They say that in the world of metal, there are legends, there are icons and there are gods. A few of the latter still walk among us, including Lemmy Kilmister from Mötörhead and Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Perhaps the biggest metal deity of them all celebrates another year on Earth, as Ozzy Osbourne celebrates his birthday today.
The 62-year-old singer remains just as vital as ever, as he released he spent the year releasing a new album called Scream, serving as the headlining act on yet another Ozzfest (alongside Mötley Crüe and Halford) and getting nominated for yet another Grammy ("Let Me Hear You Scream" was given a nod for Best Hard Rock Performance and is up against Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and Them Crooked Vultures).
Scream is quite an album, as it veers away from the ballad-heavy trend Osbourne had been indulging in for the past few full-lengths (he often claimed that he would rather focus on those songs, as they are his favorite tracks to sing) and focuses more on buzzsaw guitars and thudding jams. It's ironic, as it's the first Osbourne album in a while not to feature fleet-fingered guitarist Zakk Wylde. Osbourne did a ton of promotion for the album, including staging the longest and loudest scream of all time earlier this year. He gathered people together at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, and the Guinness Book of Records confirmed that the crowd did indeed top the old decibel record (which had been set by a group of Boy Scouts in Finland). He also liberally spread around tracks on video games, most notably as downloads for "Rock Band."
So raise a glass and cut an extra-large slice of cake for one of the gods of metal, and turn the volume way, way up on "Let Met Hear You Scream."