OZZY OSBOURNE, HATEBREED, WOLFMOTHER and SABATON are among the confirmed artists for this year's Hultsfred festival, which is scheduled to take place June 14-16 in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
OZZY OSBOURNE [UK]
TIMBUKTU & DAMN! [S]
THE ARK [S]
SVENSKA AKADEMIEN [S]
SALEM AL FAKIR [S]
JOY DENALANE [DE]
ASHA ALI [S]
ROXY COTTONTAIL [US]
THE DRONES [AUS]
OH NO ONO [DK]
Ozzy Osbourne recently told Dan Epstein of Revolver magazine (web site) that unlike 2001's slickly produced "Down to Earth", the last album of original Ozzy material, his new disc promises to be a rawer and heavier affair. Recorded with the same band that backed Osbourne on his scattered 2006 Ozzfest dates — Zakk Wylde on guitar, Mike Bordin on drums, and former ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson — the album has no official producer, although longtime Mutt Lange protégé Kevin Churko is serving as the engineer.
"Kevin's working the machines and helping me with the songwriting," said Osbourne. "He really knows what he's doing with the ProTools, which is good because I can't work the fucking thing. I can barely work a light switch!"
"We just went in and jammed out the riffs, just like how they made 'Back in Black' and all the SABBATH record," said Wylde. "I don't need Bob Rock there to tell me what to do, like that 'Vagina Monologues' band METALLICA. When you know where you're going, you don't need to ask for fucking directions! It sounds like classic Ozzy — there's piano ballads, there's an acoustic thing, and then there's the heavy shit. From the beginning, Oz kept saying to me, 'Zakk, we need another 'No More Tears' — we've gotta piss all over that fuckin' record. This thing's gotta be able to hang with 'Diary of a Madman'!'"
"I always try to make a great album," says Osbourne. "It's not like I go in there and go, 'You know what? I've had a great run — I'm gonna do a piece of shit for my next album!' But to be perfectly truthful to you, 'Down to Earth' was just a filler album to me. It did well, and some people liked it, and I loved the ballad on it ['Dreamer']. But this album I put in the same league as 'No More Tears', 'Blizzard of Ozz', and 'Diary'. It's definitely my influence of SABBATH coming out, here and there. But then again, I would have liked to see SABBATH put out an album like this at this stage of the game."
For more on Ozzy Osbourne's new solo album, pick up the March 2007 issue of Revolver magazine, available on newsstands now. More information is available at www.revolvermag.com.