I can barely contain my excitement. This year is looking like a nostalgia lover’s dream come true. Of course, all of it is dwarfed by the return of the originators of the metal, the fathers of the heavy, the trailblazers of terror…
That’s right, Black Sabbath has returned. 3/4 of the original lineup (sans drummer Bill Ward, whose spot is filled by former Rage Against The Machine timekeeper Brad Wilk). Their upcoming album, 13, represents the first time Ozzy has recorded an LP with Iommi and Butler since Never Say Die! way back in 1978. The prospects for these weathered and experienced masters of the craft are high indeed. One track from the upcoming album can be found below, and has some shades of “War Pigs” about it…definitely a brooding beast of a track, with a refreshed Osbourne asking an abstract but applicable question in regards to the terror and tragedy done in the name of a divine power.
Also, if you can deal with the language barrier, the band recently debuted another track, “End Of The Beginning” on Chilean radio station Futuro 88.9. Check here for the stream.
In other “Old-School Win!” news…
Former White Zombie frontman-turned-solo artist-turned-film director-turned-success on all fronts Rob Zombie recently released his 5th solo album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (confounding myself and many other fans by name alone). I’ve had a chance to listen (review coming soon!) and it definitely has more of a old-school Zombie feel to it. The lead single “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” is extremely catchy, and features a video that brings back some classic characters from past Zombie vids. Very cool stuff.
One of the longest running bands in metal is set to return with their 14th studio full-length, Super Collider, right around the corner on June 4th. Megadeth have been a force for years, but many would argue their more recent output pales in comparison to the days of Peace Sells… and Rust In Peace. I agree; but that doesn’t mean they’re not still capable of good things. Good things, like the track you can stream here. Indeed, Mr. Mustaine still has plenty to say and do to cement his legacy as one of metal’s mightiest.
Last, but not least, we have Alice In Chains, who just released their newest album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here earlier in the week. So long has past since Layne Staley departed, but I’ll tell you that his spirit sounds firmly entrenched in the new iteration of his band. Black Gives Way To Blue was a feeling-out of newcomer William DuVall. Their new record promises to set the foundation firmly for him and for those fans who are able to look past the ghost of one of music’s most tragic stories. And, if you were ever a fan, try to not hear that ghost floating freely through this one.
Needless to say, my review queue has me longing for the days when this music wasn’t just viable, but dominated the airwaves and the attention of the masses. Between these releases, the new beginning of Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington (which I am actually coming around to, in spite of myself) and promised future material from the likes of Korn, Amon Amarth, Immolation and Children Of Bodom, you might say that the tried and true of metal are keeping the banner flying high.
Until next week, dear readers.
Each edition of “Slaughterday” will, from here on out, close with a particular track that’s been keeping my head banging the previous week. Might be something old, something new, something brutal or something blue, but it’s guaranteed to be excellent. To somebody. Somewhere.
TRACK OF THE WEEK:
RIP Randy Rhoads…one of the best metal guitarists to have ever lived…