Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “War Pigs” Live (Single) Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 11/10/2017 Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Rating: 5/5
While we are still a little under seven days out to the release of “The End” by the time I get this single review online, the mighty and most legendary Black Sabbath has been enjoying their musical retirement since February of this year. The final show in Birmingham, England where they formed was the last time that they raised the horns together for the Metal Legions. So far, two other singles have been issued with “Paranoid” and “N.I.B.” and since I’ve briefly touched upon them, why not offer up some thoughts on the final single and very impacting Heavy Metal track “War Pigs”. Continue reading “War Pigs” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Basically/N.I.B.” Live (Single) Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 11/2/2017 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating:
I guess it was only a few short weeks ago that I tossed together some thoughts on the “Paranoid” live single that the legendary Black Sabbath delivered as a teaser taste from their upcoming live album “The End”. As you should know by now, the band has closed the book on their storied career and will deliver this to the fans as a parting gift in some fashion. With two weeks or so left before the album’s release, we get the second live single “Bassically”/”N.I.B.” and I am here to speak about it because why not. Here we go. Continue reading “Basically”/”N.I.B.” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Paranoid” Live – Single Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 10/12/1027 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating: 5/5
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, you know full well that the legendary Black Sabbath has called it a career with their “The End” tour that finished its run in their hometown of Birmingham, England back in February. A brand-new live album was recorded to commemorate the gig and while we still have about month to go before it’s release, they have delivered a single by the way of the mega-classic number “Paranoid”. I’ve decided to post some quick thoughts about the tune while we count down the days until the release of the full-length “The End” album. Here we go. Continue reading “Paranoid” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Though they’ve been in retirement since back in February, the mighty Black Sabbath continues to make news and this recent announcement will be appease all of the bands worldwide fans who could not manage to catch them during the final tour. Take a look at the press release below and know that I will return at the close.
The Press Release:
“The End of The End” chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre–BLACK SABBATH. On February, 4 2017, BLACK SABBATH stormed the stage in e U.K. in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of “The End” tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.
The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.
The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits including “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and many more. BLACK SABBATH are also seen in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band’s world: the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.
The band said: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”
“The End of The End” offers viewers the chance to witness BLACK SABBATH‘s swansong. As OZZY says, “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s fucking amazing.” This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.
As everyone prepares for “The Big Game” with Super Bowl LI (which doesn’t mean the game is in Long Island BTW) I am thinking of more important things to my field of interests and a large portion of my mental focus today is the fact that yesterday the mighty Black Sabbath played their last gig ever and has closed their personal book on Heavy Metal history. “The End” is no longer near nor on its way and has instead arrived and passed. Today is the day that founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler sit back and rightfully rest upon their laurels and believe me there are many laurels to be sitting on after such a career. I thank them profusely for the just shy of fifty years that Metal music was delivered under the Black Sabbath banner. Of course, we have plenty of others to thank now as well with the original founders closing this historic tome so let’s raise the horns for them as well. The clip below is from the actual final shows ending moments and the images used are from the final show that happened in New Jersey late last year.
To the INCREDIBLE former members of the Black Sabbath lineup both living and deceased such as Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Nichols, Dave Walker, Craig Gruber, Vinny Appice, Ian Gillan, Bev Bevan, Ron Keel, David Donato, Eric Singer, Dave Spitz, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, Bob Daisley, Tony Martin, Terry Chimes, Jo Burt, Cozy Powell, Laurence Cottie, Neil Murray and Bobby Rondinelli. Some of these folks I never even realized had been members over the years but indeed they have and I thank them for their own offerings to the legendary name. Continue reading “Thank You & Farewell” to Black Sabbath (1968-2017)→