Ozzy Osbourne's favorite metal albums


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/26/ozzy-osbournes-favorite-meta.html


#2

This is part of Rock 101. Mandatory.


#3

Hmm… All old stuff. Great albums for sure but there are some great thing happening in the genre these days as well.


#4

I’ll be honest, the best band for me so far this decade is thrash throwback, “Huntress”. I am a big fan of the Djent scene too, though. Even some of the weird pop hybrids like Amaranthe.


#5

Ozzy would never agree but Rainbow’s Rainbow Rising, and RJD’s epic Stargazer, sets a standard


#6

I’m not fully up on all the sub-genres of metal these days but from the few purchases I do of Western releases it does seem the genre is alive and well.

What I’ve been really getting into lately is a Japanese sub-genre called “girls metal” which seems to operate under very different rules. I might or might not write a post about this. On the one hand I want to share something I’ve found that is good, on the other I really don’t want to deal with the commentary and arguments about why I’m tremendously wrong or why Japan should operate on western ideals.


#7

Please do.

Burner account. Post and leave.


#8

What, you think Ozzy approved of “Since you been gone” era Rainbow?


#9

Kitten Ace of Spades!


#10

I’m not convinced Sharon permits Ozzy to hold any positive opinions of Ronnie Dio whatsoever.

I read somewhere that Rainbow Rising was once voted the Greatest Heavy Metal Album Of All Time and I always wondered when that vote took place and who held it. (Checks wiki… Ah, issue #4 of Kerrang!) I mean, it’s a truly great record, but I’m not sure it lands in anyone’s Top Twenty these days.

“Stargazer” sure is epic, though.


#11

Yeah, they’re all old, but so is Ozzy. I think some of his choices are great records but I wouldn’t call them metal. To me, nothing Led Zeppelin ever published is metal.

(And I feel it’s a toss-up between Physical Graffiti and Presence for their best record.)


#12

Given that Jethro Tull award incident; I’m inclined to suspect that the periodic table has not remained entirely stable over time.


#13

M̈ëtäl should always be Transuranic. Dangerously unstable and prone to producing harmful side effects :wink:


#14

I completely forgot about that. If Jethro Tull is metal then early Queen is Death Metal.


#15

I thought that too. No arguments with his choices, but I’m slightly disappointed with the ‘metal is a historical genre’ impression they convey.

Hmm. Sore point for Tull fans!
The Grammy category that year was ‘Hard Rock and Metal’, and it’d be entirely reasonable to describe ‘Crest of a Knave’ as ‘hard rock’. Tull did not get a Grammy for ‘metal’.


#16

He’s totally sleeping on Yob. Clearing the Path to Ascend is some of the finest metal ever, and deeply indebted to Ozzy to boot.


#17

So it’s actually a list of ten, and worth clicking through. The five listed here include four that would probably be the top four on Family Feud’s, “Name a metal album” so they aren’t very noteworthy.

Hellbilly Deluxe and Facelift are far more interesting picks and say something about Ozzy’s tastes.


#18

It’s Ozzy, so most of these are his contemporaies. A fair few, I wouldn’t even put in the “metal” pile. They’re sort of grooving along hard rock. AC/DC (Who I’ve never really liked), Alice and Chains and Led Zeppelin shouldn’t be on there.

Also notable: No Iron Maiden, because Sharon doesn’t like them because she’s an insecure little turd.

Mine: For what it’s worth:

  • Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance
  • Iron Maiden: Killers (My favourite is Fear of the Dark, but it’s not really “GOAT”
  • Sepultura: Roots
  • Metallica: Master of Puppets
  • Megadeth: Rust in Peace
  • Slayer: Reign in Blood
  • Burzum: Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
  • Hymns: Godflesh
  • At the Gates: Slaughter of the Soul
  • Napalm Death: Fear Emptiness Despair

#19

I think the “metal as historical” is a function of both Ozzy being fairly up there now, and Rolling Stone’s editors having a tendency to always be stuck in some sort of Golden Age or rock that creeps up a year or two once a decade.

(The magazine does some great stuff, but really…)


#20

What, no Iron Maiden? Heresy!!

Although as @breadlord mentioned, I think there’s a very obvious reason…

Maybe Ozzy is like everyone else; Metal is a pretty big arena and none of us would totally agree on what is and isn’t a “Metal” album at times.