Posts Tagged ‘Black Sabbath’

Wednesday, March 8, the Mockstrosity Tour 2017—starring the kings of fast-food themed Black Sabbath covers Mac Sabbath and Metalachi: The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band—will kick off in Omaha, Nebraska. The tour also will feature, as special guests, the Ned Flanders-themed metal band Okilly Dokilly. No, you’re not dreaming—the heavy-metal-shtick trifecta is upon us and you can witness them all in one night. Tickets are on sale now via individual venues.

In celebration of the tour kickoff, Mac Sabbath finally is releasing recorded music. Its viral hit cover track “Pair-A-Buns” will be available via Flexi Disc during the tour, available only inside the official new coloring activity book, which full of ridiculous images to color, dots to connect, mazes to solve and more. You can get the coloring activity book and Flexi Disc only via the band on tour as of now. Bring out your inner kid and pick them up at the Mac Sabbath merch booth at your local tour stop.

Take a look inside the new book with Ronald Osbourne and brace yourself for a shocking discovery: (more…)

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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s hard to think of anyone in the 40-plus-year history of the genre who’s more “metal” than Ronnie James Dio. The man practically invented the “metal horns,” for Pete’s sake, a salute metalheads can throw up to each other even if they’ve never met, confident it will be returned happily. As the frontman of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his eponymous band, Dio’s career aligns with metal’s inception, and though his commercial success hit peaks and valleys, for four decades, he stayed true; even in the year before his death—at age 67 from stomach cancer—he was recording and touring with his former Black Sabbath bandmates as Heaven and Hell. (Their 2009 album, The Devil You Know, holds its own with the best of Dio’s discography.) (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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After the acoustic The Song Remains Not the Same (2011) and the stripped-down, double live album Unblackened (2013), Black Label Society is bringing the thunder once again on its ninth proper studio release, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (named for BLS overlord Zakk Wylde’s home studio).

“If you ask me the difference between this album and the last eight or nine? It’s the song titles,” Zakk, in his typical self-deprecating manner, says in the latest official BLS bio. While it’s refreshing to see a musician who doesn’t take himself so seriously, he’s selling Catacombs a bit short. Yeah, it has the expected mix of full-throttle rockers and a few tender ballads, and the guitar playing is nothing short of godlike, but this release has a different feel than much of what has preceded it. (more…)

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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

Ozzy Osbourne freely admits that the stories he relates in his autobiography, I am Ozzy, are told to the best of his recollection, his memory eroded by decades of extreme substance abuse. Given the astronomical amount of booze and other drugs he spent the better part of his life ingesting, it’s almost beyond belief that he is still alive and in a condition to tell any stories.

I am Ozzy is a wild, vulgar ride through Osbourne’s debauchery-filled life—a yarn overflowing with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, with an extra emphasis on the drugs. It’s often hilarious, sometimes sad and even scary at certain points. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Make no mistake: The Devil You Know is the newest Black Sabbath album. The cover says “Heaven & Hell,” but that’s a moniker this quartet adopted probably to assuage Ozzy Osbourne’s ego more than anything else. Only half the band that practically invented heavy metal four decades ago is here, but this lineup was active in both the early 1980s and early ‘90s. The new name comes from the first Ronnie James Dio-fronted Sabbath album, released in 1980. (more…)

sahg-iSince being formed by members of Norwegian metal bands Gorgoroth, Manngard and Audrey Horne, a buzz has surrounded Sahg. On their debut album, Sahg I, which took an entire year to write and record, Sahg carries the torch first set ablaze by Black Sabbath (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Age of Winters, the debut album by the Austin, Texas, quartet The Sword, has generated a healthy buzz both in the mainstream media and among those in the metal world. Rolling Stone, The New York Times and other publications have given positive reviews, while MTV featured the band in its “You Hear It First” series spotlighting new acts. On the other side, The Sword comes to me recommended by Andrew Williams of Every Time I Die, and Dez Fafara of Devildriver recently selected the video for “Winter’s Wolves” as his “Bang of the Week” on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball. (more…)