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TONY IOMMI Says It Was 'Wrong' For GEOFF NICHOLLS's Estate To Release DIO-Era BLACK SABBATH Song 'Slapback'

Tony Iommi says that it was "wrong" for the Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH song titled "Slapback" to be released without the band's knowledge. Gary Rees, the stepson and executor of the estate of SABBATH's longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, uploaded the track to YouTube in early March, writing in an accompanying message that he had ...

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Original BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD Is Working On Autobiography

Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has confirmed that he is working on an autobiography. The 72-year-old rocker revealed his plan to tell his life story in book form during a March 12 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk". Regarding what fans can expect from his autobiography, Ward said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): ...

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ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE Breaks Down 'Gung-Ho' Song For MODERN DRUMMER Magazine (Video)

In the nine-minute video below, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante breaks down the song "Gung-Ho" from the band's classic second studio album, 1985's "Spreading The Disease". The clip was originally produced for Modern Drummer magazine. Produced by ANTHRAX with Carl Canedy, the 44-minute "Spreading The Disease" marked the first ANTHRAX album to feature singer Joey Belladonna ...

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GEEZER BUTLER: 'DEADLAND RITUAL Is Dead'

Geezer Butler has confirmed to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" that DEADLAND RITUAL, the band he started a few years ago with guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA) likely won't get resurrected once life resumes post-pandemic. "DEADLAND RITUAL's dead," he ...

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GEEZER BUTLER Confirms 'Slapback' Is Unreleased BLACK SABBATH Song: It 'Didn't Make The Grade'

Geezer Butler has confirmed that he is featured on a previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH song titled "Slapback" which was uploaded to YouTube several days ago. Gary Rees, the stepson and executor of the estate of SABBATH's longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, shared the track last Friday (March 5), writing in an accompanying message ...

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GEEZER BUTLER Says He Was Using 'Devil Horns' Hand Gesture Years Before RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'I Showed It To Him And He Made It Famous'

**UPDATE** After BLABBERMOUTH.NET published this article earlier today, Geezer Butler took to his Twitter to clarify that he did not say invented the "devil horns" hand sign. "I always used it in the song 'Black Sabbath'," he wrote. "I merely shared an onstage moment between Ronnie [James Dio] and me. Ronnie made it famous, and ...

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The Mob Rules (2021 Deluxe Edition) - BLACK SABBATH

Ronnie James Dio's introduction into the BLACK SABBATH fold provided a much-needed infusion of fire on 1980's "Heaven and Hell". The group was re-energized, and that record's reception and subsequent touring cycle revived the vaunted icons as a heavy metal force. The group did not manage to avoid internal drama however, as drummer Bill Ward ...

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Heaven And Hell (2021 Deluxe Edition) - BLACK SABBATH

BLACK SABBATH's Ozzy Osbourne-era undoubtedly changed rock music and expedited the rise of heavy metal with the landmark work they released in the early '70s. That lineup however had been running on empty with their last two albums. 1976's "Technical Ecstasy" and 1978's "Never Say Die" were solid rock albums with a few catchy songs ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Listen To 'Lady Evil' And 'Die Young' From 'Heaven And Hell' And 'Mob Rules' Deluxe Editions

Singer Ronnie James Dio joined BLACK SABBATH in 1979 which resulted in two back-to-back classic albums: "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". On those memorable albums, Dio's soaring tenor and gothic songwriting were the perfect foil for the band's bone-crushing mix of razor-sharp riffs, intense grooves, and dark imagery. Rhino salutes the long shadow cast ...

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OBITUARY/Ex-DEATH Bassist TERRY BUTLER Teams With THE ABSENCE Members To Form INHUMAN CONDITION

Florida death metal veteran Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined forces with Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION. The trio is currently in the studio at Kling and Nordberg's own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Listen To 'Neon Knights' And 'Voodoo' From 'Heaven And Hell' And 'Mob Rules' Deluxe Editions

Singer Ronnie James Dio joined BLACK SABBATH in 1979 which resulted in two back-to-back classic albums: "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". On those memorable albums, Dio's soaring tenor and gothic songwriting were the perfect foil for the band's bone-crushing mix of razor-sharp riffs, intense grooves, and dark imagery. Rhino salutes the long shadow cast ...

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