CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Black Sabbath’s Genre Defining Debut Turns 50

Black Sabbath in 1970, photo by Warner Brothers Records

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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Avenged Sevenfold Is Working On New Music, May Record Later This year.

Only 15 months removed from the release of The Stage, and its expansive stream of singles, covers and a deluxe edition, Avenged Sevenfold is already plotting a course for a new album. Frontman M. Shadows indicated in an interview with ABC Radio that the band is in writing mode now, and gave a potential timeline for hitting the studio. Continue reading

Van Halen’s Debut Album Turns 40 Years Old

Born from the Hollywood glam scene in the 1970s, the best classic rock musicianship in history, and a nod to punk rock independence, Van Halen burst on the scene and changed the face of music overnight. It may have been a foregone conclusion to those that saw them at the time that they would “make it”. However, once the album became a runaway hit, it was the template for the band’s entire career, and the impetus for the next few generations of rock and metal bands as well. Continue reading

Audio: Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the title track of their forthcoming album, The Getaway (Warner Bros.). You can hear the track at this link or below:

The Chili’s new album, The Getaway (Warner Brothers), will début June 17. Produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Goodrich, the albums’ the first single, ‘Dark Necessities’, premiered earlier this month. Pre-orders are live now and come with both singles as instant grat tracks.

 

The Getaway track listing:

Monarchy of Roses
Factory of Faith
Brendan’s Death Song
Ethiopia
Annie Wants a Baby
Look Around
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Did I Let You Know
Goodbye Hooray
Happiness Loves Company
Police Station
Even You Brutus?
Meet Me at the Corner
Dance, Dance, Dance

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