Deadland Ritual Announces First Show In The United States

Deadland Ritual, featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars On Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), will make their US debut on May 28th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets can be purchased from the Troubadour itself or TicketFly.

The band also announced a string of European shows, including festivals, which are as follows:

Deadland Ritual recently announced the following string of European dates in June.

June 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 5 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
June 6 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
June 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 14-16 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
June 17 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 18 – Paris, France – Trianon
June 19 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 21-22 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Festival
June 21-23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival

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Deadland Ritual Announces First Show In The United States

Deadland Ritual, featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars On Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), will make their US debut on May 28th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets can be purchased from the Troubadour itself or TicketFly.

The band also announced a string of European shows, including festivals, which are as follows:

Deadland Ritual recently announced the following string of European dates in June.

June 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 5 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
June 6 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
June 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 14-16 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
June 17 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 18 – Paris, France – Trianon
June 19 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 21-22 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Festival
June 21-23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival

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Black Sabbath Announces “Final” Farewell Tour

After regrouping to release the “13” album back in 2013 (reviewed here), Black Sabbath is now claiming its the end of the road for the band following a “final” farewell tour in 2016. Black Sabbath just issued this announcement via Facebook:

“It’s the Beginning of THE END. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.

“In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

“Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.

“Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history.”

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Black Sabbath Reveals New Album Title, “13.” Album Expected In June

British heavy metal icons Black Sabbath has announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album, the first to feature frontman Ozzy Osbourne in thirty five years, will be entitled, “13.” They also revealed that the record is expected to be released this June through Vertigo, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. The album features three of the four original members (Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler,) with founding drummer, Bill Ward’s place being taken on the album by Rage Against The Machine/former Audioslave drummer, Brad Wilk, who performed as a session musician. The band will be heading to Japan, Australia and New Zealand this Spring to promote, “13,” with the following appearances scheduled:

April 20 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
April 25 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
April 27 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
April 29 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
May 1 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
May 4 – Perth Arena – Perth, Australia
May 12 – Makuhari Messe – Tokyo, Japan

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Black Sabbath Recording New Album

Metal Injection is reporting that Black Sabbath is currently in the studio recording vocals with Rick Rubin.

According to the news story, the band has 15 songs written and 12 are projected to be included on the new album. Further details on the upcoming songs will be announced as they are made available.

The album will presumably not feature Bill Ward, who has publically been in dispute with Black Sabbath (including having his photos removed from the band’s website) as the will they/won’t they of the band’s reunion unfolded earlier this year, even prompting Geezer Butler to issue a statement on the inter-band drama.

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Black Sabbath Responds To Bill Ward Statement; Reunion To Proceed Without Him

It appears the Facebook snubbing between Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward continues. Black Sabbath has decided to proceed with the album and tour without the drummer with the following response to Bill Ward’s recent post:

“We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans…we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open… We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll… See you at Download!!!

– Tony, Ozzy and Geezer”

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Geezer Butler Confirms Tony Iommi Has Written Two New Songs For New Black Sabbath Release

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler issued a studio update on the progress of the much anticipated new Black Sabbath album, the first album with the original lineup in 33 years. Earlier this month, Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

Butler posted an update on his official web site, which reads:

“Today [January 19th] we got the engines back up and running at Tony’s home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump — it’s great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C. Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can’t wait for you all to hear our workings; it has been great working on this stuff.

“I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band — it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world.

“SABB fans are good people. Time and again, you have proven your faith in us and boosted our endeavour.

“Thanks, love, peace.”

The new Black Sabbath album is expected in this fall of 2012.

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Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Early Stages Of Lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood that develops in the lymphatic system. Black Sabbath made the following post on its official Facebook Page:

“With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

This comes as Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)–are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

More news on Iommi’s condition is expected shortly.

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Judas Priest Streaming Entire "The Chosen Few" Compilation CD

U.K. metal masters Judas Priest are streaming the entire new compilation “The Chosen Few” at
this location. The album is out today through Sony Records.

The release is a compilation of classic Priest songs chosen by other big name musicians. The complete track listing is as follows:

1. Diamonds And Rust (chosen by Joe Elliott)
2. Dissident Aggressor (chosen by Steve Vai and Geoff Tate)
3. Exciter (chosen by Accept)
4. Beyond The Realms Of Death (chosen by Lars Ulrich)
5. Delivering The Goods (chosen by Kerry King)
6. The Green Manalishi (chosen by David Coverdale and Randy Blythe)
7. The Ripper (chosen by Ozzy Osbourne)
8. Victim Of Changes (chosen by James Hetfield)
9. Breaking The Law (chosen by Lemmy)
10. Rapid Fire (chosen by Vinnie Paul)
11. Grinder (chosen by Zakk Wylde)
12. Living After Midnight (chosen by Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (chosen by Slash)
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (chosen by Klaus Meine & Corey Taylor)
15. The Sentinel (chosen by Chris Jericho)
16. Turbo Lover (chosen by Jonathan Davis)
17. Painkiller (chosen by Joe Satriani)

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Judas Priest To Release Special Compilation Album, "The Chosen Few"

British heavy metal titans Judas Priest has announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album on October 11th through Legacy/Sony, entitled, “The Chosen Few.” What seperates this record apart from other compilation albums is that all the songs were chosen by some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead frontman, Lemmy and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield amongst others.

“This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers,” Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. “So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends.”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2. Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3. Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4. Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5. Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
7. The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8. Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9. Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10. Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah)
11. Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12. Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver)
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15. The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
16. Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17. Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

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