Concert Memories: BLACK SABBATH, OZZY OSBOURNE, PANTERA, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MARILYN MANSON @ Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, June 29, 1997, San Bernardino, California

Ozzfest 1997Back when I was a senior in high school, a friend called me up and was yelling at the top of his lungs about an “Ozzfest.”  When he told me about the dream line up, I was beyond excited.  Who on this earth wouldn’t have wanted to see OZZY, DANZIG, SLAYER, SEPULTURA, and FEAR FACTORY in 1996?  Unfortunately, my friend didn’t care enough to actually go with me to the show and I was the only person in my school that cared enough to go.  Thus, I missed the show.

So 1997 rolls around and I’m a freshman in college and working as a school teacher during the summer.  Most importantly, I had my own damn car.  When the announcement for the second Ozzfest came out, I was beyond excited.  To be able to see the reunited original line up of BLACK SABBATH meant everything to me.  SABBATH were my favorite band at the time (and still are).  Those first six albums changed my life.  Not even Technical Ecstacy or Never Say Die hurt my feelings as much as Load but that probably has more to do with the fact that I was born in ’78 and not ’68.  I still have those first SABBATH albums on cassette tape.

Unlike 1996, I wasn’t going to be deterred by the fact that I did not know a single soul who wanted to go.  Armed with a Thomas Guide map, I set out in my car on the furthest drive of my 19 year old life.  After the over two hour drive, I arrived at the venue, which is out in the middle of shitsville (AKA San Bernardino County, California).  Lots of dirt, rocks, scorching heat, and rednecks.  As I pulled up to entrance of the venue, there were the obligatory Christian groups protesting the show with a focus on Ozzy.  They were holding up signs about damnation and devil worship…completely harmless stuff.

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The End Records Sign DANZIG; New Album Due in June 2010

The charismatic and complex singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig is set to unleash his first new DANZIG studio album in six years. Deth Red Sabaoth, produced by Glenn and recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009, will be released on June 22, 2010 (Evilive/The End Records).

The 11-track collection, penned by Danzig, is laced with Glenn’s lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including “Black Candy,” “The Revengeful,” and the first single, “On A Wicked Night,” emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig‘s colossal discography. Part 1 of the exquisite two-part “Pyre of Souls” opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn‘s plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.

“I think that fans will really dig this new album,” said Glenn. “I’ve been told several times that the album has a cool vitality to it, it sounds energized, and I got that feeling when I was recording it. I wanted it to have an organic sound, bigger and thicker, so I went out and bought some 1970′s Kustom tuck ‘n roll bass amps to play some of the guitar parts through. You’ll hear real reverb, real tremolo on this album, which sounds completely different than the stuff that’s done with computer chips.”

Joining Glenn in the studio for the recording of Deth Red Sabaoth were guitarist Tommy Victor (PRONG, MINISTRY), and drummer Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEVENTH VOID). While Kelly has toured with Glenn intermittently since 2002, this is the first time he has recorded with the band. Glenn handled the bass chores for most of the album, and played drums on “Black Candy.”

As is with all of DANZIG‘s releases, the CD cover artwork for Deth Red Sabaoth is provocative and ominous. The cover is an original piece created specifically for the CD by the award-winning artist Joe Chiodo whose work has graced not only Danzig‘s Verotik publishing line, but the covers of numerous graphic novels and comic books, including “X-Men Unlimited.”

DANZIG plan to tour extensively to support Deth Red Sabaoth; dates will be announced shortly.

LORDI Set October 28th for Release of New Album

Finnish rock band, LORDI, have set October 28th for the release of their forthcoming new album via The End Records.  The as-yet-untitled follow-up to The Arockalypse will showcase the band’s trademark melodic hard rock sound.

LORDI spent 2007 on the mainstage of Ozzfest and then opened up for TYPE O NEGATIVE.  The mega-successful The Arockalypse has sold 350,000 units to date and was certified gold in Sweden and Germany–not to mention attaining triple platinum status in Finland.

LORDI to Support TYPE O NEGATIVE on Fall Tour

Finland’s monster rock n’ roll band LORDI, who triumphantly rocked this year’s Ozzfest 2007 across North America, are returning this October as direct support for TYPE O NEGATIVE.

The tour kicks off October 12 in New Haven, Connecticut. The dates are as follows:

10/12/07 Fri @ Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
10/13/07 Sat @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/14/07 Sun @ Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
10/16/07 Tue @ Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
10/17/07 Wed @ Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/19/07 Fri @ Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
10/20/07 Sat @ The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
10/21/07 Sun @ The Vic – Chicago, IL
10/23/07 Tue @ Blue Cats – Knoxville, TN
10/24/07 Wed @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/25/07 Thu @ The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
10/26/07 Fri @ Headliner’s – Louisville, KY
10/27/07 Sat @ Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/29/07 Mon @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/30/07 Tue @ The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/31/07 Wed @ Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

The band released its album, The Arockalypse, in North America on March 20, 2007 via The End Records.

TYPE O NEGATIVE – Dead Again

It’s been awhile since we last heard from the Brooklyn collective known as TYPE O NEGATIVE, but with Dead Again, the band’s first album in four years, “The Drab Four” are back with ten tales of woe, self-loathing and strife. Delivered with tongue planted firmly in cavity infested cheek, the band has taken a much more uptempo approach this time around with the title track, “Halloween in Heaven” and “Some Stupid Tomorrow” all exhibiting almost punk-like tendencies laced with sections of SABBATH-inspired sludge. As a whole, Dead Again also offers up the band’s most varied work to date. The appropriately-titled “Profit of Doom” and “These Three Things” each offer plenty of doom and gloom, easily passing the eleven minute mark on both with dense layers of dirge-driven riffage. “She Burned Me Down” on the other hand, offers catchy hook-laden melodies while an “Ode to Locksmiths” could have easily been titled an “Ode to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” as the bluesy, groove-infested jam almost serves as an homage to the metal classic. BEATLES thievery rears its ugly head however with the gushy, bland, and sluggish “September Sun,” but that’s a minor complaint as Dead Again is perhaps TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s most consistent and cohesive work to date. Successfully combining doom, psychedelia, ethereal goth, punk, pop, and metal in to one seamless blend you can call your own is no small feat, but it’s something the band has been doing for well over a decade and better than anyone else. So before you die, get Dead Again. (SPV Records)

TYPE O NEGATIVE to Head Out on Tour in Support of Dead Again

TYPE O NEGATIVE will head out on tour later this month in support of their new album, Dead Again, with BRAND NEW SIN as support and CELTIC FROST as direct support on select dates.

Tour dates:
w/BRAND NEW SIN:
Wed 3/28 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
Thu 3/29 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Fri 3/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Sat 3/31 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Mon 4/2 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Tue 4/3 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Thu 4/5 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
Fri 4/6 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sat 4/7 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s

w/CELTIC FROST and BRAND NEW SIN:
Mon 4/9 Chicago, IL – Metro
Tues 4/10 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Wed 4/11 Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club
Fri 4/13 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
Sat 4/14 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
Sun 4/15 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Wed 4/18 San Francisco, CA – Slims
Thurs 4/19 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Fri 4/20 Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
Sat 4/21 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre
Sun 4/22 Anaheim, CA- House Of Blues
Mon 4/23 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Wed 4/25 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Thurs 4/26 Corpus Christi, TX – The Pavilion at Concrete Street
Fri 4/27 Houston, TX – Meridian
Sat 4/28 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Mon 4/30 Orlando, FL- Hard Rock Cafe
Tues 5/1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Wed 5/2 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
Fri 5/4 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sat 5/5 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Sun 5/6 Baltimore, MD -Sonar
Tues 5/8 New York, NY – Irving Plaza