Ozzy Osbourne and Slash Go Toe to Toe on Anti-Drug Song, ‘Straight to Hell’
Ozzy Osbourne has released a charging, new anti-drug anthem, “Straight to Hell.” The track features all the hallmarks of a classic Ozzy song: foreboding lyrics, a walloping, bluesy riff, and, of course, a jaw-dropping guitar solo — performed this time by Slash. “You’re flying higher than a kite tonight/You’ve took the hit and now you feel all right,” he sings between crushing riffs. Then he takes the perspective of the drugs and sings, “I’ll make you scream/I’ll make you defecate,” and caps it with the king of trademark laughs he originated on the song “Black Sabbath.” The tune will feature on Osbourne’s upcoming Ordinary Man album, due out in early 2020. The song follows up the release of the heavy, gothic ballad, “Under the Graveyard,” which was Osbourne’s first new solo song in nearly a decade. He revealed then that he had recorded the album with Post Malone producer Andrew Watt, who also played guitar on the album. Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith also played on the recordings. The record is due out early next year.
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