Ozzy Osbourne (ft. Jeff Beck) – “Patient Number 9” (Video – 2022)

June 27, 2022 at 7:42 pm (Black Sabbath, Music)

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Tony Iommi – “Scent of Dark” (Video – 2021)

November 26, 2021 at 9:17 am (Black Sabbath, Music)

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Ozzy Osbourne (ft. Elton John) – “Ordinary Man” (Video – 2020)

December 17, 2020 at 3:31 pm (Black Sabbath, Music)

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Black Sabbath – “Never Say Die: Live in 1978” (Concert – 1978)

August 19, 2019 at 8:48 pm (Black Sabbath, Music)

Live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, June 1978, on the final tour with the original lineup until their reunion in the 1990s…

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Black Sabbath – “Iron Man” (Promo – 1970)

August 18, 2019 at 8:10 am (Black Sabbath, Music)

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Earth – “The Rebel” (Demo – 1969)

August 17, 2019 at 7:32 am (Black Sabbath, Music, Psychedelia)

This is Black Sabbath in their earlier Earth incarnation…

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Black Sabbath – “13” (2013)

June 11, 2013 at 7:31 am (Black Sabbath, Music, Reviews & Articles)

The Rolling Stone review of Black Sabbath’s first new album with Ozzy since 1978. This review is from the June 20th issue (out now)…

Return of the Iron Men

After 35 years, Ozzy, Geezer and Tony stomp back and rediscover their stark, bluesy roots.

“We decided to write horror music” is how Ozzy Osbourne describes Black Sabbath’s birth in the great new heavy-metal oral history, Louder Than Hell. And that’s exactly what they’re doing, once again, on 13 – a reunion set with three-quarters of the original band – that revisits, and to an extent recaptures, the crushing, awesomely doomy spectacle of their first few records.

Needless to say, this is kind of a big deal. It’s impossible to imagine heavy metal without Sabbath’s groundwork. And Osbourne hasn’t made a studio record with the band he founded for 35 years, not since he was ousted for being an unreliable alcoholic drug casualty after 1978’s Never Say Die! Moreover, this reunion comes at a time when the evil germ of the evil gene of their sound is deeply resonant: See Southern heavyweights Mastodon and Baroness; experimental metal acts like Liturgy and Boris; and hundreds of other bands around the world that owe a debt to the godfathers of gloom.

13 is steered by superproducer/superfan Rick Rubin, and it shows that, for all their innovations, Sabbath were a product of their era – at core, they’re a blues-rooted prog-rock band, and 13 may surprise some people in its proto-­metal traditionalism. The eight-minute opener, “End of the Beginning,” goes through various time shifts, beginning with a sludgy stomp, switching to a galloping midsection and ending with a floaty, almost Beatlesque outro. Read the rest of this entry »

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“An Inside Look at Black Sabbath in the Studio” (2013)

February 15, 2013 at 9:30 am (Black Sabbath, Music)

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Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath” (1970)

June 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm (Black Sabbath, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This short review of the first Sabbath album comes from Hit Parader, March 1971, by Mike Dillon…

Magic has finally wormed out of the drug attached stigma, come out from behind the “psychedelic” album covers and pretentious arrangements and found its way into a hard rock environment. Black Sabbath (the name of the group, their first album, and the first cut on the album), is frightening, frenzied, driving, satanical and excellently played, arranged and produced. Four musicians who I have never heard of before lay down one of the heaviest magic-music statements you’ll ever hear.

This album is a far cry from 90 percent of the junk that gets passed off as rock these days. From the opening thunderstorm of the last scream you hear only solid head-throbbing original rhythms, designed to reinforce your perception of the supernatural, evil powers that roam the earth. After listening to Ozzie Read the rest of this entry »

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Ronnie James Dio: Man on the Silver Mountain

May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm (Black Sabbath, Music, Reviews & Articles)

I just read that Ronnie James Dio passed away today at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. I’m definitly in shock, as I didn’t even realize he was sick.

The former Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Elf heavy metal singer, who was fronting the new version of Sabbath, now known as Heaven & Hell, and who popularized the famous devil horn symbol, was definitely one of the great singers of the genre, with his piercing, high-pitched voice. It still amazes me that he was singing as well in his mid-’60s as he did 30 years ago.

It is also amazing to think that Dio had been singing since the late 1950’s, starting out singing rockabilly, of all things. It wasn’t until the band The Electric Elves, who soon became Elf, in the early 1970s, that he started heading in the musical direction of hard rock and heavy metal. In 1975 he joined Ritchie Blackmore’s band Rainbow, and from there he became the Dio everyone knew, with his first big song, “Man on the Silver Mountain,“ probably the best thing Rainbow ever did.

I remember listening to him a lot back when I was a teenager in the ’80s, and I still listened to him every now and again. I believe Sabbath’s Mob Rules, from 1981, was his best all-around album — every song on it is a classic. But of course, Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain,” Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and his own “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Holy Diver” are also classics of the genre. His most recent album with Heaven & Hell, The Devil You Know, was probably the best thing he had done in many years. Working with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler again seemed to revitalize him.

His passing is definitely a huge loss to the world of heavy metal, and to Heaven & Hell, who were supposed to go out on tour this summer.

May Ronnie rest in eternal peace. He will certainly never be forgotten. He was a classy guy and one of the great singers of our time.

Jay Mucci

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