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Random Quick Picks

Posted in Black Sabbath, blue oyster cult, Creature with the Atom Brain, Gorguts, The Residents with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by Nicholas

So, Ryan has got me to join him in a random rotation album shuffle — basically selecting twenty-five albums at random from our collections and listening to them from start to finish before moving on to the next one.  Once the twenty-five are finished, we repeat.  It’s a good way to bust out the stuff you don’t listen to as much or that you haven’t listened to at all.  I completed my first five albums the other day, so here are some shitty thoughts on them.



Black Sabbath


NEMS / Warner Bros. / Vertigo

Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands.  From the Ozzy era, the first six albums are incredible, Sabotage being number six.  I do listen to this album somewhat regularly, but since it came up in the random shuffle, I gave it a good, solid listen.  For some reason I liked it more this time around than I remembered liking it.  Sabotage is an excellent mix of heavier Sabbath, such as “Symptom of The Universe” — which is a fantastic track — and some more experimental stuff.  The only song I wasn’t too crazy about is “Am I Going Insane.”  It feels a little too poppy for the rest of the album.  Otherwise this is a sexy slice of Sabbath. Continue reading


In Honor of The Hobbit: Songs With “Wizard” in the Title.

Posted in LISTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2012 by Nicholas


Like any good metal fan, I love Lord of The Rings.  So in honor of the release of the prequel, (that is being split into three fucking films for some asinine reason (read: money)) let’s listen to some songs about wizards.  Well, songs with the word “wizard” in the title anyway; they might not actually be about wizards.


The Wizard” – Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)

This one, we know, was indeed inspired by Gandalf.  It’s filled with tasty licks that one would expect from Sabbath, Ozzy’s old howling vocals, and some harmonica also provided by the now walking corpse.  Tight rhythm from Mr. Ward and Mr. Geezer all add up to a classic metal track. Continue reading

Black Rain-Ozzy Osbourne

Posted in Ozzy Osbourne with tags , , , , on July 20, 2011 by Kristen

Black Rain

Ozzy Osbourne


Epic Records

There seems to be an underlying theme running through Ozzy Osbourne’s ninth studio album “Black Rain.” Released in 2007, it was the first album Ozzy had released in about six years. Combing over this album, it seems the Ozz-man felt he had something to prove to those criticizing his abilities to perform any longer. His attempts were not in vain, however, because the album went Gold in the United States.

This album was not in the least, “typical Ozzy,” and it’s safe to say that was exactly what he had in mind while creating it. Songs like “The Almighty Dollar,” even came off as sounding as if they were diving into a 90’s alternative territory, a place one wouldn’t expect to find an Ozzy tune. “The Almighty Dollar” begins with a strong bass line that continues onto the first verse, overlayed by Ozzy’s vocals, where the 90’s sound works. Many of the songs had a powerful metal sound, but at times lacked substantial lyrics.

For over 20 years, guitarist Zakk Wylde leant his musical talents to Ozzy Osbourne’s records. However, with the release of “Black Rain,” the musical relationship between New Jersey native Wylde and the Prince of Darkness came to an end.  Although there was no clear reason for Wylde’s departure, “Black Rain” would be the last studio album to feature the guitarist.

The riffs on this album are complicated, but aren’t always riveting. Wylde’s signature pinch harmonic makes an appearance in nearly every song, making the sound distinct to Wylde and not Osbourne. This really hurt the album, as it could be construed (obviously without having heard the vocals) that the songs could be from Zakk Wylde’s band, Black Label Society.

There were promising songs on this album, but nothing extraordinary. Ozzy has showed over the years that he is never afraid to let his emotions show in his music. “Black Rain” features two ballads “Lay Your World on Me” and “Here for You.”  “Lay Your World on Me” is a pleading slower song with a deeper tone, where “Here for You” seems a bit more uplifting and features more instrumental pieces.

The radio hit “I Don’t Wanna Stop” solidifies Ozzy’s reassurance that he, unlike many other rock stars of his stature, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, once again, it comes off sounding similar to Black Label Society. Still, it’s a fast and heavy tune with a lot of energy.

A benefit to this album would have been to show and not tell. Ozzy is a music icon, a founding member of Black Sabbath and a musician who has had a hand in creating heavy metal.  He didn’t need to say anything about still being capable of kicking metal in the ass, just making an album would have been sufficient. His vocals are still as strong as ever—I mean, come on, the man can really belt out a wicked note. His music is still a conduction of high energy and passion, and it’s evident on every song on this album. Proving anything just seems unnecessary, and gnaws at the back of my neck while I listen and can be quite distracting. The fact of the matter is that fans still would have bought the album, because it’s Ozzy Osbourne.