Zakk Wylde: Dio-Era Black Sabbath Is “Not Black Sabbath”

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Metalhammer
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Ozzy and Dio: both Sabbath legends?

Zakk Wylde has suggested that the Ronnie James Dio era of Black Sabbath should have been called Heaven And Hell from the beginning.

“Without a doubt, even when I play with Black Label, when we have different guys I play with, everyone always brings their own magic, their own flavour to the soup, hands down,” the Black Label Society mainman and former Ozzy guitarist tells Songfacts. “You listen to Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio in it, and it’s not Black Sabbath. They should have just called it Heaven And Hell right from the beginning. Because you listen to that [1980 Sabbath classic] Heaven and Hell album, that doesn’t sound anything close to Black Sabbath.

“I mean, that sounds about as much like Black Sabbath as [Ozzy solo debut] Blizzard Of Ozz sounds like Sabbath. If you were to play Black Sabbath for me — and I’m a huge Sabbath freako — and then with Father Dio over there, I’d be going, ‘Oh, cool, what band is this? This is good stuff.’ I mean, the songs don’t even sound Black Sabbath-y. I mean, Neon Knights, could you picture Ozzy singing over that song?!”

Meanwhile, BLS have revealed the details of their new studio album. Catacombs Of The Black Vatican is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010′s Order Of The Black and arrives on April 7 via Mascot Label Group. Find out more about the opus in our huge new issue, out now and starring our Zakk as a Wookiee!

from Metal Hammer
via Merlin


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