Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

This is one of the first heavy metal albums I ever heard back in 1982 when my cousin sat me down in his room and spun this along with Iron Maiden's Killers and Dio's Holy Diver.

I know it was "Believer" which blew me out of the water when I first heard it since my cousin dropped the needle there first before trailing back to "Over the Mountain." I was immersed into the dark grooves and Randy Rhodes' mind-melding guitars, but this cover, along with Iron Eddie chopping down a victim of whom you only see their clutching hand off-panel, cemented my bond to metal music.

I'd already sprouted a love of horror films at this point and seeing Ozzy's Hyde-torn persona on this cover and the blood streaks on his pants really socked me out, not to mention his white-suited "angel" figure on the flipside of the album.

Audiences today might find Diary of a Madman's cover cheesy as all hell (there've been worse from Ozzy), but remember, we were the Atari generation and this album art was highly effective to our eyes. Playstation and iPods hadn't even been a thought and G.I. Joe didn't look like The X-Men, either.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Ozzy Osbourne-The Ultimate Sin

Everything comes back it seems. Seasons come back, Indiana Jones comes back, Ozzy's brain cells...okay, maybe not everything comes back. However, our blog is back for better or worse. So hold on tight because here we go again. I was like 15 when this one came out and I remember staring at Boris Vallejo's rendering of Ozzy as a monster and the witch in full mid-80's metal chick garb. I liked it back then, but now it's a bit busy I think. I always look at the background and think of a pot of boiling spaghetti sauce instead of the big end of the world event I think they were shooting for. I am not sure why they made the decision to have a painting done instead of having Ozzy in some silly spot like they did in every previous cover.

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