Album Review: “Bark at the Moon” Ozzy Osbourne


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Ozzy Osbourne’s third studio album, “Bark at the Moon,” is one of the best true heavy metal albums to own.  After the sudden death of neoclassical metal figure Randy Rhaods, this stumped Ozzy’s ability to continuing releasing albums for his solo group.  As Ozzy said once reflecting Randy’s death due to the senseless plane crash, “it was tough because my dreams were shattered.”  Nonetheless, he managed to find LA based guitarist Jake E. Lee to make his debut on the album.  His performance was outstanding.  The song title of the album “Bark at the Moon,” juices up with riffs that has roots from the rise of NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) groups like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.  The song has 2 catchy solos.  The first has a similar style to Rhaod’s playing while the other one is largely comparable to Metallica’s Kirk Hammet playing.  Both of these guitarist in fact largely influenced Lee’s guitar capabilities.  “So Tired” has the correct title for being a pretty much boring slow Ozzy song.  Sorry, but I would rather hear “Centre of Eternity” more.  It has the kick ass keyboard playing much like that of “Mr Crowley” and the speed of Jake’s guitar high on heroin playing Van Halen and Iron Maiden riffs.  And this album is not the best Ozzy album unlike the two others, “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman,” it still sold well proving Ozzy to have the taste of being a successful metal artist not only with Black Sabbath, but with his solo work. [B]

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