10/10 … Hooooooly f**k, I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since this masterpiece and milestone in Heavy Metal history was released. It’s ofcourse a 10/10 when it comes to the music, but also a 10/10 when it comes to this edition. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT … a beautiful thick box with a poster, a fantastic hardbound book featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia. Also included is a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour late 1970. Simply amazing. At the end of this month Motörhead will release a Super Deluxe Version of “Ace of Spades”, so we will see if this stands as the crown-jewel of deluxe packaging of a Metal album, but it will definitely be hard to beat. I mean 5 LP’s, with apart from the actual album, 2 live concerts … nice!
8/10 … I love Black Sabbath and I love Ozzy’s early solo stuff up until the early 90’s somewhere. I haven’t even listened to the two latest solo albums since I get a feeling he wants to “be with the times” and have made some “big pant metal” for the only sake to get on the top charts. For fuck sake on the latest record he had guest artists such as Elton John, Post Malone and Travis Scott (?!?!?!?!).
I have a hard time imagine another artist besides Ozzy and Mötley Crue that have lived the same rock’n roll life to its fullest as they have. Maybe Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) and Motörheads Lemmy. Usually I’m not that interested in artists private life, but it’s funny as hell listening to his escapades.
On Black Sabbath’s swansong, the album “13” from 2013 we find this track, “God is dead?”, the first single from that album. and the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1998’s “Psycho Man” and “Selling My Soul” from Reunion. The music video, directed by Peter Joseph, known for the Zeitgeist film series,[ was released on 10 June 2013.
The concept of the song is a clearly inspired by Friedrich Nietzsches “Gott Ist Tot” that you can read about down below …
9/10 … I listened to the audiobook version of his biography, and I loved to hear about all the craziness when they where on tour. How Ozzy set of fireworks in a hotel, how Iommi set fire on Bill Ward, the killing of Richard Branson’s prize carp fish with pyrotechnics, that Spinal Tap-inspiring Stonehenge stage set, Ghost encounters, Knife fights and auditioning Michael Bolton as Black Sabbath singer (!?!?).
10/10 … This is the perfect concert, the ultimate Black Sabbath show off. Forget all about ”Live at Last” and ”Live Evil”, this is it, a 100-minute perfect performance recorded in New Jersey for the famous American radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour at the beginning of the LP promotion tour for ‘Sabotage’.
The sounds is awesome, raw but still with that ”Wall of Sound” that only Butler and Iommi can create together. Ozzy’s voice sounds fantastic. Not a single half-assed track or filler, just the best all spiced up with among other things a 14-minute jam.
I have been a Black Sabbath fan ever since I was a small child, I loved the mystic surrounding the first self-titled album, both the music and the cover I could look at for hours wondering who that mysterious lady was. But the 1980’s era wasn’t for me at the time, but I have the […]