Ozzy Osbourne/Scream


Scream

John MichaelOzzyOsbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer-songwriter, whose career has spanned four decades.

He rose to prominence as lead vocalist of pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and eventually achieved a multi-platinum solo career between the early 1980s and mid 1990s which revolutionized the heavy metal genre.[1] As a result he is known as the “Godfather of Heavy Metal”[2] and because of some of his material, the “Prince of Darkness.” In the early 2000s, his career expanded to a new medium when he became a star in his own reality show, The Osbournes, alongside wife/manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack. In August 2008, Osbourne stated in USA Today that he intends to retire from his music career after two more albums.[3] Osbourne is ranked 8th on Hit Paraders list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of all time.

Scream is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, released on 11 June 2010 in Europe. The album was produced and written with Kevin Churko. This is Osbourne’s first album of original material to not feature lead guitarist Zakk Wylde since his debut on the 1988 album, No Rest for the Wicked. Playing guitar on this album is Firewind guitarist Gus G., and playing drums is former Ted Nugent, Rob Zombie, and Alice Cooper drummer Tommy Clufetos. Scream was originally titled Soul Sucka but Osbourne decided against it after negative feedback from fans.[1] Ozzy has stated that this album reminds him of an “Ozzy/Black Sabbath” album. The first single from the album, titled “Let Me Hear You Scream” debuted on CSI: New York on 14 April,[2] and has since spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Rock Songs, peaking at 7.

To promote the album, an Ozzy Osbourne track pack has been released as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series, containing three Scream songs and three of Ozzy’s greatest hits. “Let Me Hear You Scream”, “Soul Sucker” and “Diggin’ Me Down” were released alongside “I Don’t Wanna Stop“, “Crazy Babies” and “No More Tears” on June 15, 2010.[3]

Other promotions used to advertise the album include the stunt at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim MLB game on 12 June 2010, in which Osbourne encouraged the crowd to scream the word “SCREAM” as loud and as long as possible. The goal was to earn the Guinness World Record for loudest and longest scream from a crowd, and it was met successfully. Although the official decibel level has not been announced, the stadium beat the previous record set by a group of Finnish Boy Scouts, which was 127.2 dBA.[4] The money earned was donated to ThinkCure! to aid cancer research. Osbourne has also premiered on many new commercials, video games, albums, etc. to promote the album.

Ozzy also stashed a little “secret art” on the album artwork; on the booklet and tray insert are sketches of what seem to be the Devil, some type of aliens, and what is believed to be Ozzy himself. The pictures and drawings are only visible when a light is reflected directly off them. [Wikipedia]

Let It Die—-This begins rather nicely, the bass line is fantastic! When the rest of the band joins the fray. it is perhaps the loudest and most aggressive Ozzy has sounded in years. The music stills somewhat to allow for the vocal entrance…Ozzy is who Ozzy is, but this vocal is manipulated and machine sounding until the actual chorus allows his true and familiar vocal to be heard. This is nice…a mix of deep almost industrial sounds set alongside classic Osbourne riffs.

Let Me Hear You Scream—-This is aggressive and spot on from the very onset. this lead off single from the release is all about the classic Ozzy sound…there is no denying who this is from the moment the first word is uttered. This will play really well live…allowing the entire crowd to actually have a piece of the song to shout back at Osbourne. The new guitarist in this band is fresh and electric, adding a new vigor to the old bones. This is great!

Soul Sucker—-Again, bass heavy and delivered with a classic almost Sabbath dirge, the song is layered with all kinds of sounds. The drums are fantastic and the voice of Osbourne never, ever belies his age or numerous infirmities. This is just classic Heavy Metal…with new life thanks to the new guitarists and a strong melody line that will make the kids fall in love all over again. This is top notch….superb!

Life Won’t Wait—-Well, this is interesting…a simple bass line and an acoustic guitar that allows for the addictive Osbournes vocal as he delivers the requisite ballad. This is really great, Ozzy sounds fantastic and the song opens up momentarily to allow for the chorus of the song and then quiets again…lending some nice atmosphere and ambience. The delivery and the lyrics are powerful. This is really great!

Diggin’ Me Down—-Beginning rather sedate, this 6 minute track delivers a nice spanish sounding acoustic guitar that is simply beautiful. The track shows little signs of promise as it slowly swims under the ambience and atmosphere…making you curious as to where all of this is going. You find out at about the one minute mark as the song transforms into a really heavy guitar based delivery that is almost astounding. This is aggressive as hell musically…Ozzy sounds like he should…a bit off beat and out-of-place next to the aggressive guitar chords…none the less, he strives and rises to the occasion. This is astounding…one of the best tracks on this release, hands down!!

Crucify—-With some really great vivid lyrics, Osbourne makes attempts to live up to his Prince Of Darkness moniker by delivering lines that are almost elementary contrasted with some of the stuff that is out there today. This is acceptable, it was made to play live and inspire crowd response and it will succeed in that realm masterfully. This is nice, but a bit contrived for me.

Fearless—-From the onset, this is a remarkable noisy song. The bass line is huge but most of the drums seem buried. The guitars always seem to cease in intensity to allow for the vocal and this is distressing to me. the chorus is a band effort and thus makes it huge and powerful. Ozzy can still rock, but at the expense of his band. I like this, I just wish the intensity level would stay consistent.

Time—-This is another ballad….Ozzy has gotten pretty damn good at this sort of thing during his career and this is perhaps one of the best that he has ever made. There are slight vocal echoes that bolster the sound, the guitar is lazy but for once the drums are present and in your face. The emotional quality of the voice is remarkable…this is without a doubt a favorite.

I Want It More—-Beginning rather sedate, the first 20 seconds of the track is unneccessary. When the razor-sharp crunch of the guitar smacks you in the face you look at the CD to make sure this is still Osbourne…then you hear the voice and you rest easy. This young band that Ozzy has playing with him pushes him to his very limit as he delivers a fast paced vocal that is emotive and quality. This is fantastic!!!

Latimer’s Mercy—-This is remarkably bass heavy and progressive in sound. The music on this entire release is really stellar, quieting and shifting only to accommodate the vocal. Osbourne sounds really fantastic on this track…with the band adding some backdrop vocals that really round out the track. This is magnificent…this is classic yet modern, heavy yet remarkably accessible.

I Love You All—-This one minute track is wonderfully orchestrated and full of atmosphere. As Ozzy bids farewell on this disc, you wonder what this goodbye is all about. Is this it for him…you have to wonder…perhaps he has reached the end of the road. Remarkable.

**** 1/2 out of 5

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