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’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)



Last Tuesday (5/16) was the 7th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Ronnie James Dio and Wednesday (5/17) was the 41st Anniversary of the Rainbow – Rising album. Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we celebrate the legacy of this album by spinning a couple of kick ass covers by artists that it has inspired or influenced!

Rising (also known as Rainbow Rising) is the second studio album by British hard rock band Rainbow, and was released in 1976. This time around the band featured leader Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame on guitar, Ronnie James Dio again on vocals, legendary drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboard player Tony Carey rounded out the roster. Rising captured “Blackmore and Dio at the peak of their creative powers… it chronicled both the guitarist’s neo-classical metal compositions at their most ambitious, and the singer’s growing fixation with fantasy lyrical themes – a blueprint Dio would adopt for his entire career thereafter. In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time. Many musicians have paid tribute to the album in recent years, citing it as an influence and describing it as a masterpiece, saying that it “introduced a more Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy heavy rock to the masses.”

Ronnie Rising Medley was Metallica’s tribute to Ronnie James Dio from the 2014 Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life. The recording is a combination of elements from the Rainbow songs Stargazer, Tarot Woman and A Light in the Black all from the Rainbow Rising album and then Kill the King from Rainbow’s ’78 follow up Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll. And of course Metallica has cited Rainbow and Ritchie Blackmore as being big influences for them especially drummer Lars Ulrich who in several interviews over the years has professed what a huge fan he is, claiming Ritchie was his all-time favorite guitarist and Ronnie hs favorite voaclist!

Motörhead with Biff Byford of Saxon on lead vocals and their cover of Starstruck that was also recorded for the Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life tribute album. The original Starstruck appears on the Rainbow – Rising album. And it was no secret that Lemmy of Motörhead and Ronnie were long-time friends and of course Motörhead and Saxon have a long history together, as a matter of fact Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, the two surviving members of Motörhead, have joined Saxon on stage a few times to play Motörhead classics in salute To Lemmy.

Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life is a 2014 tribute album to singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio, lead singer of several heavy metal bands including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. The album features many of Dio’s contemporaries performing songs originally recorded by Dio. Album proceeds went to Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.



HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to ALL you hard Rockin’ Mama’s out there in the KILO Nation!!! Tonight it’s all about YOU in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.

“Revelation (Mother Earth)” is a track off of Blizzard of Ozz, the debut solo by Ozzy, released in September 1980 in the UK and in March 1981 in the US. The album was Ozzy’s first release following his 1979 firing from Black Sabbath. The track itself deals with the “Ultimate Mother” our very own Mother Earth and the environmental damage caused to her by us, the human race! It also shows an apocalyptic vision taken straight from the Bible’s” Book of Revelation” from which the song borrows part of it’s title.

“Dee” is a 50-second classical guitar interlude from the album Blizzard of Ozz, that was written by Randy Rhoads in tribute to his mother Delores. Randy’s unique style of playing was formed from his classical guitar influences, which were definitely encouraged by his mother, since “Randy basically grew up in her Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, CA.”

“Mama, I’m Coming Home” is the third song on Ozzy’s ’91 album No More Tears. The power ballad is about his estranged wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, whom he nicknames “Mama”, and his return to her following his imminent retirement tour. The song was co-written by guitarist Zakk Wylde, multi-platinum producer/engineer Tom Fletcher and long-time friend Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Lemmy also provided the lyrics for “Hellraiser”, “Desire”, and “I Don’t Want to Change the World” on the album.



This Tuesday marks the Seven Year Anniversary of the Death of the Great Ronnie James Dio! Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and his own band DIO, died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we pay Tribute.

The most tragic thing about Ronnie’s death from metastasized stomach cancer is that it likely could have been prevented. Dio had not been tested for stomach or colorectal cancer in at least 10 years! The American Cancer Foundation recommends men and women over the age of 50 at average risk for developing colorectal cancer receive a colonoscopy every 10 years to detect and prevent the spread of colon cancer. “All the doctors said if he’d have gone in [for a colonoscopy] a year earlier or two years earlier, they could have treated him,” said Dio’s Heaven and Hell and Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Geezer Butler! (IF YOU ARE AT RISK, GET CHECKED OUT KILO ROCKERS!!!)


“Die Young” is a single by Black Sabbath from their ninth studio, Heaven and Hell. Released on 25 April 1980, it is the first Black Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio, who replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in 1979. And even though he was a few years shy of 70 at the time of his death, most people (including myself) feel as though Ronnie James Dio died too young!

“Hungry for Heaven” was the seventh single released by Dio and the second single from their 1985 LP, Sacred Heart. Released on August 15, 1985, it is one of Dio’s most well-known albums and this was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was fired midway through the album’s tour. Campbell went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy.

In the history of metal, there are great singers and then there are LEGENDS! Even though he stood at only five-feet-four, Ronnie James Dio was a commanding presence, matching his majestic vocals with theatrical hand and arm gestures. He was and still is very synonymous with heavy metal and of course he introduced to us the metal salute, ‘The DeviL Horns’… so throw them up in Tribute to the Mighty MetaL God! Ronnie may be long gone, but his Legend Lives on …



Gus G. is Gone and Zakk Wylde is Back In Ozzy Osbourne’s Band!

Now that the brief, revival of Black Sabbath has reached its end, Ozzy will reunite with former longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde for a summer tour that marks the 30th anniversary of when the two first collaborated together. They first teamed up in 1987 when Zakk replaced Ozzy’s then-guitarist Jake E. Lee. Wylde contributed to Ozzy solo albums stretching from 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked to 2007’s Black Rain, which was the last Ozzy album to feature him.

They will hit the road for a series of Ozzy headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, starting July 14. So far, they have announced four dates together, with “additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Ozzy also plans to record his 12th solo album, scheduled to arrive sometime in 2018; and at this time it’s unclear whether Zakk will also take part in the recording. But according to speculation it does look likely to be a done deal!

“Gets Me Through” is the first track from Ozzy’s eighth studio album Down to Earth, released in 2001. It is the only Ozzy studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, who left the group to join Metallica in 2003. It was also the first album to feature drummer Mike Bordin, previously of Faith No More. And though he plays on the album, guitarist Zakk Wylde did not contribute as a songwriter for the first time since joining Ozzy’s band in 1988 and this was due to many of the songs being written before Wylde had rejoined the band after a brief split in ‘1996. (More on that later) Ozzy’s previous fill-in guitarist Joe Holmes was involved in the writing process and Ozzy also chose to utilize outside songwriters as well.

“Perry Mason”, was one of three singles released off of Ozzmosis, the seventh solo studio album by Ozzy. All guitars on the album were performed by Zakk, however Steve Vai was originally slated to be the guitarist on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy in 1994 (of which only the track “My Little Man” remained). Vai reportedly left the project due to a “falling out” with Ozzy, although this has been disputed by claims that they are still friends. (I personally asked Steve about this when I met him 2 years ago on a Monsters of Rock Cruise, and he denied any so-called falling out! And it’s funny because on that same cruise I met Gus G. and he hinted that Ozzy may eventually work with Zakk again.)

Zakk had split from Ozzy after recording Ozzmosis in ’96 to focus on his solo stuff. He recorded an album called Pride and Glory in the early 90’s, and the Book of Shadows solo album after that. He then formed Black Label Society. Joe Holmes was Ozzy’s live guitarist from 96 till about 2002 when he recorded the Down to Earth album. However Ozzy couldn’t write with Holmes, so he called in a favor to Zakk to help write and record the album. Then Zakk started pulling double duty, playing again in Ozzy’s band and with his BLS during Ozzfest! Writing credits on the album also included Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.

OH… and what does Gus G. think about all of this? Well, the world-class shredder issued a response on Facebook thanking the Osbourne family for the opportunity, the fans for their acceptance and welcomed Zakk Wylde back to the fold. Offering his thoughts on the reunion, “As a fan, it’s great to see Ozzy and Zakk back together. It’s been long overdue!”

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