Album of the Week, 12 March 2011, Ozzmosis
Thanks for tuning in this weekend. Hopefully your weekend is a good one so far. If it isn’t, know that heavy metal is always there for you.
The album of the week is “Ozzmosis” by Ozzy Osbourne, released in October 1995.
This album was released when I was in high school (Sorry if that makes you feel older). I was a huge Ozzy fan during my high school days. This is probably one of the best albums that came out that year, and for me, this is the last truly great Ozzy Osbourne album. I thought Black Rain was okay, but nothing beats this album for me. This is a really good album from beginning to end. It’s not perfect, but it is pretty close.
This album was released when heavy metal music was still being played on daytime radio. “Perry Mason” and “I Just Want You” were regularly on the radio. I miss those days. Usually you won’t hear any great metal (for the most part) until around 1 in the morning on a Wednesday. It’s disappointing to say the least. But I digress.
I recently read that this album was re-released in 2002 with extra tracks, but I have not heard them. The ten tracks on the original album are enough for me. You won’t usually find double bass blast beats on an Ozzy Osbourne album, but this is a good example of heavy rock music. There is a lot of solid grunt on this album, and Ozzy used a varied vocal style, which gave the album some depth. Zakk Wylde, to me, is the hero of this album, and his guitar playing on this album is outstanding. Geezer Butler played bass for this album, how awesome is that?
I will always respect Ozzy Osbourne. I was a little peeved that he did his own pseudo-scripted reality show with his family, but I admire the fact that he is still around making albums, even though I may not like them. You have to admire the fact that he is still around period.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.