Black Sabbath Farewell Concert, Metallica Cut Concert Short in Denmark, and Mastodon and Havok Release Tracks from Upcoming Albums
Black Sabbath are preparing to play the last of their two farewell concerts on February 4th in their hometown of Birmingham, England. This show will mark the end of one of the longest and most celebrated careers in the history of rock & roll. There will be some surprises for fans in attendance, but one of them will be bittersweet. Ozzy Osbourne is prepared to give a farewell speech at the show. Here’s what the legendary Prince of Darkness had to say to BBC: “I’ve got to say something but I’ve nothing rehearsed,” Ozzy told BBC. “I’m no good at speeches.”
Ozzy added that he was feeling sentimental about his time in the band.
“I remember playing the Crown pub in Birmingham and thinking, ‘This’ll be good for a couple of years — drink a few beers and have a jam’. But it was the beginning of the most incredible adventure you could think of. I’ve had the best life out of it.
“One of the proudest things I have in my heart is the fact that BLACK SABBATH wasn’t a band that was created by some big mogul. It was four guys who said, ‘Let’s have a dream’, and it came true beyond our wildest expectations.”
Black Sabbath played their final U.S show last year on November 12th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
It was a disappointing night for Metallica at the Royal Arena in Denmark on Friday night (February 3rd), but also one that would make anyone in the Metallica family proud. Metallica frontman James Hetfield became ill during their live set and wanted to call it a night, but left that decision to the fans.
Hetfield told the crowd:“It’s not fair to you guys, man, You paid a lot of good money to come and see your favorite band, and we don’t sound good.
“I’m gonna leave it up to you, man. Would you rather hear us sound better another time? I wanna stop. What do you say?”
The 15,500 fans in attendance expressed their love for James, but were unwilling to let Metallica off the hook. James decided to tough it out for the fans. He replied: “Okay. You asked for it. All right. I’ll keep doing my best, all right? I appreciate you guys so much, man. Thank you for your support.”
Metallica ended up playing sixteen out of the eighteen songs on the setlist. “Halo On Fire” and “Sad But True” were dropped at the last minute due to James falling ill.
Metallica are still scheduled to play three more shows at the Royal Arena in Denmark on February 5th, 7th and 9th before playing the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12th.
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Here’s a clip from the show where James addresses the crowd.
Mastodon are set to release their new album! The prog-metal masters have released another track from their new album ‘Emperor Of Sand’ which will be unleashed on March 31st. This latest track “Show Yourself” has a completely different sound compared to the previously released track “Sultan’s Curse”. “Show Yourself” is a song that is brief, straight to the point and very catchy, while “Sultan’s Curse” is more in line with the classic, heavy Mastodon sound.
‘Emperor Of Sand’ is a concept album. Drummer Brann Dailor explains: “It’s about going through cancer, going through chemotherapy and all the things associated with that,” drummer / vocalist Brann Dailor tells Rolling Stone. “I didn’t want to be literal about it. But it’s all in there. You can read between the lines … At the end of the story, the person simultaneously dies and is saved.”
The subject matter of the album was inspired in part by bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders’ wife being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Here’s what Troy had to say: “We’re reflecting on mortality, to that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It’s 17 years in the making, but it’s also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.”
Check out “Sultan’s Curse” and “Show Yourself” right here
Popular Thrash metal outfit Havok have released the track ‘Ingsoc’ from their upcoming album ‘Conformicide’. Their much anticipated new album is due out next month. Guitarist Reece Scruggs had this to say about the new track: “This is one of my favorite tracks on the record, and a bit left field compared to most HAVOK tracks. Full of slamming riffs and burning lines; it’s still 100% us but a bit progressive. I fully believe this song displays the best in each of us and comes together to be a ripper!”
Here’s what vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez had to say about the thought process and inspiration for the new album: ‘1984′ takes place in a socialist hell wherein there is perpetual war, government-sanctioned propaganda, massive gaps between the rich and poor, and Big Brother spies on every citizen. It appears that Orwell was not just a novelist, but a prophet; as ‘Ingsoc’ has become all too real. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
listen to Havok’s new song “Ingsoc” right here.
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