Bill Ward

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Kyng Are Happy to Outwork You

    Eddie Veliz was "born in East LA," the area infamously name checked by Cheech & Chong in song. As Veliz explains in his SoCal vernacular, in his 'hood, kids "were either in a thrash metal band, a super scum punk band, or listening to regional mariachi music. Or maybe a hip-hop kid. We only had (alt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    Inevitably, every "best of" list features some tiny--or not so tiny--bias from its compilers. Journalistic objectivity takes precedence, sure, but when even the definition of "metal" is subject to interpretation, there's no true one-size-fits-all best-of list. But that's often the best part of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    A Track-By-Track Analysis of Black Sabbath's New Album 13

    Last week, Black Sabbath released 13, their 19th studio album. In case you haven't heard, it's kind of a big deal. This is the first album since 1978 to feature original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and the first since 1994 with bassist Geezer Butler. Conspicuously missing from the classic Sabbath line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    H.R. of Bad Brains is Not Crazy, Insists Jamie Saft

    With a monstrously flowing godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of the downtown avant-gardist and John Zorn ensemble vet for which he's known. The catch is, dude actually makes hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Ozzy Osbourne Documentary Reissues, Repackages, But Doesn't Re-Evaluate The Prince Of Darkness

    By Eric Hynes ​God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli Starring Ozzy Osburne, Sharon Osbourne, Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Kelly Osbourne, Bill Ward The most overexposed of rock stars receives yet more attention thanks to this standard-issue biopic, which premi ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2009

    Heaven & Hell Rise Again

    The return of Dio-Era Black Sabbath

  • Music

    July 20, 2004