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Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man

Posted in Metal with tags , on 22nd February 2020 by izaforestspirit

Ozzy Osbourne
Ordinary Man
Released 21st February 2020
Heavy Metal
Released via Sony Music

Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man

The past few years have not been easy for the legendary heavy metal front-man Ozzy Osbourne. He has suffered from various health problems and injuries forcing him to postpone and cancel tours but he has managed to vent all that frustration and anguish into his latest studio effort – ‘Ordinary Man’. It is his first full-length album since 2010’s ‘Scream’. I have to admit that I had a little bit of catching up to do prior to listening to this. I’m a big fan of the old Ozzy albums, especially ‘No More Tears’, but the last album of his that I remember was ‘Down To Earth’. Luckily I managed to get hold of the ‘Memoirs of A Madman’ compilation to check out the stuff I missed.

So now that I’ve caught up on the past releases, it’s time to tune in to his latest opus… Straight to Hell marks a good start to the album, treating the listeners to an energetic and catchy heavy metal song. The guitars have playful, rocking feel to them, and Ozzy’s vocals work well with the music. So far so good. Then we get to the title track, which even after several listens, I still have mixed feelings about. It’s not so much that it’s a ballad. I have no issue with ballads. Ozzy has done a few good ones in the past including ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ and ‘Dreamer’. But this? I mean, the song itself is decent. I like the Beatles-style melody and Ozzy’s emotional vocals. But what the hell possessed him to to sink as low as to do a duet with Elton John? Seriously this is almost as bad as when Metallica decided to collaborate with Lou Reed. No! Just no.

Luckily the next track Under The Graveyard works much better. Now that’s the type of Ozzy song that I was hoping to hear. It reminds me of his earlier works and it is easily my favorite track on here. I also enjoyed It’s A Raid featuring Post Malone – another energetic and uplifting heavy metal song. Then the high descends into the low with the album drawing to a close with Take What I Want (feat. Post Malone & Travi$ Scott). Did I ever mention how much I hate rap and hip-hop? There is not a single good thing I can say about that song and vocals sound atrocious. Must skip. Oh wait! That was the final track!!

In summary I am a little disappointed with how this album turned out. There are a handful good tracks on here, about three of which I would happily play again. The rest range from the mediocre to the downright awful. I think that it would have been better without some of the collaborations. I really hope that this will not be his last album because Ozzy can do better.

5/10

Iza Raittila

Ozzy Osbourne postpones European Tour again

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , on 10th October 2019 by izaforestspirit

Bad news for Ozzy Osbourne fans… If you were planning to catch him live in Europe next year, sadly you will now have to wait even longer. The legendary heavy metal frontman recently announced that he has been forced to postpone the European part of the ‘No More Tours’ tour until 2021 due to a neck injury.

Here is an official statement from Ozzy:

The new dates have yet to be announced. Ticket holders have been advised to wait for further information.

We wish Ozzy a speedy recovery! For more details go to:

https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne/

Ozzy Osbourne official

Trauma – As The World Dies

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 20th August 2018 by izaforestspirit

Trauma
As The World Dies
Released 11th May 2018
Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal
Released via The Orchard

Trauma - As the World Dies
‘As The World Dies’ is the third album from the American thrash metal band Trauma. The band was originally formed by vocalist Donny Hillier in 1980 during the Bay Area Thrash Metal movement. The original line-up featured bassist Cliff Burton who then went on to join Metallica. Following the release of their debut album in 1984, the band went on a long hiatus before reforming again in 2013. The current line-up includes Greg Christian (ex-Testament) and former Danzig guitarist Joe Fraulob.

At first I thought that this was going to be one of those straightforward, classic thrash metal albums with fast, aggressive songs and shouting vocals. It turns out that’s not actually the case, there’s more to it than just that. The unmistakable Bay Area thrash metal sound is definitely present, audible in opening riffs and the drums on tracks such as the guitar-driven From Here to Hell. However, in addition to that there are also some more classic heavy metal elements such as melodic vocals, which reminded me a little of early Iron Maiden and to some extent Ozzy Osbourne. The guitar style and pace varies depending on the song ranging from the fast and furious to the melodic and more technical such as the title track.

Last Rites caught my attention as one of the slower tracks on here and probably the closest thing to a ballad. This time the guitars take a backseat and the song highlights Mr. Hillier’s impressive vocal range. Great vocals and an emotional performance. But, if you’re not a fan of ballads have no fear for there’s more ferocious thrash metal to come.

Overall ‘As World The World Dies’ turned out to be more complex than I originally thought. It’s a good mix of Bay Area thrash metal and classic heavy metal with enough variety to please fans of both genres.

4/5

Iza Raittila


 

Gus G.’s debut solo album out now in Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

I Am The Fire, the debut solo release from guitar wizard Gus G., who is well known throughout the rock and metal world as the driving force behind Firewind and lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, is out now in Europe.

Fans can get the details of each track from the album in the below video.

I Am The Fire is available as digipak CD, LP on black 180gr vinyl as well as digital download. The strictly limited red vinyl and exclusive t-shirt bundle can be found at CM Distro at this location.

The tracklist for I Am The Fire is as follows:

1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén)

The I Am The Fire album sees Gus G. handling guitar, bass and keyboard duties and showcases a long list of highly skilled instrumentalist peers as well as several remarkable vocalists joining Gus to stress the versatile stylistic approach of the 12 featured songs. The roster of friends and guests that help bring Gus G.’s vision to fruition include drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen) as well as Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther). Plus Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (TSO, ex-Journey) as guest vocalists.

I Am The Fire was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther, etc.) and was partly recorded in Los Angeles and partly in Gus’ home country of Greece during the past months. The album showcases a well-balanced and inspiring mixture of precise song writing, driven contemporary active rock songs, a classic Hard Rock vibe, pounding Metal cuts as well as breathtaking instrumentals. The album takes you on a diverse journey and opens the door to Gus G.’s soulful guitar playing.

Gus G. will be touring Europe in May 2014, so check out the dates below:

Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:

1st May – Tampere (Finnland) – Klubi
2nd May – Helsinki (Finnland) – Nosturi
3rd May – Stockholm (Schweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival
5th May – Gothenburg (Schweden) – Trädgårn
6th May – Malmö (Schweden) – KB
9th May – Krakow (Polen) – Lizzard King
10th May – Warsaw (Polen) – Progresja
12th May – München (Deutschland) – Backstage
14th May – Hannover (Deutschlandy) – Musikzentrum * New Show!
15th May – Essen (Deutschland) – Turock
16th May – Zoetermeer (Holland) – De Boerderij
17th May – Hasselt (Belgien) – MuziekoDroom
18th May – Uden (Holland) – De Pul
20th May – Savigny Le Temple (Frankreich) – L’ Impreinte
21st May – London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
22nd May – Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall

Gus G. online:

http://gusgofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialgusg
http://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://youtube.com/firetv

 

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Gus G’s first single I Am The Fire officially released this week

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 25th February 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Guitar maestro Gus G has officially released his first single I Am The Fire which is taken from his upcoming and long overdue first solo album I Am The Fire. Gus G who is known throughout the metal world for his work with Firewind and as a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band is set to release his debut solo album on 17th March in Europe and 18th March in North America via Century Media, whom his band Firewind are currently signed to. Fans can head over to iTunes at this location to pre-order the digital version of Gus G’s debut solo album and receive instant access to the new single.

In related news, the guitar maestro Gus G recently announced the first tour dates in support of the I Am The Fire album release in Europe. Further dates have been added to the Guitar Universe featuring Gus G and Marty Friedman, so check out the updates (Marked *) as follows:

Gus G. + Uli Jon Roth, Jorn Lande & Mats Levén / “Unity 1” Tour:

07.03.2014 Kerkyra (Greece) – Eptatehnon
08.03.2014 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Block 33 / http://www.ticketarena.gr
09.03.2014 Edessa (Greece) – Kanavourgeio
10.03.2014 Larnaca (Cyprus) – Savino Rock Bar
11.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live / http://www.ticketarena.gr
12.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live / www.ticketarena.gr

Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:

01.05.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
02.05.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.05.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival
05.05.2014 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgårn * New show
07.05.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB * New show
09.05.2014 Krakow (Poland) – Lizzard King * New show
10.05.2014 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja * New show
12.05.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
13.05.2014 Colmar (France) – Grillen * New date
15.05.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
16.05.2014 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
17.05.2014 Hasselt (Belgium) – MuziekoDroom * New Show
18.05.2014 Uden (The Netherlands) – De Pul
20.05.2014 Savigny Le Temple (France) – L’ Impreinte
21.05.2014 London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
22.05.2014 Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall

Gus G online:

http://gusgofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialgusg
https://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://youtube.com/firetv

 

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Firewind new live album Apotheosis – Live 2012 out now!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

The Greek power metal gods Firewind, who house pioneering guitar extraordinaire Gus G when he’s not off with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne and playing his songs, have released a new live album to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The live album, entitled Apotheosis – Live 2012 features iconic tracks from throughout Firewind’s extensive musical career and was recorded during their Few Against Many tour at shows in Greece and other countries in Europe. Clocking in at 69 minutes and featuring anthems from throughout their career, it breathes new fire into the band and shows a different side to them than their previous live release from 2008: Live Premonition.

Apotheosis – Live 2012 also features the final performances of Firewind’s vocalist Apollo Papathanasi, who has since left the band. His replacement, Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) will be taking to the stage as a session front man for all of the band’s upcoming 2013 shows.

Firewind have again rekindled their long standing relationship with artist Gustavo Sazes who’s art has graced releases from the likes of Arch Enemy and Dream Evil, for the cover artwork of Apotheosis – Live 2012. It incorporates live photography of the band by Hans-W. Rock and is awesome to behold.

The Track listing for Apotheosis – Live 2012 is as follows:

FirewindApotheosis – Live 2012 (69:07)

1. Head Up High (4:21)
2. Wall Of Sound (4:04)
3. Allegiance (4:35)
4. Few Against Many (5:00)
5. The Departure (0:41)
6. Heading For The Dawn (4:04)
7. Losing My Mind (6:15)
8. World On Fire (4:45)
9. Guitar Solo 2012 (2:17)
10. SKG (5:26)
11. Between Heaven And Hell (5:13)
12. Piano Solo (0:53)
13. Edge Of A Dream (4:24)
14. Mercenary Man (3:47)
15. Glorious (3:41)
16. Maniac (4:32
17. Falling To Pieces (5:02)

The Digital Download version of the release additionally includes the following 2 live-bonustracks:

18. Cold As Ice (4:18)
19. Tyranny (4:05)

Firewind online:

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

 

Firewind stream first song from Apotheosis – Live 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Greece’s premier power metal act Firewind, whom are spearheaded by Ozzy Osbourne’s band member and guitar-wizard Gus G, are set to release a new live album, titled Apotheosis – Live 2012, through Century Media on 24th June in Europe and 24th July in Japan through Marquee Records. The live album celebrates the band’s 10th anniversary.

Few Against Many is the first song to be released from the album and is being streamed via Germany’s Classic Rock Magazine at this location.

Apotheosis – Live 2012 tracklisting is as follows:

1. Head Up High
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Allegiance
4. Few Against Many
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
7. Losing My Mind
8. World On Fire
9. Guitar Solo 2012
10. SKG
11. Between Heaven And Hell
12. Piano Solo
13. Edge Of A Dream
14. Mercenary Man
15. Glorious
16. Maniac
17. Falling To Pieces

Firewind online:

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv