It’s been a few years since we’ve enjoyed what Faith No More brings to the live stage and one can only hope that this news alert will lead to some stateside gigs. Check it out down below and know that I will return at the close.
The Press Release:
Faith No More return to the road next Summer, announcing what will be the band’s first European performances in five years: Hellfest (June 20), Sunstroke (June 13) and Tons of Rock (June 26), with more European festival performances to be announced soon.
“Five years, four colonoscopies, two root canals and a handful of prostate exams tell us that it’s time to carpe diem our asses back to Europe asap,” said the band, collectively.
Artist: Faith No More Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY) Opener: Les Butcherettes Date: 5/14/2015 Label: Ipecac Records
Before getting into this report I wanted to cite some recollections that I had about the band Faith No More in my own musically interested life. The first and probably most important recollection is that the very first time that I heard them was on one of those local radio programs that used to be a lot more prevalent back in the day. There was a show on the WNYE airwaves that was stationed down in Brooklyn Heights near where I was going to college and on the program “Metal In Your Face”, the show host “Rebel” used to play all kinds of awesome stuff that was often ahead of the conventional Heavy Rock and Metal listener’s normal channels. It was there that I got my first copy of “The Real Thing” based on a friendship I had built with the host and this was on cassette since CD’s were not really often stuff that was given away. These were also the days when vinyl still ruled the roost. I played this cassette to death and when the band announced a show at the once legendary L’Amour club I knew I had to get myself in there. I remember that a friend and I had just enough money for the ticket and car service or the ticket and some beers. We would opt for the ticket and a case of beers and a lengthy walk to the club. Needless to say we arrived feeling no pain but recalling a very excellent performance by a still new to our side of the ocean Faith No More whose album was still rather new as well. Good times. Continue reading Faith No More @ Webster Hall (5/14/2015)→
Artist: Ozzy Osbourne Title: “Blizzard Of Ozz” (blasphemy edition) Label: Epic Records Release Date: 4/2/2002 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 1/5
Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” was originally released in 1981 in the USA and I remember the day that I got my hands on the original vinyl because it was such an incredible release and an album that would show that the singer’s best years were NOT behind him as many had thought. When this finally came out on CD I snared a copy and really enjoyed back in 1995 when a better quality edition came out as a “22 Bit Remaster” with a comprehensive booklet. The downside was that there was no bonus content but such things were not as commonplace as they are now and with this being the case I had to wonder as the new decade began where was the true remastered edition with bonus material, expanded notes and the whole nine? Then in 2002 this happened….. Continue reading “Blizzard Of Ozz” (Blasphemy Edition) by Ozzy Osbourne→
Artist: Ozzy Osbourne Title: “Diary Of A Madman” (Blasphemy Edition) Label: Epic Records Release Date: 4/2/2002 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 1/5
I mentioned in my overview for the “remaster” of Ozzy Osbourne’s classic “Blizzard Of Ozz” how based on litigation with Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake that the management of the Osbourne side had delivered the remaster of the classic recording with the bass and drums done by Rob Trujillo and Mike Bordin in their place. Unfathomable right? Well it happened and since these two musicians were also on the sophomore album of “Diary Of A Madman” the same process was done to this release. Why not hit the Metal fans with an additional dose of horrendous lightning. The end result takes an otherwise exciting piece of music and makes a mockery of it all by doing this and the reason for my review being amped up with vitriol and venom is purely to let the world know that this is not okay to do no matter what the rationale is. Ozzy would have been better served at re-recording the whole piece as a new release with his band at the time but such things were not done as often as they were today. Continue reading “Diary Of A Madman” (Blasphemy Edition) by Ozzy Osbourne→
Artist: Ozzy Osbourne Title: “Black Rain” Label: Epic Records Release Date: 5/22/2007 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating: 2/5
“Blizzard Of Ozz”, “Diary Of A Madman” and in some cases “Bark At The Moon” are all long regarded as masterpieces from the productive solo career of the legendary Ozzy Osbourne so when the singer announced he would be releasing his first studio album in six years the Metal community was a buzz with excitement. The return to the studio would find him releasing “Black Rain”, an album that that the singer announced was comparable to the work on “No More Tears” in terms of quality but as I listened to the album I found that this was very far from being the case. From beginning to end the new Ozzy album is pretty much a dud with absolutely little in the way of exciting material or songs that stick in one’s memory past the initial listen. I admit that it was disappointing for me to get this perception about the album from the man who gave us “Over The Mountain” and “Crazy Train” but I am sure you will find the same when you hear the overall flatness of songs like “I Don’t Wanna Stop” or “The Almighty Dollar”. For the most part Ozzy is telling us how much he loves doing what he does and how he is “Not Going Away” because he is still crazy and nothing we can do will change what he will say. While the track starts off with a chugging groove that might make for a better Black Label Society tune, the lyrical content of the tune is just simple sing song drivel.
During “I Don’t Wanna Stop” it’s almost like he is trying to create to have the tune be the one that the audience will sing along with but it’s so unexciting except for Zakk’s lead break that I hardly see it happening. Ozzy shows his emotionally supportive side during “Lay Your World On Me” where he informs the audience that he is there for their pain, their anger and to be the rock that they need in life. Now, I am really having problems coming up with a response for that one since it just raised the cheese factor of the release up a few notches. “I’m Here For You” comes up a few tracks later and its the one where you need to use your lighter or cell phone during the show and brighten up the crowd as you hold hands with the one you love or perhaps its level of sappiness would find you using the cell phone to find out where friends are gathered so you could get away from the tune as quickly as possible. You see I am not against the Ozzman delivering a ballad but this stuff just seems too contrived for my liking. I did enjoy the title track more than most of the others and should you be one of those who love to read the lyrics as you listen, well you get them in the enclosed booklet but as I said they are not that spectacular and rather mundane when it comes down to it.
The band for the release is of course Zakk Wylde on guitar, while Mike Bordin plays drums and Blasko the bass. They sound solid and locked into one another but outside of songs like “11 Silver” and “Trap Door” there is very little that we are offered that allows them to kick the level of ass that they are quite capable of. I want to think of this album as an experiment that failed for the singer because its either that or he is no longer able to give us tunes that will withstand the tests of time in Metal’s history book. I honestly don’t know how he compared this to “No More Tears” as that release had some good numbers on it and is still an album that I listen to today – I can’t see this happening with “Black Rain” and fear it will become one of the forgotten CD’s in my collection. It’s not even a release that you would want to give to a new Metal fan as it could possibly sour the whole genre for them. Given the fact that Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are still able to release strong material that is exciting in concert I am hoping that Ozzy will be able to get back on track himself. If he doesn’t then it will not matter that he is never going away and here for us because the audience will have moved on by then most assuredly.
Editor’s Note: A re-release of this CD was issued six months after its debut and this one includes a bonus CD that features live versions of some of the albums tracks (oh joy) and a couple of unreleased numbers. I did not have a copy of that one to review but perhaps if you choose to adventure into “Black Rain” territory it would be better to buy the one with the extra tunes.
1. Not Going Away
2. I Don’t Wanna Stop
3. Black Rain
4. Lay Your World On Me
5. The Almighty Dollar
6. 11 Silver
7. Civilize The Universe
8. Here For You
9. Countdown’s Begun
10. Trap Door