Archive for Black Sabbath

BLACK SABBATH – 5 Facts About The Fathers Of Heavy Metal – Part II

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , on April 15, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

“Live At Last” was originally released back in 1980, without the consent of Black Sabbath. In later years, this live bootleg, if you will, was released as follows:

Released Summer 1980
Re-Released March 1996
Re-Released August 20, 1996 (Past Lives)
Re-Released September 27, 2010

On June 26th, 2019, the official naming ceremony for the “Black Sabbath Bridge” took place in Birmingham, England. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler attended this joyous and historical occasion.

Music legend Rick Wakeman played keyboards on the 1973 studio album “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.

The touring keyboardist for Black Sabbath, on their “Sabotage World Tour” (1975-1976) was Jezz Woodruffe. “Sabotage” was released back in July of 1975.

Sources: Black Sabbath Online / The Rough Guide To Heavy Metal (1st edition)

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

STONE.

BLACK SABBATH – 5 Fast Facts About The Fathers Of Heavy Metal

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Fact #1: The only effects used on the Black Sabbath debut album from 1970 are the thunderstorm and eerie tolling bell, as heard on the intro to the title track.

Fact #2: Bassist Geezer Butler was influenced by Frank Zappa.

Fact #3: The second studio album from Black Sabbath, (1970) Paranoid, peaked at #12 in America, while continuing to chart for 70 weeks.

Fact #4: Back in 1978, the mighty Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath on their Never Say Die! tour.

Fact #5: Ted Nugent opened for Black Sabbath on their Technical Ecstasy Tour, back in 1976.

Source used: http://www.blacksabbath.com

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

STONE.

BLACK SABBATH “THE END” – Look At The Merch My BEST Metal Buddy Bought For Me From The Concert! Whoa! Amazing!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on November 16, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Above: My Black Sabbath “The End” concert tee!

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I first met Scott Coverdale back in 1988, while we were both attending the same Community College together. Our relationship has bonded into a legit brotherhood ever since. Scott has been a tremendous Metal researcher for Metal Odyssey these last several years, as well. In other words, Scott is my very BEST Metal Buddy. ‘Nuff said.

Scott Coverdale was hugely fortunate to attend the Black Sabbath concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, back on August 27th of this year. This of course was one stop for Black Sabbaths’ “The End” Tour.

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Above: My autographed CD digipak (left inner side of duofold) – Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler.

I never thought in a million Metal years that Scott would purchase for me, as gifts, a tour tee and autographed “The End” CD for me, while he was at this show! Then again, this type of generosity from Scott is nothing new to me either. From everything that Scott told me about this Black Sabbath concert, he had a grand Metal experience!

Take a look below and above at the autographed tee and CD gifts I received from my Best Metal Buddy Scott! I still cannot believe I have this incredible cool and historic Black Sabbath concert merch! Thank you again, Scott! A brother like you I can never take for granted. Metal Be Thy Name!

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Above: Right inner side of my digipak – Ozzy Osbournes’ autograph! Whoa!

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Above: Backside of my Black Sabbath “The End” concert tee.

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Above: Front cover of Black Sabbath “The End” CD.

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Above: Back cover of Black Sabbath “The End” CD.

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* The CD was already pre-autographed by Black Sabbath and purchased at their merch booth by Scott.

* All photos of above merch taken by Stone.

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SCOTT COVERDALE.

LONG LIVE THE METAL LEGACY OF BLACK SABBATH.

Stone.

On This Day In BLACK SABBATH History – September 18th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On September 18th, 1970Paranoid, the second studio album from BLACK SABBATH is released in the UK. Whoa!

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On September 18th, 1971BLACK SABBATH performed at the Civic Auditorium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. BLACK SABBATH were touring in support of their third studio album: Master Of Reality.

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On September 18th, 1978BLACK SABBATH performed at the Assembly Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. On this world tour, BLACK SABBATH were promoting their eighth studio album: Never Say Die! The cool part here is VAN HALEN opened for BLACK SABBATH on this date!

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On September 18th, 1995BLACK SABBATH performed at Rolling Stone in Milan, Italy. This tour was in support of their studio album: Forbidden. For technicality sake, this is the eighteenth BLACK SABBATH studio album.

This Forbidden version of BLACK SABBATH featured: vocalist Tony Martin, the legendary Tony Iommi on guitar, Neil Murray on bass, Bobby Rondinelli on drums and Geoff Nicholls on Keyboards.

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On September 18th, 2016BLACK SABBATHS’ Greatest Hits 1970-1978 is ranked at #22, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart (USA). Right on, man!

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On September 18th, 2016 – The debut and self-titled album from BLACK SABBATH is STILL appearing on the album charts, after 46 years! This iconic studio album is ranked at #63, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart (USA). Unbelievable and Metal Be Thy Name! – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE MY BEST METAL BUDDY, SCOTT COVERDALE.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – Metal Legends Are Guitar World’s March 2015 Cover Feature

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Guitar World:

Guitar World’s March 2015 issue focuses on Black Sabbath’s Tony, Geezer, and Ozzy as they spill the details on drugs, debauchery, and some damned good riffs!

First, Black Sabbath’s Iron Men, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler recall the rise and fall of the first – and greatest – incarnation of heavy metal’s originators. Then, the Ozz Man tells the stories behind 10 classic Black Sabbath tracks, including “Paranoid,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Planet Caravan,” and “Iron Man.”

Also, Guitar World picks the best of the original lineup tracks – from “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and “Supernaut” to “Sweet Leaf” and “Dirty Women.”

For ordering: Get your copy today for $7.99!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE GUITAR WORLD.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – Ozzy Reveals To Metal Hammer A New Studio Album Is Planned With Rick Rubin; A Final Tour Planned For 2015

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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A new BLACK SABBATH studio album and final tour for 2015! Whoa! Metal Be Thy Name! Read the entire Metal Hammer article which features Ozzy Osbourne’s revelations on such grand news, by clicking the link below:

http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-09-29/world-exclusive-black-sabbath-to-record-new-album

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LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

 

BLACK SABBATH – Headlining British Summer Time Festival In Hyde Park, London, On July 4th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Black Sabbath will be headlining Hyde Park July 4th, 2014! It’s the rock royalty event of the summer, with Soundgarden and other special guests Faith No MoreMotörhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother and many more.

Tickets on sale 9am April 4th here: http://bitly.com/Sabbath_Hyde

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* For more info on BLACK SABBATH:

Black Sabbath – Facebook

Website: http://www.blacksabbath.com

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LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

BILL WARD – TO DISCUSS HIS ART DEBUT “ABSENCE OF CORNERS” AT ANNAPOLIS COLLECTION GALLERY – MAY 9th And 10th, 2014

Posted in art, arts, classic rock, fine arts, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Bill Ward Facebook page:

JUST ANNOUNCED: On May 9 & 10, 2014, please join Bill Ward as he showcases and discusses his fine art debut collection “Absence of Corners” at the highly acclaimed, Annapolis Collection Gallery. Located at 55 West Street on Gallery Row in historic Annapolis, this event is free to the public. We kindly ask that you RSVP if you plan to attend this special evening by emailing katherine@annapoliscollection.com.

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* For more info on BILL WARD:

Facebook: Bill Ward

Website: http://billwarddrumart.com

Website: http://www.billward.com

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LONG LIVE BILL WARD.

Stone.

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL – Take A Look At The 2014 Lineup Of Bands! Whoa!!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock bands, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL!

Norjeboke, Blekinge Län, Sweden!

JUNE 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th!

4 DAYS! 5 STAGES! 85 BANDS! 

METAL BE THY NAME!

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The 2014 edition of SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL looks to be INCREDIBLE! Black Sabbath!! Check out the bands listed below! WHOA! I even see… W.A.S.P, TNT and Ted Nugent in the middle of all those glorious bands! Canned Heat and Foghat are on the bill! Amazing! Great headliners for each day! Heck, Megadeth, Rob Zombie and Emperor are there and they’re not even headlining! WHOA again!

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* Click the link below for ticket info:

Tickets: http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=120

* For more info on SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL:

Facebook: Sweden Rock Festival

Website: http://www.swedenrock.com

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LONG LIVE SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

MOTION DEVICE And Their Cover Song Of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell”: Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MOTION DEVICE – I was first introduced to Bolton, Ontario, Canada’s Motion Device via twitter earlier this year. We’ll tweet back and forth, like any twitter friends do; only I consider Motion Device more than just twitter buddies. I look upon Motion Device as an inspiration and a burning flame of sincerity, maturity and confidence that I cannot resist embracing from such a devoted and talented young band. The allegiance to Heavy Metal’s pioneers that Motion Device is influenced by, through their songs, makes me very proud.

Lead vocalist Sara Menoudakis is going on 12 years of age and she sings with such a determined and confident manner; that it’s all very impressive to hear. Amazing. Sara’s 15-year-old sister (6 string bassist & keyboardist) Andrea Menoudakis is nothing short of inspirational in her own right; Andrea lives each day of her life with a seizure disorder known as epilepsy, (in the form of absence seizures). Andrea’s musical talents would never reveal this, until it was made known by her and the band. I absolutely love the piano intro and outro that Andrea plays on their cover of Heaven And Hell; it’s a beautiful added touch to such an iconic song.

Motion Device is rounded out by Sara and Andrea’s 13-year-old brother (drummer) David Menoudakis, 19-year-old cousin (electric & acoustic guitarist) Josh Marrocco and 19-year-old family friend (guitarist & bassist) Alex Defrancesco. I honestly see an incredible future for these young and clever musicians. The Metal sky is the limit for Motion Device and I will be cheering heavily for them, as they continue forward on their musical journey. Metal be thy name.

Motion Device, along with their new cover song of Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell is:

Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Forever In Our METAL Hearts & Souls, Ronnie James Dio.

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Sara Menoudakis – Lead Singer

David Menoudakis – Drummer

Andrea Menoudakis – Keyboards & Bass

Josh Marrocco – Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Alex Defrancesco – Guitar & Bass

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Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell was originally released back in 1980, via Warner Bros. Records.

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* For More Info On MOTION DEVICE:

Facebook: Motion Device

Website: http://motiondevice.net/

http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMotionDevice

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LONG LIVE MOTION DEVICE.

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF RJD ERA BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

Great Metal Albums of 1980: Black Sabbath- Heaven And Hell

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , on October 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Since the 1980s was the golden age of heavy metal and that golden age began with 1980, I thought what better way to pay tribute to it than to kick things off with an album by one of heavy metal’s founding fathers: Black Sabbath. The thing is however, “Heaven and Hell” isn’t just an album, it’s a iconic album destined to go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.

The main question when this masterpiece was first unleashed back in 1980 was would new lead singer Ronnie James Dio fill the void left by Ozzy Osbourne. The answer to that is a resounding “YES!” Now, I am not going to debate who’s the better of these two vocal Gods. They both have different vocal styles but at the same time, their vocals were suited to the needs of Black Sabbath. Dio’s vocals are truly amazing on…

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BLACK SABBATH “13” – Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day! New Music Videos Streaming Online!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, doom metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo Credit: Black Sabbath Facebook

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13 Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day… And…

Receives 4.5 Out Of 5 METAL FISTS!!

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In case you’ve just gotten back from a trip to Neptune or have been lost in the remote northern woods of Pennsylvania, the iconic Black Sabbath have NEW music videos streaming online! Both songs are taken from their NEW studio album 13. See the links below! Whoa!

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This critically acclaimed album, 13, was released on June 11th, 2013 in the U.S. and is an incredible offering of Metal from the founders of our beloved genre. Black Sabbath may be minus the legendary Bill Ward for 13, still, I am overly impressed by the total Sabbathian package of darkness and old school Doom vibes that blanket my senses each time I listen to 13.

As for the production of 13, regardless of any slight fuzz looming about, (which I find old school anyways), the powerful vocals of Ozzy Osbourne coupled with the unparalleled Doom riffage from Tony Iommi transcends any flaws that “some” critics believe to exist. Geezer Butler shines once again as well, proving to me he truly is among the kings of Heavy Metal bassists of both past and present.

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Brad Wilk (Photo Credit: Black Sabbath Facebook)

I give Brad Wilk so much credit for accepting a challenge to fill the shoes of the legendary Bill Ward. A world-class drummer in his own right, Brad Wilk excels on 13! It’s damn right heroic of Brad’s ability to transform his musicianship to sound so amazingly Sabbath-like. (If any other drummers sat in for the 13 sessions, than I’m not aware of it and please excuse my not being informed).

How much input did Rick Rubin have in mixing and mastering 13 I do not know. I’ll say this much, Rick Rubin surpassed my expectations on 13; due to my anxious thoughts he would turn this album into an overly pasted-together and satin-polished Death Magnetic. 13 sounds much more organic than that, thank God.

Doom Metal was forged and pioneered by Black Sabbath. Stoner Metal spun-off from this iconic band’s Metal atmosphere of sound. 13 is a resounding reminder of just that. This is one Black Sabbath album I never thought would happen and it’s here. Go out and get it and be thankful we still have this band around to make our Metal world that much more prolific.

God isn’t dead; nor is Black Sabbath.

Metal be thy name.

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Listen to and watch the music video for God Is Dead by clicking here: http://po.st/GodIsDead

Listen to and watch End Of The Beginning by clicking here: http://bitly.com/EOTBVideo

Get the CD here: http://smarturl.it/Sabbath13DxAMZP

Get the super deluxe box set by clicking here:

US: http://bitly.com/US13Deluxe
UK: http://bitly.com/UK13DeluxeBox

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BLACK SABBATH:

Ozzy Osbourne – vocals & harmonica

Tony Iommi – guitars

Geezer Butler – bass

Brad Wilk – drums & percussion

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For more info on BLACK SABBATH, click on the links below!

Facebook: Black Sabbath

http://www.blacksabbath.com

http://www.twitter.com/officialsabbath

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LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

STAY STRONG, TONY IOMMI.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – Are Cover Story For July 2013 Issue Of Guitar World

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BLACK SABBATH – The July 2013 issue of Guitar World features Black Sabbath’s amazing comeback, and Tony Iommi opens up about his fight with cancer and the struggle to make 13, the group’s new record with Ozzy Osbourne.

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BLACK SABBATH 13 – Releases June 10th in Europe and June 11th in North America, via Republic Records.

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(Source: Guitar World Store)

For more BLACK SABBATH info:

facebook: Black Sabbath

www.blacksabbath.com

For more GUITAR WORLD info:

facebook: Guitar World

http://www.guitarworld.com

Republic Records:

http://www.republicrecords.com

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LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

STAY BRAVE & STRONG, TONY IOMMI.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – “13” Cover Art Has Been Revealed… Blah And Yawn Sums It Up Best

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BLACK SABBATH – Make no mistake, I am highly anticipating the new studio album to be released from the forever legendary Black Sabbath, just like millions of other fans. I have no  doubt, the Heavy Metal from their forthcoming album 13 will be a delicacy to my Metal loving ears. My huge Metal question is: what the heck happened to the album artwork for 13?

Let’s be real here my fellow Metal brethren. This album artwork for 13 looks like sausage that caught on fire; while sitting too long on the outdoor grill. Give me a Metal break. This album signifies studio album #19 from a band that (quite frankly) began our Heavy Metal genre in the first place… and this is the (not so) prolific art that the fans get to see?

Granted, Black Sabbath have had their share of lineup changes over the decades and studio album #19 is without the legendary Bill Ward on drums; so it’s not like I was expecting a ground-breaking album cover that would rival anything that the ultra-talented Derek Riggs (of Iron Maiden fame) has ever accomplished. Still, I was hoping for something that would scream the prowess of Black Sabbath. Man, this album cover is lame.

It’s bad enough that this new Black Sabbath studio album is missing Bill Ward (or Vinny Appice for that matter); now the album cover is a bust. Um, no offense to Brad Wilk. Someone should have reminded whoever was in charge that the #13 has been so overused in the world of music and Pop-Culture that it basically has no spooky or mystical meaning at all anymore. Whoopie-doo.

Did “the powers that be” that oversaw the creation of this album cover really think that a seasoned Metalhead like myself would be blown away by burning sausage twisted into the #13? Alas, I’m certain that Tony Iommi, Geezer ButlerOzzy and Brad Wilk will save the day and 13 will Rock my face off. It’s the music that matters most. Metal be thy name.

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For more info on BLACK SABBATH, click on the links below!

http://www.blacksabbath.com

http://www.twitter.com/officialsabbath

facebook: Black Sabbath

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LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

Stone.

Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As this weekend embarks on its second half, the yearning for 36 hour days never seems to wane for me. I always feel like I’m catching up on stuff; from yard work, paperwork and paying bills to new Metal album releases. I’m forever guilty of ignoring that golden rule: Don’t sweat the little things. Still, at the beginning and end of every 24 hour day, I am still grateful to be alive!

To anyone who has been kind enough to take the moment from their busy day and visit Metal Odyssey, here are a few Metal and Rock ‘N Roll thoughts that I want to share:

SAXON – This tuesday (May 22nd), in North America, the 2 CD/1 DVD set titled Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken gets released. I’ll be putting this Saxon release on my Metal want list, there’s no doubt. The price isn’t cheap, then again, there are 2 CD’s and a DVD involved here. Who knows, maybe I’ll find this cool Saxon set sometime in 2017… at an open-air flea market… for 3 dollars.

BLACK SABBATH – As the family feud continues to unfold in the Black Sabbath camp, the latest news is so immature that it’s beyond shocking. Apparently, as its been reported everywhere: vintage and/or recent band photos of Black Sabbath have been placed on the official Black Sabbath website… with Bill Ward cropped out of them! Metal be thy name!

* UPDATE – I guess it’s now being reported, as of mid-day on May 20th, that Bill Ward requested to have his image cropped out of any Black Sabbath group photos, which are shown on the Black Sabbath official website. Whatever. Who cares at this point. This is why I usually don’t write about any band’s soap opera moments. From here on in, I won’t cover any more related news regarding this Black Sabbath story. That’s it. I’m a fan who is fed up. Life is too damn short for me to worry about this nonsense.

Maybe Black Sabbath should just change their band name altogether now? Without Bill Ward, it’s no longer the original Black Sabbath. To assist the Black Sabbath camp in moving forward, here are several sincere and free band name suggestions from Stone:

1. – The Ozzy Trio

2. – Sharon Calls The Shots

3. – Sharon Knows Best

4. – The Osbourne Way

5. – Ozzy & His Band

6. – No Contract For You!

7. – Bill Who?

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Is it just me or are the following two album covers kinda similar? Same artist? I don’t know. Same idea? Looks like it. Both layouts are basically identical too. Weird how this sometimes happens. I’ll also add that the Running Wild album cover has a chunk of Voivod influence with the artwork.

Honestly, I’m not that impressed with either of the album cover art below. This is what I used to see being done in my high school graphic arts class… back in 1983. I used to sit through many critiques in art class while in college, so believe me, I know how proud artists can be about their work. I was always proud of my art, regardless the degree of difficulty. However, these two album covers below were not that difficult to create.

Death By Stereo – Black Sheep Of The American Dream

Running Wild – Shadowmaker

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Okay! That’s it! My Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts for Sunday, May 20th, have come to a close. I really hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to Metal Odyssey and will come again… and again. Leave a comment! The more comments that are made, the less likelihood that my boss will crop me out of his photographs! Make the most of your day today and watch out for parking lot speed bumps.

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METAL BE THY NAME.

LONG LIVE METAL & ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

TONY IOMMI – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, classic rock, guitar legends, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music birthdays, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Back on February 19th, 1948, Tony Iommi was born. Tony Iommi turns a young 64 today. Guitar Legend. Founding member of Black Sabbath. Metal Legend. What more can be said about what Tony Iommi has accomplished for the evolution of Heavy Metal? One more thing can be said, however:

HAPPY

BIRTHDAY

TONY IOMMI!

LONG LIVE TONY IOMMI.

Stone.

Hellfest Open Air Festival 2012 – Black Sabbath Headlining! Lizzy Borden Confirmed!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Hellfest Open Air Festival 2012 – On June 15th, 16th and 17th of 2012, Hellfest Open Air will take place in Clisson (Loire-Atlantique) France. BLACK SABBATH is headlining! With LYNYRD SKYNYRD and MACHINE HEAD! LAMB OF GODLIZZY BORDEN is confirmed! Take a look below at the beyond incredible assemblage of bands that will be performing at Hellfest Open Air 2012! Well over 60 bands!! Metal be thy name!

* For more info on HELLFEST OPEN AIR 2012, click on link below:

Hellfest Open Air Festival 2012 – facebook

LONG LIVE HELLFEST OPEN AIR.

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE LIZZY BORDEN.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – Confirm European Tour Dates For 2012!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BLACK SABBATH – On November 11th, 2011, the incredible news broke of BLACK SABBATH reuniting with ground-breaking plans for 2012! A press conference that included Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and (producer) Rick Rubin confirming the new studio album and world tour was welcomed news to Heavy Metal fans across the globe. Check out below the confirmed BLACK SABBATH tour dates for Europe in 2012! Metal be thy name BLACK SABBATH IS BACK!

BLACK SABBATH – 2012 European Tour Dates:

5/18 Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski

5/20 St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena

5/23 Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

5/25 Stockholm, Sweden – Sweden Stadium

5/29 Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival

5/31 Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

6/2 Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium

6/4 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle

6/10 Donington, UK – Download Festival

6/12 Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy

6/15 Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival

6/17 Nantes, France – Hellfest

6/19 Paris, France – Bercy

6/22 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

6/24 Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH – Announces Reunion For 2012! Metal Amen!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

On November 11th, 2011 (11-11-11), the ultra legendary BLACK SABBATH announced their reunion for 2012! Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward are back together! Metal Odyssey wants to join in on this historic Metal celebration reporting this epic Metal news! You most likely have heard this fabulous news already or seen the reunion announcement video, regardless, watch it again below and allow the Metal jubilation to cascade upon you! Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band) interviews BLACK SABBATH, with their new producer Rick Rubin in attendance as well.

* Above video was uploaded to YouTube by Revolver TV on 11-11-11.

BLACK SABBATH RETURNS IN 2012!

A NEW STUDIO ALBUM!

A NEW WORLD TOUR!

METAL BE THY NAME.

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

Stone.

BLACK SABBATH “Cross Purposes” – 1994 Album Revisited, Some Metal Thoughts…

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BLACK SABBATH – On February 8, 1994, Black Sabbath released their seventeenth studio album – Cross Purposes via I.R.S. Records. Of course this is not the original lineup of Black Sabbath heard on this album, with the exceptions of Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass). Nor is the late and legendary Ronnie James Dio present here. Tony Martin (vocals), Bobby Rondinelli (drums) and Geoff Nicholls (keyboards) join up with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, to make what I consider a formidable Black Sabbath lineup, that created some intense and memorable Heavy Metal with Cross Purposes.

It never bothered me in the least, each time Black Sabbath changed it’s band lineup around. The constant Metal presence of Tony Iommi, with his signature tones and riffs roaring from his Gibson guitar, has given every Black Sabbath album one of it’s mighty trademark sounds regardless of lineup changes. Am I wrong to feel this way? Of course not, it’s my personal Metal opinion. I’m a lifetime Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler fan, so when this album was released I was thrilled to hear them and their new songs. For sake of Metal argument, I’m a fan of every musician and vocalist that Black Sabbath has ever had. I’m guilty of being a fan of the entire Black Sabbath musical tree… Metal be thy name.

Adopting the band name of Heaven & Hell back in 2007 never swayed me to love the music of Black Sabbath anymore than I already do. Legalities over a band’s trademark name like Black Sabbath certainly surrounded around money, more than it did anything else… that’s understandable and completely logical. So, if one can get past the fact that Black Sabbath was an interchangeable band from 1983 through 1995, (counting the classic Ronnie James Dio aka Heaven & Hell lineup with 1992’s Dehumanizer in the mix), then one can focus on the music and appreciate what Tony Iommi and his Black Sabbath band(s) have truly accomplished with Heavy Metal.

Check out below, the black & white promo music video for Black Sabbath – The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which was released back in 1994:

Cross Purposes was released in 1994, a time when the Grunge explosion was beginning to lose some steam. It seems (at times) that the 90’s decade gets a bum rap on Heavy Metal releases, only I beg to differ. Heavy Metal was alive and well during the 90’s, only it was not covered by the mainstream or held the arena and stadium limelight compared to those colorful 80’s. Truth be told, it’s like that now, only Heavy Metal is considered “the comeback kid” by some, where I consider this genre’s perseverance to be the result of it’s loyal fan base, along with relentless and exceptionally talented bands that never say die. Cross Purposes was an album that surprised me then, with it’s completeness resulting in being a quality album and it still entertains me now with it’s Old School heaviness.

Cross Purposes has that Sabbath doom vibe sprinkled all over the top of the songs, with the main incubus to this dark sound being Tony Iommi himself. Yes, Geezer Butler is evident in his playing on this album. That Geezer Butler was on this album alongside Tony Iommi, makes a world of difference in capturing that Sabbath vibe. Tony Martin (along with Ray Gillen) may very well be the most unsung lead vocalists from any of the Black Sabbath lineups. I really admire Tony Martin’s vocals, they are of the Classic or Old School era that fits right into what Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes have done with this same band. (Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio are the two untouchables who’ve fronted Black Sabbath, in my Metal opinion). This is herculean company to be in, Tony Martin can look back and realize he was part of a family line of not just talented vocalists for Black Sabbath, they all are immeasurably historic to Rock Music itself.

Geoff Nicholls always has added that impending and dark atmosphere for Black Sabbath with his keyboards. It’s no different on Cross Purposes, with atmosphere playing a key role in making this album spill over with once again… that Sabbath vibe. Tony Iommi was and forever will be the “Riff King” to my ears, Cross Purposes is potently stocked with his patented riffs. Cross Of Thorns is the song I’ll point out as my favorite on this album, with all of it’s Sabbath glory exploding from it’s dark sound and slow to mid-paced tempo. I can confidently say there isn’t a song on Cross Purposes that is fast forward material. Cross Purposes is an album worth checking out and getting familiar with if you already haven’t. Sure, this album is not the greatest Black Sabbath album ever recorded, still it is a legitimate offering of Heavy Metal, played by an excellent group of musicians, from a decade that supposedly squashed our beloved genre.

Track Listing For Cross Purposes:

I Witness

Cross Of Thorns

Psychophobia

Virtual Death

Immaculate Deception

Dying For Love

Back To Eden

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

Cardinal Sin

Evil Eye

LONG LIVE THE METAL OF BLACK SABBATH.

Stone.

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