2004-08-01 16:37:50 UTC
With the Sabs once again reuniting for ozzfest 2004, and the Box Set
being so great, it's a Sabbath year.
Where I'm at, historically:
Sabotage: Best Album
Ozmosis: Best Solo Album
I was listening to "Reunion" and got the goosebumps, listening to Ozzy
effortlessly hit high notes on songs he'd crack on in the 70's. It
occured to me that there is some definately chicanery going on with
this disk. I'm sorry, but there's no way Ozzy pulled that off. Not
in '98, that's for sure.
Yeah, Ozmosis came out around the same time, and Ozzy was in great
shape, but one expects trickery on studio albums. I digress, I don't
want this to turn into Ozzy bashing.
OF2004: Same tired old set list. Why? Because they can't get it
together for new material. So far, a vaporous new album would consist
of the following: Selling My Soul, Psycho Man and Scary Dreams.
Still, this seems to be the time for new material. Other aging acts
like Heart and Blondie have recently released new albums which are not
only good, but actually manage to recapture their original sound with
great success. The muse has returned, and Sabbath could possibly
Yet, why is it that new material is never very memorable no matter how
good it might be? How is it that we, as fans, hit a glass ceiling and
cut-off the enjoyment of our favorite artists? I have a theory that
it's a digital thing. Digital recording, with digital mikes and
digital amps and digital effects and digital soundboards just sounds
flat and lifeless. Also, things are more compressed these days, and
really take the "Air" out of music. It might be good, but it's just
rough on the ears is all.
Typically, a new studio release from a long-gone band only has one or
two tracks that really strike the right chord. So, they tour, they
play the one good song, and revert to the same tired material and
everyone feels kind of ripped-off, especially since they "Can't do the
old stuff anymore" due to singer's aging voice.
Back to Sabbath: Ozzy is old. It is arguable to say he's got five
years left, maximum. The Live at Budokot DVD is awful, everything
seems to be sung at a full step lower (or more) he might as well just
be talking through the songs.
Ozzy, stop touring. Cut it out. Take the next five years and do the
Get off the perscription meds
Stop the binge drinking
Work out some more, with the focus on Cardio
Check into any available laser-treatments for the throat, to "tune up"
the singing range. (There are procedures, I'm not making this up.)
Spend 3 solid days with Tony, Geezer and Bill each month creating new
material. Don't try to "Be Sabbath" just write what you feel. Write
about aging, write about your controlling wife, write about real
fucking things. (NOTE: DO NOT CALL LEMMY)
When you've got ten songs done, no matter how good or "Sabbathy" you
feel they are, release an album and DO NOT TOUR.
Keep this routine going until you've got four new albums over four
years. Do not listen to feedback, just put them out.
Year Five: Tour. Not a *fest* just fucking tour with Sabbath and one
opening band. Tour your ass off, 3 dates in each stop.
Retire from touring for good.
Keep putting out Sabbath albums.
Each one of the band finds and sponsors a musician for a "New Sabbath"
with the focal point being on someone who sounds a lot like Ozzy. Let
Tony, Geezer, Bill and Ozzy write material for this band and maybe
even occasionally play with them individually.
Either way, it all comes down to whether or not they can still write
songs. If they force themselves to really come together, I'm sure
they can. Meanwhile, I'm not going to see Ozzfest 2004. I just can't
hear a detuned "Snowblind" one more time.
Final note to Tony Iommi: You are God, of course. However,
something's not right with your rig these days. In trying to sound
"Seventies Metal" you've somehow managed to sound well, kind of muddy,
yet over-produced. I mention my digital theory again here.
Or, they could just get back with Dio and everything is fine.