- 08 Nov 19
The Prince of Darkness is finally back, with a typically massive bang! His introspective first single 'Under the Graveyard' has just been unveiled, in the wait for the album release early next year.
For what seemed to be an eternity - nine long years in reality - Osbourne did not release any new material. But to those who thought he was done - think again!
While we would all like to think that our living legends are eternal, there is no escaping the elapsing of time. In his latest single, Osbourne lays bare his feelings and faces up to mortality - a topic which has been widely alluded to when he encountered severe health issues a few months ago.
While the superstar used to sing tales evoking a 'road that never ends', 'Under the Graveyard' seems to mark a passage in his life and in his craft, where he acknowledges the inevitable truth that, sooner or later, his life and career will come to an end. While this is a saddening realisation, Osbourne turns it into a powerful song, infused with his typically heavy rocker vibe.
'Under the graveyard/We’re all rotting bones/Everything you are/Can’t take it when you go
I ain’t livin this lie no more/Ain’t livin this lie no more/It's cold in the graveyard
We all die alone
Cover my eyes so I can see it clear/One sip away from everything I fear/Ashes to ashes watch me disappear
Closer to home because the end is near'
This theme about life and death appears to be underlying the whole album. Its chosen title Ordinary Man seem to challenge the idea that being a rock star makes him truly any different to any other human beings. Out in early 2020 on Epic, there is no doubt this record is going to create a huge buzz.
Osbourne's featuring on rapper Post Malone's song 'Take What You Want' was already a completely unexpected, instant hit earlier this year. And what was also unexpected was the collaboration which naturally arose from it.
The legendary rocker met producer Andrew Watt while recording the song and subsequently decided to put him on guitar duties for his new album, along with Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses on the bass and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Pepper on the drums.
Surprisingly, none of Osbourne's current solo bandmates took part in the making of the new record. Guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Blasko, drumer Tommy Clufetos and leyboardist Adam Wakeman are all noticeably absent from it.
However, Osbourne has previously made it clear that he would love to record material with them one more time. So here is to hoping that another album featuring them may also be on its way - or at least on the cards.