Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1977 and then pursued a successful solo career. Many people call Ozzy the god of metal because of his influential songs like “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley” which made him a household name. Many would have thought Ozzy’s leave of absence from Sabbath would affect the group, but it didn't. After he left the band the lead songwriter Tony Lommi picked up another angel of metal to continue his group. This was Ronnie James Dio of Rainbow fame who picked up where Ozzy left off. Starting in 1980 with Heaven and Hell, the group came back into popular culture, again, for almost 20 years until Dio unexpectedly passed away last year. Even though his legacy lives on, the group is getting back together with its original lineup for a new album.

Black Sabbath originally consisted of guitarist and songwriter Tony Lommi, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, bassist and synth player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. The British metal outfit began their legacy in 1969 with their debut self-titled album. After that record garnered some critical acclaim, it was Paranoid that brought this seemingly bizarre group of British musicians to fame and fortune. After years of success though, what is really left for this group to explore with a new album? Surely it’ll be exciting to see what is possible for the famed original lineup to come up with now, because with famous hits like “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and “Into the Void” they’ve proven to be worthy of acclaim. Yet, will their unique sound stay the same, or will they change it to suite modern audiences? Time will tell…

Lommi recently did an interview with the Birmingham Mail where he stated that a new album was in the works and that it should be completed by 2012. The guitarist said, “We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good. It’s more back to the old original stuff.” Osbourne and his fellow band mates have been talking about a tour but are not necessarily sure whether or not they would want too.

A tour might not be certain, but if they ever did go back on on the road fans would surely show up in droves to watch them perform. The band will surely rock it out live also, but whether or not Ozzy’s burnt out persona, which got him fired in the first place, will keep him from being the front man he used to be is up for question. If he is going to at least attempt to keep himself from drooling like a fool then count me on board. Hopefully his enthusiam, like the kind he had for their short lived 1998 reunion tour, will transcend onto the new album.

Black Sabbath “Iron Man”

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