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Track-By-Track Review: Ozzy Osbourne – Scream [2010]

Posted in Ozzy Osbourne on June 20, 2010 by gearsofrock

Ozzy Osbourne employs guitar great Gus G. on his latest release Scream. Here are some of my initial track-by-track thoughts on the Prince of Darkness’ latest album.

“Let it Die” The six minute opening tune has a great percussive tribal vibe in the beginning, a powerful intro solo from Gus G., and a sweet and sludgy cool down. After the main guitar solo (4:18), there is a wonderfully demonic “Children of the Grave” part that almost does not fit into the song, but it is still awesome. The worst part of the track is the vocal part during the verses. At this point, i just hope that this album is not another victim of too much ProTools.

“Let Me Here You Scream” As a radio single, this track roars as a modern rock hit in the realm of “Perry Mason,” as it includes several similar elements (such as unison bends on the guitar). Although the lyrics and melody during the chorus are very catchy, they are also extremely hokey.

“Soul Sucker” The best part of this track is the speedy change at around 2:40 that sets the stage for another sick Gus G. guitar solo. The main riff goes extra heavy on the talk box, similar to “Fire it Up” by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. Unfortunately, there are about a gazillion layers of instrument tracks on “Soul Sucker” that deny it a natural rock feel.

“Life Won’t Wait” Remember Filter’s “Take My Picture?” This tune begins in a similar manner, but alternates between  heavy choruses and acoustic verses. Obviously Ozzy’s band is far superior to Filter. Therefore, this track rips in comparison mainly due to the six string brutality. “Life Won’t Wait” will most likely be released as a single at some point.

“Diggin Me Down” With a “Diary of a Madman” feel in the beginning, this song quickly becomes the most interesting one on Scream. In fact, I am already sitting in front of my computer, guitar in hand, working out the classical style intro riff. However when the track kicks in, the heavy riff defiles some of that early magic. That does not mean this track is not awesome. It simply means that Ozzy is old and Gus G. is not quite Randy Rhoads.

“Crucify” It is interesting that Ozzy released a track titled “Crucify the Dead” on Slash’s solo record and a song titled “Crucify” on his own record the same year. Overall, “Crucify” does not stand out on Scream; seems like album filler. Like most of the other tunes, the lead guitars are the one interesting component of the track.

“Fearless” A heavy hitting tune that serves as a slight redemption after “Crucify.” There are great guitar fills during the verses reminiscent of the “Mr. Crowley” style.

“Time” Ozzy is no stranger to throwing the word “time” somewhere within his song titles (“Time After Time,” “Running Out of Time”). On this reflective piece, Ozzy’s vocals are the focal point with the guitars taking a small breather for a track. This is like the “Dreamer” of Scream, except this one has “woo ooo ooo hoos” which I have never heard from the Ozzman before.

“I Want It More” An eerie piano intro sets a somber mood. Then an awesome main guitar riff thrashes through the verses. The choruses slow the track down, disappointing at first but then refreshingly sounds like “Revelation (Mother Earth).” This tune contains a masterful composition with many different parts that mix well together; an attribute that some of the other tracks have struggled with.

“Latimer’s Mercy” The one poor vocal tactic that Ozzy overuses these days are the spoken-worded verses. This song is a hard and bluesy tune with a rad Faith No More keyboard structure.

“I Love You All” Ozzy just wanted to let you know that. He is a legend, hero, and god. However, we are the ones that made him really really rich. You can here Ozzy’s love for The Beatles on this one minute album closer.

In conclusion, Scream is a lot of fun to listen to since there is a new axe master in Ozzyland to get acquainted with in Gus G. The best tracks are “I Want It More,” “Diggin Me Down,” and “Life Won’t Wait.” It is interesting that many of Scream’s best riffs throughout the record are the ones that come right before the guitar solos. Overall, this feels like a slightly better album than 2007’s Black Rain and a far superior record to 2001’s Down To Earth.

Ozzy Osbourne is Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Gus G. (Guitars), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, and Tommy Clufetos (Drums).

Miscellaneous Rock Links: Ozzy Crowned, Guitar Wars, iPod Daddy Leaves Apple…

Posted in Def Leppard, News, Ozzy Osbourne, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with tags , , , on November 4, 2008 by gearsofrock

1. Ozzy Osbourne crowned “living legend” at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Foo Fighters named band of the year and Slash wins the “11” award [telegraph.co.uk].

2. Who will win this dirty gaming war this year — Guitar Hero or Rock Band? Well, the consumers will ultimately decide as they cast their dollar votes this holiday season [ap.google.com].

3. Do you know who originally pitched the idea for the iPod to Apple? Neither did I. His name is Tony Fadell and he is leaving Apple after 160 million units sold [i4u.com]

4. If you want to watch Metallica’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, then it will be on the Fuse network. The network and the Rock Hall justed inked a three year deal [worldscreen.com].

5. As a rock guitarist with the choice of joining Def Leppard or Iron Maiden, which would you pick? Phil Collen chose Def Leppard and talked about it with Inside Out webzine [blabbermouth.net].

Rock Show Countdown: #4 Ozzfest ’97

Posted in Black Sabbath, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Ozzfest, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Rock Show Countdown, Type o Negative with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by gearsofrock

Ozzfest ’97 featuring Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Marilyn Manson, Type-O-Negative, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Powerman 5000, and Coal Chamber at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, June 15, 1997

This quote from the New York Times sums up this legendary show:

This made the very premise of the concert one of rebellion, infusing it with the notion that rock-and-roll is more powerful than the state.

Backstory: I’ll never forget waking up super early on a Saturday morning to stand in line at the Ticketmaster window only to find out that this performance was CANCELED! What? Huh? NOOOOOO! It turned out that the state of New Jersey would not allow Manson to play this gig, so Ozzy sued the state in Federal court. New Jersey had no leg to stand on and the tickets finally went on sale a few weeks later. Whew. Then, after that silly fiasco, my parents asked me not to go because they heard a bunch of awful rumors about Manson killing 666 goats on stage or something like that. Well, my parents ended up losing that argument to this “rebellious” 17 year old.

As for the highlights of the actual show:

Fear Factory got the party started on the main stage early afternoon. I was a crazy Fear Factory head in these days. They put on a great performance, consisting mostly of songs off Demanufacture. “Replica” and “Demanufacture” were the best songs of the set.

Type-O-Negative ruled the main stage with solid performances off of October Rust, as well as classics such as “Christian Women” and “Black #1.” At the conclusion of the show, Peter Steele ripped out all his bass strings. He’s really strong.

Marilyn Manson went on during the daylight and still performed really well with his usual wild live antics like Bible-ripping and wearing practically nothing. Despite what the NY Times review says, the stadium was shaking during “The Beautiful People.”

Machine Head played on the second stage in support of The More Things Change. During Machine Heads final song, the power was pulled so Pantera’s set could begin.

Pantera was the sickest band to play and the highlight of rebellion with hundreds of people spilling on to the floor, and body-tackles administered by Giants Stadium staff to some of these people. Hey, Phil Anselmo invited them to come on down. Phil later thanked everybody for this support during a performance at Roseland Ballroom the following year (another classic show). Pantera sounded amazing by the way, with a setlist of classics and supporting The Great Southern Trendkill.

Ozzy Osbourne’s set was pretty good. It wasn’t very long since he had to play with Sabbath later. He seemed to be conserving his energy for most of the set. Joe Holmes was still on lead guitar duty at this point.

Black Sabbath was awesome and sounded way better than Ozzy’s solo set. Ozzy was also a little crazier too. I haven’t seen Ozzy perform this well since. There were laser light shows for tunes such as “Children of the Grave” and “Iron Man.” I left this show with a big smile and a $30 Black Sabbath tee-shirt.

If anyone has a bootleg from this show, please contact me at gearsofrock@gmail.com.