Bill Ward’s legacy with Black Sabbath gets erased – literally

If you’ve been following the chaotic mess surrounding the reunion of the original four Black Sabbath members, you’d already know about the issues between their management and drummer Bill Ward, whose refusal to sign a contract which would have kept him from playing fully on their shows has been explained through a number of open letters online.

Until recently, this was part of an ongoing battle between Ward and the band’s management (suspected to involve Sharon Osbourne, frontman Ozzy’s wife and manager). Fans for the most part backed up Ward, whose poignant, public statements felt more humane and honest as compared to the rather terse, clipped replies issued on the rest of Black Sabbath’s behalf over the Internet.

Of this week, it was announced that Bill Ward would not be playing on any of the reunion shows with his longtime friends and former band mates onstage; putting an end to the possibility of a complete line up of the original Black Sabbath after several years. What has especially riled fans (and much of the heavy rock and metal world) however, was the decision to have official, online photos from Black Sabbath’s earlier years… without Bill Ward.

The best way to highlight this, for anyone who has not yet seen either the original photos or their edited versions, is to compare and contrast: Continue reading

Primordial ‘Redemption at The Puritan’s Hand’ UK Mini-tour; O2 Academy Islington, London, May 5th 2012

Primordial‘s two show trip in the UK came to a passionate conclusion at the O2 Academy in Islington. Though unfortunately cut short due to the venue franchise’s club night curfew, this restriction did little to deter the overwhelming rapport from an audience made up of loyal fans and relative newcomers alike; the latter mainly tagging along for Winterfylleth and Hell. Continue reading

Let’s have some fun

Sorry, no post this week, but instead have a little guessing game, as a taste of what’s to come.

 

I want you to guess the connection between these two bands. Hint: it’s one person.

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