Although 1976’s Technical Ecstasy (Vertigo/BMG) is unlikely to ever be viewed as a top tier release among most Black Sabbath fans, the fact that it exists at all goes to demonstrate the Birmingham foursome’s resilience and determination in those early days, if not the focus.
The last of a groundbreaking run of undisputed classics, Sabotage (Vertigo/BMG), often gets overlooked during debates about the studio legacy of legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath. Considering the seismic impact of the band’s previous five releases, this isn’t entirely surprising but Sabotage has always deserved more time in those conversations.
In a new interview with The Mercury News, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of another Black Sabbath tour at some point in the future. Iommi said he’d like the band to reunite, but doubts it would ever happen, even if it’s just a one-off or a short tour.
While Black Sabbath fans tend to agree on most things, the argument over singers Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio still rages on. Just who was the better frontman? Most will obviously side with the former but there are still those who insist Dio will always be number one. Ozzy was responsible for six of the finest albums in the annals of heavy metal but Dio rescued that same band (at least temporarily) from total collapse with two hugely important albums of his own.
The estate of late Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls has released a previously unreleased rehearsal recording of Sabbath rehearsing an early version of their classic song “Heaven And Hell” in 1979 during the pre-production sessions for the album of the same name. The track, which features Nicholls on bass, was uploaded to YouTube by Geoff’s stepson and executor of his estate, Gary Rees. Continue reading
With bands taking so much time between studio albums these days, it’s astonishing to believe that in the space of just three years, between 1970 and 1973, Brummie icons Black Sabbath released no less than five of the most important records in the annals of heavy metal.
Black Sabbath, one of the greatest bands ever, was an act in transition as it entered the 1980s. Less than a year earlier they sacked their legendary lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and replaced him with equally great Ronnie James Dio, previously of Rainbow. The flailing former greats and the hungry vocalist reignited each others passion for Heavy Metal to create something incredible in Heaven and Hell (Vertigo/Warner Bros) The album not only gave the band a shot in the arm, but it also launched their second era with a bang, one their fans would never forget. Continue reading
On the sleeve: a grainy picture of a woman dressed in black. A stagnant pond. A creepy looking mill house.
And two words. Black Sabbath.
On the record: Rain. Thunder. A tolling bell. Those three notes. That voice.
And just like that, in February of 1970 – appropriately enough on the 13th – the face of music was changed forever.
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On the second anniversary of the horrific Las Vegas shooting of 2017, Black Sabbath’s original drummer Bill Ward has shared a new single, ‘Arrows’ in tribute to the lives lost. In a video message posted to his Twitter account. He said: “Hi everybody. My name is Bill Ward, and today I’m speaking on behalf of my band, the BILL WARD BAND”. Read the post and listen to the track below. “Arrows” was written, composed and produced by Ward and features former Whitesnake, Foreigner and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Brian Tichy, and former Black Label Society, Megadeth and White Lion bassist James LoMenzo. There are additional performances by Sarah Dugas and Ezra Ward, as well as Keith Lynch on guitar, and Marcel Fernandez on additional producing and mixing duties.Continue reading