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Heavy Metal Halloween: 10 Shock Rock Bands To Give You The Creeps This All Hallow’s Eve!
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Heavy Metal Halloween

Every Halloween, when it comes to entertainment, most people immediately think of horror films…but what about music? Over the years many artists have attempted to bring the “shock” back into rock.

So, if you are hosting a Halloween party this year, here are some performers that will help you turn it into a heavy metal Halloween.

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3D Black Sabbath Maze Coming To Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
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Black Sabbath Halloween Horror Nights 2013

Black Sabbath is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood!

This fall, the theme park’s famed Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all-original horror-themed 3D maze called Black Sabbath: 13 3D, a new attraction based on the legendary band’s lyrics that will also include scenes inspired by their latest album, 13.

While going through the attraction, guests will reportedly face Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies, and bubbling pools of “radioactive water,” all while songs inspired by classic Black Sabbath tunes “Luke’s Wall,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral,” and the haunting “Black Sabbath” boom at high volumes through the confines of the maze.

The maze’s design contains “horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses, and bone-chilling battlefields,” along with imagery of the godfathers of heavy metal themselves – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, the co-founders of Black Sabbath, currently on tour promoting 13, their first studio album together in 35 years.

Check out the announcement video here below, which includes a preview of the new attraction.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Black Sabbath ‘Live Evil’
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Black Sabbath Live Evil

Right now, Live Evil by Black Sabbath is on sale in MP3 format for only $5.99. The double CD is currently $14.17 and is an AutoRip, which means it comes with a FREE MP3 download of the album. (You’ll also get a $1 Amazon MP3 Credit when you buy the CD.)

Released in 1983, Live Evil is a live double album featuring the vocals of Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The 15-track album features Dio-Sabbath tunes like “Heaven and Hell,” “Neon Knights,” “Mob Rules, and “Children of the Sea,” as well as the Ozzy songs “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” and “War Pigs.”

Six dollars. 15 Black Sabbath songs. Ronnie James Dio. That’s all you need to know. Grab this now.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale for $0-$5 each and select live albums on sale for $5.99 each.

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Streaming Review: Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid
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Streaming banner: Classic Albums: Black Sabbath: Paranoid

Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – ParanoidClassic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Netflix | Amazon | Google Play | YouTube
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Matthew Longfellow
Starring Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Henry Rollins, Jim Simpson, Tony Allom, Deena Weinstein
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Originally Released: June 30, 2010

With drummer Bill Ward’s birthday today, May 5, and with all the news surrounding the upcoming Black Sabbath album, 13, (despite Ward not being involved), I thought it would be timely to delve back into the past for this week’s streaming review. This week, we take a look at the band’s classic album called Paranoid, a ground-breaking release that established them as an international phenomenal, and put Black Sabbath’s name down on the history books as the first heavy metal band.

The significance of Paranoid, in union with the other first four releases by Black Sabbath, is unparalleled. Combining musical influences of rock and roll, blues, jazz, swing, and classical; and swarming it among darker occultist lyrical topics, the band laid down a basis that would not only establish their own careers, but also form the basis for all metal bands that would follow as well as all of the subgenres to break off from metal. Black Sabbath’s contributions to the early development of metal are incomparable to all who would follow.

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Black Sabbath’s ’13’: Dispatch From The Press Listening Party In Hollywood
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Black Sabbath 13 marquee - photo by Geeks of Doom

The heart of Hollywood hosted an exclusive invite-only press listening party last night for the new, highly anticipated upcoming Black Sabbath album, entitled 13. The album marks the first time in 35 years that original members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi have created and recorded original music on a studio release.

The definitely not black tie affair was held at the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Vine Street just off Hollywood Boulevard in the late afternoon on April 10, 2013. Limited to about only 40 journalists, yours truly was fortunate enough to be one of the members of an audience primed and ready to be in essence the first people to listen to the new album, aside from those involved in its recording (such as people like producer Rick Rubin and drummer Brad Wilk, who is playing in Sabbath in place of original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, a move that has been rather polarizing to many die hard Sabbath fanatics). In a year marked by new musical releases by legendary rock artists like David Bowie and Iggy and The Stooges, Black Sabbath’s 13 also has created that same kind of neon electric buzz among the rock and music community.

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Happy Birthday To Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi
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Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi, whose bone crunching power riffs have been a staple of the sound and energy of the legendary English group Black Sabbath, celebrates his birthday today!

Almost no other guitarist in the history of the instrument was more innovative in perfecting that “power riff,” the easy yet extremely omnipotent guitar chord which sets a tone and pitch of a song, albeit a hard rock one. Iommi was like a power riff factory, churning them out in rapid, breathtaking succession on every Black Sabbath record since the band’s debut release in 1969. From the very first song on that album, the self-titled track in which Iommi’s riff thunders in like an equestrian out of control, a jouster with a lance coming right out of the speaker grill, it set the style for the entire Sabbath sound which would follow for decades.

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New Black Sabbath Album With New Drummer To Be Released This June
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Ozzy, Geezer and Tony

A new album by Black Sabbath, the titans of doomy hard rock/heavy metal, which is cryptically titled 13, is set to be released this June. For this new album, the original band members – Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and the madman himself Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) – be sporting a new drummer in Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine.

Produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Public Enemy, Tom Petty), the album was originally supposed to be recorded by all four members of the first wave of the band, which has gone through numerous line ups in its storied, influential, and checkered history. Drummer Bill Ward, who played with the band on some of their classic releases like Paranoid, Volume 4, Master of Reality, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath to name a few, couldn’t come to terms with the rest of the band, and in May of last year, backed out of the forthcoming project and any live dates which might follow the release of the album.

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MP3 Deal: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each
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Amazon is currently offering over 300 Classic Rock songs in MP3 for just $0.69 each right now: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each.

Click the link above and browse the list of tunes, which contains tracks from artists like Aerosmith, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, Billy Joel, Bad Company, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Yes, Cream, The Doors, Van Halen, and many more!

MP3 songs usually sell for $.99 to $1.29 each, so 69 cents is a great deal! No word on when the sale ends, so grab the songs you want now at the discounted price. Also, all this month, Amazon is offering up 2,000 albums for $5 each in MP3 format, so be sure to check out that hefty selection, too.

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Happy Birthday, Ozzy Osbourne!
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Ozzy Osbourne

Happy Birthday today to the madman who showed the world his diary, who put the globe in a blizzard, who made an absolute art of being one of the most influential and loved hard rock/heavy metal frontman in the entire elongated history of the music scene and business, John “Ozzy” Osbourne.

The personal life and antics of Osbourne and his unabashed outrageousness could fill volumes upon volumes of tomes. Osbourne is like a cat with nine lives who has already extinguished eight and a half, his onstage and off-stage antics, wild loose unrestrained abandon, a glorious wonderful mess of a life and a human being are the stuff of legend, urban and otherwise. There are fans of the man who have never even heard his music, or have only heard the most minute of musical flurries, and yet, those people are as passionate about the day to day, era to era styles and manifestations of Ozzy, as if it’s witnessing a one-man freak show, rubber-necking at a car wreck, looking and listening where angels fear to tread.

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The Geeks Of Doom Round Up 19: Seven Psychopaths and Black Sabbath
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The Geeks Of Doom Round Up 19: Seven Psychopaths and Black Sabbath

The nineteenth episode of The Geeks Of Doom Round Up is here, and this week, Andy takes a look at an awesome and amusing trailer for the upcoming film Seven Psychopaths, directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Colin Farrell amongst an all-star cast. Later, Greg tips the hat to fellow Geeks Of Doom contributor, Stoogeypedia, for his recent Top Vinyl Rock Records Of The ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s feature, and we play from his list, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by the kings of metal themselves, Black Sabbath.

Later in the show, we take a look at The 10 Best Films of 2012 So Far, from an article by Famous Monster. We also recommend the new feature here at Geeks Of Doom called If BAADASSSSS! Controlled The Universe, and in the first edition, he examines (in an alternative universe), an unfinished version of The Expendables from 1976!

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