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25 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Dehumanizer’ featuring Ronnie James Dio!
Dehumanizer is the sixteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in June 1992. It was the first Sabbath studio album in over a decade to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals and Vinny Appice on drums. It is also the first in nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler. Originally, legendary drummer Cozy Powell was scheduled to play drums on the album but during rehearsals in November, Powell suffered a bizarre injury when his horse died and collapsed on him, breaking his hip. Dio wanted Simon Wright, who was playing with Dio at the time, to fill the drum seat, but Butler and Iommi vetoed him, opting instead to go with Vinny Appice, who had played in the Black Sabbath lineup for The Mob Rules. It was a good move. Appice’s consistant steady bombastic beats and simple, effective fills energized his band mates, resulting in what some consider one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums! Lyrical themes vary from a computer worshipped as a god, to televangelists, to individualism and doubts about the afterlife. In my personal opinion this album is a classic-metal masterpiece! By far one of their best with Ronnie on vocals.
Sadly this incarnation of Black Sabbath ended again when Dio’s contract with the band ended several days before the Costa Mesa reunion shows in November 1992. While on tour for the album, the band told Dio that Sabbath would be opening for Ozzy in Los Angeles as part of his farewell tour. According to Iommi, Dio quit because of this, referring to Ozzy as a “clown”. “No, sorry. I have more pride than that,” Dio supposedly said. Dio left Black Sabbath before the LA show and Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford filled in. Halford and Dio were friends so Rob would only do the Costa Mesa shows with Dio’s blessing, which he received when he spoke with Dio by phone. Both shows were recorded in their entireties and are now widely circulated as audio and video bootlegs. And I have copies of them and I plan on playing them in a future segment of BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.
The Dehumaizer album was re-released, complete with bonus content, on 7 February 2011. It was also included in the 2008 Dio-Era Black Sabbath box set titled The Rules of Hell. And of course this album’s line-up of Dio, Appice, Butler, and Tony Iommi did later reunite in 2006 for a greatest hits set, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, and a new studio album in 2009, The Devil You Know (billed as “Heaven & Hell”).
Happy Father’s Day KILO Nation! Tonight we pay tribute to all the hard working & rocking Dads out there!
“Junior’s Eyes” is a completely rearranged Black Sabbath cover by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society on their The Song Remains Not the Same, released May 10, 2011. The album mainly featured new cover songs, and acoustic versions of songs that were originally released on BLS’s previous album Order of the Black. The original version by Black Sabbath appears on their Never Say Die! album from 1978. It was the last full studio album with the band’s original lineup and also the last to feature Ozzy on vocals until 2013’s aptly titled 13. Prior to recording, Never Say Die! Ozzy had briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker who the band wrote a handful of songs with. That short-lived line-up even performed together on the BBC program Look Hear. Ozzy eventually rejoined the band, and all of the songs written with Walker were then redone, including “Junior’s Eyes”, which was rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father.
“My Little Man” is a song that was written for Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne, now a father himself. Ozzy co-wrote the track with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for his Ozzmosis album released in ’95. Although all guitars were performed by Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai was originally slated to perform guitar on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy, however they were all scrapped and only “My Little Man” was kept. At this time Ozzy also recorded the song “Aimee” for his oldest daughter Aimee Osbourne. However the song also ended up being omitted from the album but was later re-released as a bonus track on the 2002 reissue. And if you remember Aimee Osbourne had refused to participate in The Osbournes reality show at that time and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. If you go back and watch old episodes, most of the family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred out.
Tonight we are stealing and selling souls with Badlands and Zakk Wylde in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ!
Voodoo Highway, released in June of ’91 is the second album by Badlands, a band founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Eric Singer. After the first self-titled Badlands album, drummer Eric Singer left the band to join KISS, and was replaced by drummer Jeff Martin, who had previously sung lead vocals in the bands Surgical Steel and Racer X. Badlands were one of the most underrated bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s. I personally consider their first album an absolute classic in both style and content. A solid hard rock offering. And the follow up, Voodoo Highway was a less commercial more dirty Zeppelin-inspired blues-based hard rock album! Which unfortunately would later result in a fall out between singer Ray Gillen and Jake E. Lee. The songs on here are just as good as their debut with a little more fire in Gillen’s voice. Jake’s guitar is about as raw as you can get. One thing Badlands always had was energy and, of course, great rhythm guitar. The solos here are unmatched.
“Soul Stealer” is the sixth song on Voodoo Highway, the sophomore album by the band Badlands. As mentioned, Badlands appeared doomed by the time that the album was released in 1991, because the juggernaut that was grunge now would dominate the charts.
While Badlands’ rootsy blues-metal would have creatively fit in perfectly between Pearl Jam’s arena-rock jams and Nirvana’s complex punk-metal hybrid, label indifference and eventual hostility would put the band on the street withina year. Singer Ray Gillen who was at odds with Jake E. Lee over the bands direction was was given the boot, a new singer signed on, gigs in the UK/Europe were booked, and then that singer quit due to a conflict with money, Gillen was reluctantly bought back at short notice, and in hindsight this proved to be a very bad move as he and Lee still did not get along, which culminated in an onstage breakdown and band break-up at London’s Astoria Theatre. Things would not be the same again. Gillen was fired again, and another vocalist came on board, but by Spring 1992 it was all over. Ray Gillen’s health was a major concern all during the bands time together, and that all came to a head at the end of 1993 when he passed away due to AIDS related complications. If there is any consolation for Badlands, at least their first two albums have been given rightful credit as remastered reissues thanks to Rock Candy Records. I highly suggest you go out and buy them! They flat out rock! And they are a part of the Black Sabbath Family Tree.
(Instrumental only performance version of Sold My Soul)
“Sold My Soul” is the second track off of Book of Shadows, the first solo studio album by guitarist Zakk Wylde. The album was first released in 1996, and was later reissued by Spitfire in 1999 with a bonus disc containing three bonus tracks. Unlike Zakk’s work with Ozzy Osbourne, the future Black Label Society front man, shows a very different side to his music; an introspective and mostly acoustic style recalling many of the lighter moments from his previous southern rock project, Pride & Glory as well as classic folk rock artists such as Neil Young and Tom Petty. Promotional singles were released for the tracks “Between Heaven and Hell” and “Way Beyond Empty”, the latter of which also had an accompanying music video. Another track “Throwin’ It All Away” was written about the death of Shannon Hoon from the band Blind Melon. Shannon and Zakk had lived together and became close friends a few months before he died of a drug overdose. In conclusion, this is a very strong and underrated album, and in my opinion by far some Zakk Wylde’s best work. Die-hard fans of both Black Label Society and Ozzy might get discouraged over the lack of “metal,” but for the rest of us, Book of Shadows is a great listen for those who just wanna kick back with some cold ones and chill. It’s some good old fashioned down home rock and roll. So, if you have not heard it, I suggest that you give it a shot, you might be pleasantly surprised. Also Zakk released the sequel Book of Shadows II, his second official solo album in April of 2016. Check that one out as well.
Scream is the eleventh studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, released on 11 June 2010 and his last solo album as of 2016. The album was recorded at Ozzy’s home studio called “The Bunker” in Los Angeles, California and was produced by himself and Kevin Churko, who is best known for his work with artists such as Hellyeah, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Gemini Syndrome, Kobra and the Lotus, Asking Alexandria and many more. They had previously worked together on Black Rain in ’07. The album was commercially successful, reaching number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the UK Albums Chart.
Originally to be titled Soul Sucka, the album was later changed to Scream. It is the only Ozzy album to feature guitarist Gus G, who replaced long-term guitarist Zakk Wylde. (Who is currently back in the band) Scream is also the first release to feature keyboardist Adam Wakeman, (the son of Legendary YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman) who has worked with Ozzy as a touring musician since 2004. He has also played keyboards and guitar off-stage for Black Sabbath.
A 2-CD, “Tour Edition” version of the Scream album was released in the U.S. on 5 October 2010. This package contains the original album on disc 1 and a second CD with seven bonus songs from the Scream sessions, and four additional live tracks recorded during the UK leg of the Scream tour.
The music video for ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’ from the SCREAM album.
“Let Me Hear You Scream” hit number 1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, which is Ozzy’s second single to achieve such a feat. Also, in a stunt to promote the Scream album, at the LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball game on 12 June 2010, Ozzy encouraged the crowd to scream the title of the album as loud as they could and for as long as possible. The goal was to earn the Guinness World Record for loudest and longest scream from a crowd, and it was a success! The stadium beat the previous record set by a group of Finnish Boy Scouts. And the money earned was donated to ThinkCure! to aid cancer research.
Music video by Ozzy Osbourne performing Life Won’t Wait from the SCREAM album. (C) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment
“Life Won’t Wait” reached No. 1 on the Mediabase rock chart in Canada, making it his third single to achieve such a feat.
’13’ is the nineteenth and final studio album by Black Sabbath. It was released on June 10, 2013. It is the only studio album released by the band since Forbidden (1995) and it was also the first studio album to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!
Black Sabbath’s original line-up first began work on a new studio album in 2001 with producer Rick Rubin. The album’s development was delayed over a ten-year period, as Ozzy resumed his solo career while the rest of the band members went on to pursue other projects, including GZR and Heaven & Hell. When Black Sabbath announced the end of their hiatus on 11 November 2011, the band announced that they would restart work again on that new album with Rubin. In addition to original members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi, they were joined in the recording sessions by drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to not participate in the reunion, due to the now infamous “contractual dispute”.
“God Is Dead?” was the first single released from the ’13’ album. Both the song title and figure on the single’s cover are a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who is famous for saying that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?”. There has always been a lot of misconception over this track. The band was never claiming that God was dead but in fact pondering the question of his existence in light of current affairs or event’s taking place in the world today. Or at that time.
“Loner” was the third single from Black Sabbath’s album ’13’. Although the album version did not chart, a live version of the song was officially released as a single via Black Sabbath’s YouTube channel on 17 October 2013. It is also their last released single before their disbanding in 2017.
Discussing the album in an exclusive interview with NME.COM, Geezer Butler recalled: “Originally the record company wanted us to do 13 songs so that we’d have choices. We’d get to ten and we’d go ‘OK, that’s it, we’re not writing any more’. They’d say ‘No, we want 13′ so it was like … let’s call the album ’13’ just to piss them off… and then we ended up doing 16!” And that’s exactly what the band did! The original release of the final album contained only 8 tracks but however you can get the remaining tracks by picking up either the Deluxe Edition of the album, the Best Buy bonus disc version or on The End EP that was only available at dates on their final tour. The EP’s first four tracks are unreleased songs from the ’13’ sessions and the rest were recorded live on The End tour throughout 2013–2014. The artwork for the album was created by Zip Design in London. Zip commissioned a sculptor to create an 8-foot-tall #13″ from wicker, which was then set on fire in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The flames were said to be visible for miles and miles. The image was then shot by a professional photographer to create the final version of the cover.
’13’ reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart after its first week of sales. It is the band’s first album to top the UK chart since Paranoid (1970). The album also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 155,000 copies in the first week. (Overall the album went to hit No. 1 in more than 50 countries!!!)
Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ, I am spinning a couple of kick ass Black Sabbath covers by Soundarden and Metallica!
In June of 1992 a limited edition of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger album was released, with a second disc containing the EP ‘Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas’ (abbreviated as SOMMS). The title is a palindrome. This EP included three covers, an unreleased original song, and a live version of “Slaves & Bulldozers”. Once of those covers was Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void”. However, in Soundgarden’s version, the original lyrics were replaced by words of protest by Chief Seattle, which fit the meter of the song. “Chief Sealth”, better known today as Chief Seattle was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with “Doc” Maynard. Seattle, Washington, where Soundgarden and many Grunge era bands were formed, was named after the Chief. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of Native Americans’ land rights had been attributed to him. However, what he actually said has been lost through translation and rewriting over the years. At the 1993 Grammy Awards, the appropriately renamed “Into the Void (Sealth)” received a nomination for Best Metal Performance. This cover can also be found on Soundgarden’s “Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path”, 3-CD compilation album that was released in November of 2014. “Into the Void” was originally released in 1971 on the Black Sabbath album, Master of Reality.
“Sabbra Cadabra” is a two-song medley of songs by Black Sabbath since it also includes an excerpt of “A National Acrobat.” Both songs were originally released by Black Sabbath in 1973 on the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. Metallica’s version is off their Garage, Inc. compilation album that includes cover songs, B-side covers, and The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, which had gone out of print since its original release in 1987. The album features songs by artists that have influenced Metallica, including many bands from the new wave of British heavy metal movement (commonly abbreviated as NWOBHM), hardcore punk bands and a few other popular songs. The album was released in November of ’98 through Elektra Records.
Pride & Glory was a side project for Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. It had more of a Southern rock sound than Zakk’s other albums incorporating banjo, harmonica and mandolin into the mix. It was Zakk’s first self-fronted band, before releasing his first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he then went on to form Black Label Society in 1998.
Coming together in 1991, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead and included the former White Lion rhythm section of bassist James LoMenzo and drummer Greg D’Angelo alongside Wylde. In early 1994 D’Angelo was replaced by Brian Tichy, who has toured and recorded with a multitude of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Seether, Velvet Revolver, Foreigner, Glenn Hughes, Slash’s Snakepit, Whitesnake and most recently The Dead Daisies. At this time the band also changed their name to Pride & Glory, and on June 7 they released their self-titled debut – and only – studio album, on Geffen Records. Zakk’s songwriting skills come to the forefront on the album; there is a great deal of variety and the songs themselves are very dynamic, with a very loose jam-band feel to a number of them. In June of that year, the band performed as a main stage act at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in England. In November 1994 LoMenzo left after their tour of Japan, 3 days before the beginning of their US Tour. Wylde managed to find a replacement for James in his long-time friend John ‘J.D.’ DeServio also currently a member of Zakk’s Black Label Society. Slash of Guns N’ Roses appeared at this show jammed the Jimi Hendrix songs “Voodoo Child” and “Red House” with the band. A live album was supposedly recorded at this time and intended for release, but so it has never seen the light of day. Who knows, maybe sometime in the very near future.
Both “Losin’ Your Mind” and “Horse Called War” were released as promotional singles with accompanying music videos, whilst “Troubled Wine” was also released as a promo single but without a video.
The Pride & Glory album was reissued in 1999 on Spitfire Records with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material. This included the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard as well as covers of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dyin'”and a cover of The Beatles “Come Together” plus two additional original recordings.
34 years ago this past Thursday, DIO released ‘Holy Diver’, their Metal Masterpiece!
Holy Diver is the debut album by the band DIO, released on May 25th, 1983. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio had just quit or been kicked out Black Sabbath (depending on who tells the story) and he took drummer Vinny Appice with him to put together his own band. He then recruited bassist Jimmy Bain, whom he played with in Rainbow and hired 20-year-old unknown Irish guitar whiz Vivian Campbell (now with Def Leppard) and the rest as they say was hard rock or heavy metal history! The album was recorded and self-produced by Ronnie at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA and has been hailed by music critics as Dio’s best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre. Holy Diver literally kicks ass from beginning to end, with the opening adrenaline-charged fist pumper “Stand Up and Shout” to the darker, slow cooking closer “Shame on the Night”! All killer and no filler, full of epic rockin’ DIO classics!
“Holy Diver” was released in August 1983 as the lead single from the band’s debut album of the same name. Although it only reached number 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart at that time, today it is one of Dio’s most popular songs. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles. However I don’t think KILO ever stopped playing it! The cheesy music video for “Holy Diver”, directed and edited by Arthur Ellis, features Dio as a hairy barbarian adventuring through a desolate church striking down enemies with a sword! (Hey it was the 80’s!)
“Rainbow in the Dark” was the second single released from Holy Diver. It was numbered 13 on VH1’s “Top 40 Greatest Metal Songs”. The song was covered by Corey Taylor, with support from Steel Panther guitarist Satchel, Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, plus touring buddies Jason Christopher and Christian Martucci for the 2014 Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life – Tribute album.
The iconic album art for Holy Diver depicted the band’s devil mascot, Murray, standing behind a mountain, wielding or spinning a silver chain that’s also tightly wrapped around a man, who appears to be a priest, in the water below, giving the appearance that he is drowning him. The sinister image fueled rumors that Ronnie James Dio was a Satanist, and some thought the “Dio” logo read “Devil” when turned upside-down (Dio dismissed the interpretation as coincidence). At the same time, he welcomed the public’s inability to define or pigeonhole him. Dio was quick to argue that appearances are misleading, that it could just as easily be a priest killing a devil, or being saved by him, wanting people to rush to “judge a book by its cover”.
Black Rain is the tenth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, released 22 May 2007 on Epic Records. It is also the last album to feature Zakk Wylde and Mike Bordin, and the first to feature bassist Rob Nicholson. Black Rain debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, selling about 152,000 copies in its first week; making it Ozzy’s highest debut to date.
The album was released in several different versions. The original US version was released in a thin, brown digipak with the crowned skull Ozzy Osbourne logo, and for the rest of the world, it was released in a standard jewel case featuring cover art of Ozzy standing in front of some sort of war-torn or apocalyptic background with fires and ‘Black Rain’ falling down all around. This cover included a booklet complete with lyrics and album credits. The US version did not include any of that.
In the US, limited edition copies of the album were sold with special codes inside of the packets, which could be used to redeem a pair of OzzFest 2007 tickets. OzzFest 2007 was nicknamed “Freefest” because all tickets were free.
The song “I Don’t Wanna Stop” was also featured as the theme song for WWE Judgment Day 2007. The Japanese release was the same as the other releases outside of the US, except for the fact that it included two bonus tracks, “I Can’t Save You,” and “Nightmare”. The iTunes release of the album included the aforementioned “Nightmare”, plus an exclusive bonus track, (only for those who preordered through iTunes) “Love to Hate”. It also included a printable pdf file of the booklet, complete with lyrics and album credits. This same booklet was later made available as a free pdf download from Osbourne’s website on 1 June.
The album was reissued in the US on 14 August in a new jewel-case package containing the full booklet with lyrics and new colour cover art and photos, also containing CD extra bonus content featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the “Black Rain” photo shoot. A “tour edition” version of the album was released on 20 November 2007. This release includes an extra CD with 3 recently recorded live tracks and 3 studio tracks originally available on international releases and/or digital versions.
For me, Ronnie James Dio basically rules the month of May with all of the important album releases he was a part of throughout the month… as well as his unfortunate death due to stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. So tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ, I am giving you a couple of tracks from 2 different albums that were released this month.
“Lock Up the Wolves” is the title track off Dio’s fifth studio album, that was released on May 15, 1990. For this release Ronnie James Dio assembled a brand new version of the Dio line-up, including eighteen-year-old guitarist Rowan Robertson, and Simon Wright on drums who had played with AC/DC from 1983-89. While the band is completely different from that of the previous Dio records, they actually meld together quite well, bringing a straightforward heavy metal sound akin to the older Dio style but with a bit of a bluesy swing. The album reflects this heavily, as there is a strong presence of slower, more absorbed bluesy sections throughout. A few of these tracks lack aggression and edge, but there are also some fierce rockers to spice things up when needed. Lock Up the Wolves stands on its own quite nicely, and it’s actually one of my favorite Dio albums. Still it seems to be a bit underrated by many metal fans for reasons I’m unsure of.
“Push” is from Killing the Dragon, the ninth studio album by Dio. It was released May 21, 2002 through Spitfire Records and was produced by Ronnie James Dio himself. The song “Push” was a hit and had a music video that featured Tenacious D performing a humorous cover of Dio’s biggest song from his time with Black Sabbath, “Heaven and Hell”. Dio approaches them to tell them that he will pay them to play Tenacious D music. Ronnie became friends with Tenacious D frontman Jack Black, who told Dio about his plans to make a Tenacious D film and asked him to perform in the film as himself if anything became of it. This film of course was Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and it came out in 2006.
The Killing the Dragon album also introduced guitarist Doug Aldrich to the band. He had previously performed with Burning Rain and later went on to join Whitesnake. Previous guitarist, Craig Goldy, co-wrote some of the songs before leaving the band. He would later return for 2004’s Master of the Moon album.
*In an interview, Dio stated that the “dragon” of the album title refers to technology. He expressed concern with it threatening society in the future. He also expressed belief that the computer has become a god in modern society. “It is a small god with an electrical heart…It is time to rebel against it.” (very reminiscent of the “Computer God” track he wrote with Black Sabbath for the bands Dehumanizer album released 10 years earlier)