They’ll Tell You Black is Really White… The Moon Is Just The Sun At Night

We all know how much I am completely IN LOVE with Ronnie James Dio. His vocal capabilites are completely effortless and charming. So… in homage… here’s to my little friend!

Black Sabbath is one of those bands, that will “Never Say Die” and never “Die Young”. Super timeless and relevant for ages.

Sabbath can most definitely be grandfathered in as the corner stone to heavy metal, doom metal. Dawning since the extinction of dinosaurs, Black Sabbath has been ruling every ones life since 1970. Originally piloted by singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and of course the 25 (but really 7 1/2 fingers) finger wonder… Tony Iommi RULING lead strings!! Now before I give you my pick of the litter for this day, let me just brief you on Sabbath before Ronnie James Dio took Ozzy’s mic!

When Sabbath first originated, they brought this doomy sound to the studio and stage that had been lingering on the way side for years, just weening to be set free and set this forever irreplaceable sound to heavy metal as we know it. Releasing eight full length LP before the year 1980 (Black Sabbath-1970, Paranoid late 1970, Master of Reality-1971, Black Sabbath Volume 4-1972, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath-1973, Sabotage-1975, Technical Ecstasy-1976 and Never Say Die-1978). As we all can see from his behavior now, Ozzy Osbourne had always had a struggle with his battle for substance abuse, which would forever haunt his career in Sabbath, his solo career and even his family life. Sadly most of his songs if you tune in closely are truly about his own personal struggles and vendetta’s in his downward spiraling lifestyle.

Mid 1979, after countless times of bad, toxic, maligant blood being spilt upon the round table of these heavy metal Lords, Ozzy’s addictions and lack of desire to come up with new ideas had become the entire bands issue and was pushing everyone apart. Ozzy was then asked to leave so that he could seek the help that he needed and Sabbath could try and rebuild this already shaky foundation.

Unfortunately, most people think I have this vendetta against Ozzy. I DON’T, I truly believe he was ahead of his time vocally, I just think his flamed fizzled down merely because of his own issues and now-a-days… He is really nothing more then a hack trying to make up for last time.

In any case, later 1979 the guys were introduced to Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio to replace Ozzy position as front man. A familiar man to them, it was an honor to say the least for these handsome heavy metal heroes. Recording their first LP with Dio and releasing it in 1980 (on WB records), “Heaven and Hell“(Black Sabbath’s 9th release) would reface and reinstate the face of Black Sabbath, creating something that Ozzy just couldn’t bring back. Dio went on to record three more records(Mob Rules in 1981, Live Evil in 1982 and finally inbetween his solo career he came back again to release Dehumanizer in 1992)  with Sabbath before he finally left to pursue his solo career full time.

Dio has now found his way back to Sabbath, touring in 2007 and in 2008 (both were super fantastic shows) and still sounds just as powerful as ever. Under the circumstances that Sharon Osbourne owns the rights to Black Sabbath… they now tour as (fitting) “Heaven and Hell“, but they are still the same old heavy metal gods, same old great heavy sound.

Neon Knights
Heaven And Hell
Die Young


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