Scream is Ozzy Osbourne's first album in three years and 10th studio album overall. The album was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY's 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain, the album. The multi-platinum, … see full wiki
"Scream," the tenth studio album from the Prince of Darkness, is loud, riotous, and fun. It is full of nostalgic heavy metal sounds blended well with modern rock highlights.
The relentless opener "Let It Die," let's the listener quickly learn that Ozzy Osbourne shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Next is the first single off of the album, "Let Me Hear You Scream." It's an in-your-face rocker that is sure draw huge reactions from live crowds. The would-be title track, "Soul Sucker," rolls in after that, and has quickly become my favorite track on the album. It's a slow-churning pounder that will literally beat down the listener. I find myself singing this tune throughout the day.
From there, Ozzy lightens things up with "Life Won't Wait," but wastes no time on turning the volume back up with the Christ-questioning "Diggin' Me Down," the political-tinged "Crucify" and the fist-pumping "Fearless." Next is the slower-paced "Time" and then "I Want It More."
Rounding out the album is the disturbing yet touching "Latimer's Mercy" and "I Love You All," a big "thank you" to all of Ozzy's fans who've stuck with him through thick and thin.
Mike Bordin is replaced on drums by Tommy Clufetos on this album and the former Alice Cooper/Rob Zombie/Ted Nugent skin pounder maintains the album's blistering rhythm throughout. Adam Wakeman sits in on this album on the keyboards. "Black Rain" veteran Blasko returns on bass.
The most notable addition to Ozzy's band this time around is lead guitarist Gus G. He replaces the legendary Zakk Wylde. Wylde brought a unique styling to Ozzy's sound, and although it is missed, I have to admit that Gus G handles lead guitar duties just fine. In my opinion, his style is very reminiscent of Randy Rhoads' stylings which, to me, sounded like a well-orchestrated moment of chaos.
Ozzy's vocals are solid and sound very good. His writing on this album is also very strong.
"Scream" is a loud reminder to the world that Ozzy Osbourne still knows how to pound out great music. I hope that it isn't Ozzy's last album. Highly recommended.