Black Sabbath, The Tony Martin Era.

It is a chapter of heavy metal that is misunderstood musically. It started in the mid 1980’s when Tony Iommi was still working to continue his platform for his masterful riff compositions. Vocalist Tony Martin joined the Sabbath camp during the process for recording The Eternal Idol. Ray Gillen had already recorded vocal tracks and […]

Black Sabbath – 50 Years Later

A rolling thunderstorm, bells ringing. Then, one of the most recognizable riffs in heavy music slams through the speakers. “What is this that stands before me?” Ozzy Osbourne’s wailing lyrical questioning of what he just saw. The lyrics to the title track reflecting on an experience shared by bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler. Black Sabbath’s first […]

In Memory – Geoff Nicholls

Geoff Nicholls was known mainly as the longtime keyboardist for Black Sabbath. Onstage, backstage or off to the side stage, his textural playing remains an important historical part of heavy metal’s most influential band. Nicholls’ performances were initially noteworthy for enhancing Sabbath’s revitalized return in 1980 when the first of the Ronnie James Dio Era records were […]

Recovery Room of Writing

The seemingly down moments in this business can be turned into the most sobering and uplifting. Last night I started to picture what a recovery room would look like, full of some of the people whose work I respect and admire. Further, I picture how each of these great talents might have gotten through a few […]

Black Sabbath – Back To Earth

Upon what is normally a sombre day of reflection dedicated to those who have put themselves in the lines of fire and for freedom, a happy piece of news for the heavy metal community. After much speculation and news that new music was being written, the original Earth / Black Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony […]