Doom Troopin’ (Part 2)
(To read part 1, click here)
So Ozzy decided that the No More Tours tour would be his last, and that left guitarist Zakk Wylde with some time on his hands. But like all true musicians, he couldn’t be content without playing. So he started up the first of his side projects a project called Pride & Glory.
The first (and only) Pride & Glory album, released in 1994, was an incredibly interesting, diverse, and intelligent record. Although not really a metal album, it incorporated many influences from Hard Rock, to Country, Jazz, and even a little Latin. And instead of showing Zakk’s talent as a hired-gun guitar player, it really allowed him to show two of his other burgeoning talents… those of frontman and, more importantly, songwriter. Two influences that shine through more than almost any others on the record are Zakk’s love for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimi Henrix, as the record has a truly southern vibe to it, as well as several Hendrix inflected guitar parts. Though not a record that will get one’s head banging, Pride & Glory was still a really interesting and refreshing departure from Zakk’s former job in Ozzy Osbourne’s band and showed us that he was much more than just another in a long line of guitar players from Ozzy Osbourne’s band.
Then of course, Ozzy realized that he wasn’t ready for the life of retirement and Zakk would be summoned back into the Blizzard of Ozz for what would be, for better or worse, one of the most diverse records of the Ozzman’s career.
1995’s “Ozzmosis” was, at the time, an anomaly in Ozzy’s Catalog. I was a release that was equal parts heavy material and more than it’s fair share of ballads aswell. And though there was several great, heavy tunes on the album (Perry Mason, Thunder Underground, Tomorrow) the album was, ultimately, just too mixed and not quite up to snuff songwriting-wise in many places. It certainly was not the equal of the two previous Ozzy Osbourne albums, and for the first time in his career, Zakk was part of a less than stellar release.
Then came the birth of another fantastic Zakk Wylde project. This one would become immensely popular within a few years of their start. That project, along with continued analysis of the Zakk Wylde Ozzy albums, will be the topic of Doom Troopin’ Part 3.
(For more information on Zakk Wylde, visit ZakkWylde.com)
(For more information on Ozzy Osbourne visit Ozzy.com)