And, depending on which day of the week you ask me, possibly his best. I love Ultimate Sin as much as the next guy, but this one had everything.
- Incredible line-up.
- Asskicking production.
- Zakk Wylde at his peak, before he subscribed to Outlaw Biker, stopped bathing and became a parody of himself.
- Songwriting on par with the Ozzy we all knew and loved.
Nobody will ever equate Bark at the Moon to something like The Division Bell, but let's face it - Ozzy songs kicked ass because they were about who-fucking-cares. Lyrics you could get into, fantastic guitar playing, decent but not over the top drumming, and ripping solos.
Is there a more Ozzy-esque break than at the 4:00 mark here? That's an Ozzy riff all day long, and then Zakk just fucking rips like a motherfucker.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6oKiK1KhQs]Ozzy Osbourne - Fire in the Sky - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Zakk's tone on this album is HUGE. He managed to do shitloads of pinch harmonics, without sounding like Some Asshole Who Does Too Many Pinch Harmonics. For a while I didn't even think that was possible, because I fucking love pinch harmonics, but even I can't really stomach Zakk's playing these days because he does so damn many of them. And he was one of my guitar heros as a young kid. No Rest for The Wicked came out in 1988, and Zakk looked like this:
And nobody sounded like him. Tone for days, those crazy pinch harmonics, and holy fuck could he shred his ass off. Seriously, who else sounded like this?
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqBfpjSnOOw]Demon Alcohol- Ozzy Osbourne Lyrics - YouTube[/VIDEO]
So much goodness on these two albums. All downhill from there.
What has zack become?