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I was lying in bed reading a Grand Admiral Thrawn book and annoyed that my hot water is out, listening to Sabbath and Alice Cooper on Spotify and being kind of a lazy piece of shit when the guilt set in. Morgan, it is 50 years since Sabbath’s debut and you haven’t posted anything, you worthless poseur. The dark well from which all metal of value doth flow, the haunting grounds of “The Wizard”, the nativity in black. A warning to every sleeping village that music had forever changed. Zep never got so evil. Mentioning Mordor doesn’t come close to Sabbath’s shadows. What the hell was I doing running a metal site if I can’t get my ass up to praise the lords on this sacred day? So what if I smell bad and am wearing my girlfriend’s PINK sweatpants, even better.

Now I sit in front of the computer trembling in awe thinking of the power of that record and how amazing the fifty years since have been as not just pond ripples but tidal waves of influence have rolled out from those doomy notes. Someone on Twitter said Priest invented metal and I am sorry,  but…while they both had an early start Sabbath had five evil as fuck albums out before Priest even got Rocka Rolla (a good but comparatively wimpy album). Even if you were so insane as to discount the first 4 Sabbath albums as just heavy blues- which ignores “Children of the (fucking) Grave” on Master Of Reality, can anyone seriously look at the tormented person on the grim ass cover art of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and hear the title track and say THAT isn’t metal??? Seriously?

Often imitated, never quite matched…the Sabbath legacy. Pick up some new merch today. You can’t just copy greatness and expect the same heights. On that note, why the hell does that band the Used with that dude Bert who used to date Kelly have a new album called fucking Heartwork?! Are you serious, dudes? Have you really never heard of god damned CARCASS!!?? Ooof. But I digress.

Anyway, God and the Devil bless Ozzy for still being here and still making rock n roll. Thank you Tony and all the boys and the long list of others attached to the band over the years. You all changed my life forever and the lives of countless others. Thank you.


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Happy 49 Heavy Metal and Black Sabbath’s debut

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM (PST)

SO today is the birthday of Black Sabbath’s self-titled masterpiece, remarkable for too many reasons to count. Many have spent much of their lives trying. I was going to say “a lifetime” but the average lifespan now is longer than the 49 years since Earth (see what I did there?) first heard the rumble of these titans. Actually, that’s only a semi-clever/accurate pun because while Sabbath was called Earth prior to re-naming themselves , before that they were called Polka Tulk Blues Band even earlier in ’68 in a rough form. I think we can agree it’s fucking great that they achieved iconic status in no small part to settling on their final moniker (which is more PTBB “shade” and not a dis to a certain awesome modern band called Earth we also know and love). Anyway, in 1970 Black Sabbath’s debut was born and the deal with the devil that birthed the End Times music of Heavy Metal was struck.

Human longevity is not guaranteed so much these days for us as a species, but it is pretty awe-inspiring that Sabbath have had such an impact on so many levels in culture that film, festivals and society as a whole have all been graced by the long shadow cast by “The Wizard” and friends. The fact that Ozzy is still as recognizable as any flavor of the month newfound celebrity who is zombie-cannibalized by the scrutiny of fame’s hungry eyes in our culture of inhospitable impermanence is a sheer miracle (and in no small part also thanks to Sharon, as well as his own talent). BUT I am not here today to talk about individual members of the band over the years and their place in pop culture – though Sabbath is Iommi’s more than anyone’s for sticking it out the entire time as the sole constant – as much as discuss how the first Sabbath album creeping up on 50 years old is something to marvel at.

We’ve come so far together, heavy metal. For better and for worse. You looked so cool and casual and I tried to look the same, but now I’ve got to know ya…tell me who am I to blame?

We have a choice now to take serious stock and make metal more inclusive, as potent a force as ever but even more capable of traversing barriers and resonating beyond the narrow CisHet white male bandwidth than it ever has before (which is nothing against the lads who started the band at all). I was dismayed as heck by the morons in the comments section of a recent article about the power of current female vocalists in metal. Heck, the best cover of the definitive metal title track and first doom metal song has Beth Gibbons singing instead of Ozzy (hear below) and King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is arguably the best singer in the melodic yet drony/sludgy side of the genre we know and love currently, IMO. People of all types, genders, races, religions, etc. love rock n roll. Let’s continue to expand that. Remember practically every concert ever Ozzy says ,”I love you all.” It is fitting the band’s final album was called 13 since the album that started it all was born on Feb. 13th, 1970. I mean, could it have been on any other day of the month?

I clean a bar every morning and was playing “The Warning” on the bar speakers today. A different guy than usual delivered the lemons and limes for the cocktails and he was an older dude. The guy’s face lit right up at the music and he said he had seen them years ago for ten bucks and proceeded to tell me all about the gig. We went from being strangers with generational divides to having something we both loved to talk about in common, and while small talk is wack I would gladly talk about Sabbath with anyone any day. That’s a life giving bridge just as much as Sabbath’s music itself has helped so many of us who have ever danced through shadows or struggled with depression.

Anyway, fucking crank this shit today, give thanks to the metal ancestors and remind them that we basically never regretted following them and will be forever metal til the end of time.

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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi’s ‘Seventh Star’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:19 PM (PST)

Tony Iommi

Thirty years ago, Black Sabbath as a band, an idea, and as a consistent part of heavy metal was all but gone. Starting with Heaven and Hell, the first Black Sabbath album without the original line-up, the band started to go through many odd years. Mob Rules saw the band down to half of the original members. Born Again was most of the band back together, with Ian Gillian on vocals instead of Ozzy or Ronnie.

But by time Seventh Star came out Black Sabbath was down to one original member, Tony Iommi. It stayed that way until Geezer came back in for 1992’s Dehumanizer. The band closed out with 1995’s Forbidden being down to just Iommi, again. Geezer and Iommi in the 18 year gap, played a lot of concerts with Black Sabbath, but no new music was recorded. Then starting in 2007 they worked with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice in Heaven and Hell to record Live from Radio City Music HallThe Devil You Know and Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell.

You can read more of this 30th anniversary retrospect here.

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logo_Large_32723Ozzy Osbourne, the first of numerous great vocalists who contributed to the legendary band Black Sabbath whose name I have as a tat on my wrist, announced yesterday that the band will do one more album and tour. While I hope Bill Ward can complete the full circle and be on it, things haven’t been boding well lately. I hope Sabbath can really give the fans what they want. I love Ozzy but there have been numerous people important to the band over the years who don’t seem to get as much due as they should.

Personally, I liked the 13 album. Ozzy killed it and the songs were really good, but let’s all  hope the mix can be a bit less clean for the final record.

Check out the press conference BELOW.

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Black Sabbath has announced a “new” singer after Ozzy Osbourne announced his departure from the legendary metal band today.

“He’s [Ozzy] 66 years old, and years of being on the road have just taken their toll. He wants to focus on family and gardening now, which has been a secret passion of his for a long time.” replied Sharon Osbourne, his wife of 32 years.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced former Sabbath singer, Tony Martin as his replacement. “Tony is, by far, the most capable singer I’ve ever worked with. He was able to sing the songs of every era of the band. It will be great working with him again. Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] and Nick [Menza, newly announced drummer- since Megadeth dropped the ball on that one again] are looking forward to it as well.”

Tony Martin issued a statement saying “This is something the fans have demanded for years now. It’s been a long time, but it finally feels right.”

This isn’t the first time Ozzy has left Sabbath. In 1977, Ozzy was fired from the group and was replaced by Dave Walker of Fleetwood Mac. Ozzy was brought back a short time later, only to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Ozzy reunited with Sabbath a few more times over the years, only to be replaced by Dio each time until now.

“The company no longer makes the sticks they used to jam up his ass to keep him propped upright on stage, so he has decided to step down as Sabbath’s frontman so the most dynamic vocalist of the band could return,” commented bassist Geezer Butler.

Dust off that Headless Cross, bitches.

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“One more album, and a final tour” Ozzy speaks on Black Sabbath

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM (PST)


The world’s greatest metal band may be preparing to call it quits for the final time.

Ozzy spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine about the Black Sabbath‘s future.

“We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.”

It doesn’t sound as if they’ll start writing the album until early 2015, however.

One thing is for certain, Ozzy is fired up and ready to go!

“Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea – because we were getting asked about it all the time – I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.'”

Osbourne went as far as to say that he’d ‘Fly to the fucking moon’ to make this next album happen.

You can read the whole article from Rolling Stone here.

Check out the ‘Memoirs of a Madman’ trailer here.

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Best and Worst of 2013: A year in review and a ‘Best Albums Of’ list

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM (PST)


What a year it’s been for the music world, and specifically for the heavy metal world. From the drop of 13 from an Ozzy-led Black Sabbath, to the death of Jeff Hanneman (may he rest in peace) to the arrests and trials of Randy Blythe and Tim Lambesis, it’s been an exciting first year for me here at Metal Riot as I’ve had the chance to interview members of A Pale Horse Named Death, White Wizzard, Secrets of the Sky, Impending Doom and In The Company of Serpents and review such powerful albums as Death Will Reign, To Sail Black Waters, The Hundredth Name, Skull, ReEvolution and Hydra and I could not think of a better way to close out the year than to let you all know what albums I thought were the best of 2013!

Check out my top ten albums of 2013 as well as my year-in-review here.

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Black Sabbath announces US tour dates

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:44 AM (PST)

Black Sabbath logoLegendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have announced a handful of US tour dates in support of their upcoming album 13. The album is set for release via Vertigo and Republic Records in the US on June 11, 2013.

You can see the tour dates here.

13, which is actually Sabbath’s nineteenth studio album, is the first album since the 1978 album Never Say Die! to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne and the first Sabbath album since 1995’s Forbidden.

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Black Sabbath to release new album, ’13’ on June 11

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM (PST)

BlackSabbath005 Metal masters Black Sabbath have finally dropped the release date for their newest album. The album, 13, is expected to drop on June 11.

Black Sabbath is also expected to start their world tour with a series of dates kicking off next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

You can find the second studio update here.

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Heavy metallers David Draiman (Disturbed) and Geno Lenardo (formerly of Filter) have teamed up for a new project called Device. Their debut album will have guest stars such as Geezer Butler, Serj Tankian, Tom Morello and more. The full length is expected to drop on April 9th from Warner Bros. Records and will have more of an industrial metal feel.

The touring line-up of Device will be rounded out by Will Hunt (drums – Evanescence) and Virus (lead guitar – Dope).

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Honestly, I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to write anything else about this whole Black Sabbath “reunion” thing.  Look, it gets web hits and everyone wants to know what’s going on with one of the most influential bands in metal history.  Plus there’s no one out there (except maybe Sharon) that doesn’t want to see these guys back together at least once before they die.  So I’m writing this one last article (until they put Bill Ward back in the band) as an update.

If you don’t know, the band is having a “reunion” without the original drummer Bill Ward because they can’t seem to get their shit together and reach an agreement about monetary issues.  It’s anyone’s guess who’s really to blame here, but basically a bunch of childish rich old British men can’t sit down and figure out how to split up a HUGE sum of money equally and Bill refuses to play nice until he gets what he feels is a fair contract.  So instead of saying “fuck it” and making this happen somehow they are recording a “reunion” album without the original drummer they have now offered him the chance to play a couple songs at a festival FOR FREE and then step down so another drummer can fill in for the rest of the set and get paid.  Yes you read that right.  Plus Ward didn’t even know about the show and found out from an ad online. You’d think Ozzy maybe has a little cash kicking around after selling his soul to MTV and could just make this work, but it looks like that is a big negative.

To read quotes from Ward on the whole situation click here.

Oh yeah by the way, Tony Iommi has cancer too (which one would think might be an incentive to say fuck it and just play together again one last time, but no).  He is reportedy responding well to treatment and has been recording this whole time.  

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Tony Iommi issues update on battle with cancer

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM (PST)

Tony Iommi, the legendary guitarist from heavy metal gods Black Sabbath has released an update on his battle with lymphatic cancer.

“A little update on how it’s all going:

Well, I’ve had the last dose of chemotherapy, so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon. The steroids were the [worst]. I’ve now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I’m told can be very tiring, so we’ll see.

A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England; it was a big incentive for me. We managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.

And, importantly, thanks again for your kind messages. Hope to be seeing you soon.”

Hopefully all continues to go well and this summer’s US appearance goes on as planned.  Let’s also hope that Bill Ward decides to participate as he has recently opted out of participating with the recording and touring because he is not happy with his contract.  You can read more on that here.

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Black Sabbath – More from Bill Ward on Potential Reunion

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has released another statement regarding the band hopeful reunion of the classic line up. It would appear that they have not yet offered Bill the “signable” contract he is looking for and have chosen to record without him.

While my normal reaction to all of this would be to tell Sharon to keep her nose out of Sabbath’s business I guess she has stated that she has nothing to do with Black Sabbath’s managment and commented ”I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband” so you just have to wonder why these guys cant reach an agreement. Its a shame that with everything going on with Tony Iommi that these guys cant work it out.

For Bill Ward’s statement click here.

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Bill Ward’s son releases statement on Black Sabbath “shitstorm”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM (PST)

Well, if you haven’t been living under a rock then you have probably heard something about the Black Sabbath reunion continuing without Bill Ward, along with all the other shenanigans.  If you haven’t, then clicking here for the back story and links to all the craziness may not be a bad idea as there’s quite a bit of details.

It’s gotten so bad that now we even have Bill Ward’s son weighing in on the situation.  The whole thing actually helps to bring a bit of clarity to everything and you can click here to read the full statement.

Then you have the always polite and eloquent Sharon Osbourne.  Supposedly the internets have been buzzing with rumors that this whole thing is somehow her fault and that she is refusing to give Bill a fair contract.  So of course she felt the need to step in yesterday by releasing a statement saying,”I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband.”  Well maybe she could manage to tell Ozzy to throw Bill a bone.

This whole thing is insane really and who’s to say it won’t just get worse, money is a crazy thing.

On the bright side though there has been a Facebook page started called 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward and it’s starting to generate some steam. You can check it out here.

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Bill Ward officially out of Black Sabbath

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM (PST)

Wow, this has been a crazy couple of weeks for Black Sabbath.  First of all, Tony Iommi has cancer.  Supposedly he’s doing better, but he still has cancer and that’s not good.  Then Birmingham announces Black Sabbath Day (which is apparently officially happening) and Bill Ward threatens to leave the band, all within a couple of days.  Now Black Sabbath has announced that they plan to continue the reunion and new album without Bill.

Bill Ward recently stated that he would not work with the band until presented with a contract he felt was fair.  So, the rest of the band has decided they will record and tour without him.  Rumors are circulating that Tommy Clufetos may be stepping in but nothing is official as of yet.  Hopefully everyone realises that they have been friends for infinity, are already rich, very old, and oh yeah, Tony has cancer.  Oh right, and you helped start heavy metal.  That way they can settle their differences in time for the album and play together one more time.

Click here to read the official statement from the band.

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