover artwork and the album.”
Check out the album cover and track list 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
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
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
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
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
Black Label Society
and Ozzy Osbourne
guitarist Zakk Wylde
is releasing Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination
, a new book aimed at the younger crowd to instruct them on what life on the road is really like. The book will have personal anecdotes as well instructions for surviving the rigors of the touring lifestyle. You can preorder the book here
To promote this book, Zakk has released a video where he appears to read excerpts from the book to several children. End result? A few of the kids don’t make it. Check it out below!
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.
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.