Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads Playing ‘Suicide Solution’

Wine is fine, but whiskey’s quicker
Suicide is slow with liqueur
Take a bottle, drown your sorrows
Then it floods away tomorrows
Away tomorrows

Evil thoughts and evil doings
Cold, alone you hang in ruins
Thought that you’d escape the reaper
You can’t escape the master keeper

‘Cos you feel life’s unreal, and you’re living a lie
Such a shame, who’s to blame, and you’re wondering why
Then you ask from your cask, is there life after birth
What you saw can mean hell on this earth
Hell on this earth

Now you live inside a bottle
The reaper’s travelling at full throttle
It’s catching you, but you don’t see
The reaper’s you, and the reaper is me

Breaking laws, knocking doors
But there’s no one at home
Made your bed, rest your head
But you lie there and moan
Where to hide, suicide is the only way out
Don’t you know what it’s really about

Wine is fine, but whiskey’s quicker
Suicide is slow with liqueur
Take a bottle, drown your sorrows
Then it floods away tomorrows

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The Top 10 Best Randy Rhoads Guitar Solos According To Metal Hammer

 Source: Metal Hammer

The Top 10 best Randy Rhoads guitar solos

Though his career was brief, Randy Rhoads left an indelible mark on modern rock music as the guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne’s original solo band. Here are his top 10 best guitar solos

Leaving behind an incredibly slender body of work – his far-too-brief career curtailed in a plane crash in 1982 at the age of 25 – the precision, melody and eye-popping technique Randy Rhoads brought to Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums would provide a lasting template for rock/metal guitarists to this day. Released a mere 14 months apart, it’s not easy to contextualise an output of such brevity, but in truth there’s no real need; the solos speak for themselves and his legacy is unimpeachable. Here are his 10 best.

10. Tonight (1981)

An early example of Osbourne’s career adopting an ’80s sheen, but the hints of soft rock balladry are counterweighted by a muscular, well-judged arrangement, never quite straying into naff territory. If the first solo sounds like an achingly familiar archetype, it’s because it is – aped by countless metal guitarists ever since. The second however, well, not everyone could keep up…

9. Laughing Gas (1977)

The only track from Rhoads’ pre-Ozzy band Quiet Riot finds him using his allotted solo time in this live workout to shoe-in every trick in his arsenal. Off the leash for once (a rare occurrence in QR), the arpeggios, runs, call-and-response reverb/delay, tapped harmonics, dive bombs et al perhaps over-egg the pudding somewhat, but, certainly demonstrate all the ingredients were in the cupboard.

8. Revelation (Mother Earth) (1980)

Showcasing Rhoads’ classical inclinations, plus his more Ozzy-suited prowess with an ominous riff (doomy bell, tick), the guitarist leaves orbit at speed in the final third. A succession of impossibly shredded scales gives way to some highly dramatic phrasing, blending both his and Ozzy’s strengths into one. Stylistically a precursor to Diary Of A Madman, it was also his favourite song.

7. Dee (1980)

A stark 50 seconds in length, Rhoads’ tribute to his mother Dolores is a wonderfully concise exercise in restraint. A fingerpicked instrumental tracked both on acoustic and classical guitar, the almost madrigal-esque flourishes are bookended by open harmonics. It reveals his background in musical theory and provides a brief moment of reflection and balance in the midst of heavier proceedings elsewhere.

6. Diary Of A Madman (1981)

The ultimate showcase for Rhoads’ widely spread talents and influences, and the most complex song ever written or performed by either him or Ozzy. It can be viewed as an early influence on later, long-form prog metal. Classical in both structure and sensibility, Wagnerian in tone, Rhoads’ reverb-soaked solo dials down the zing and adds an ethereal layer to already swirling atmospheres. As a summation of Rhoads’ all-too-scant canon, this covers all the bases.

5. Flying High Again (1981)

Triple tracked with barely a nanosecond difference between takes, the implication here is ‘I’m not making it up as I go along’ and ‘Yes, I can do it all day if I have to’. Technically breathtaking – trills, sweeps and taps (some one handed) – at precisely the halfway point Rhoads pops up and out of the mid-pace, takes aim, and sends the song skywards.

4. Mr Crowley (1980)

Despite his undoubted mastery of theory and chops, it was Rhoads’ instinctive ear for the melodic requirements of a song that placed him above your average ten-a-penny shred-head. Both solos lift the strongest parts of the vocal melody and whip them into a furious whirlwind of fervour and brawn. It’s hard to overstate how much they define the song.

3. Over The Mountain (1981)

With its staccato, driving riff and high-end vocals, Diary Of A Madman’s album opener set a strong marker to those who doubted the band’s ability to recreate the highlights of Blizzard… Seemingly squeezing three solos into one, Rhoads throttles a chest-tightening melody out of his whammy bar with the abandon of the titular madman himself.

2. Crazy Train (1980)

Of all of Rhoads’ work, this treads the fine line between technique and feel most astutely. The fills are worthy of a review in themselves, let alone the finger-stretching riff, and the solo manages to include sing-along phrases, densely plotted arpeggios and rip-snorting cascades. It’s usually viewed as his signature solo and deservedly so.

1. I Don’t Know (1980)

If the Blizzard Of Ozz opener that kick-started Osbourne’s solo career was a nihilistic shrug at the world, that sentiment was somewhat countered by the life-affirming energy of Rhoads’ riff. Out of the traps like a greyhound, Rhoads casually offloads some extremely brash fills, drops way back in the pocket for a gorgeous middle eight, before bending and trilling his way into history. Exceptional.

Rex Brown Says Dimebag Has Learnt How To Play The Guitar Very Quickly

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown stopped by the Guitar World studios to talk about some cool PANTERA stuff that not a lot of fans know, plus to discuss his relationship with “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Speaking about the late PANTERA guitarist, Brown said (see video below): “I knew Dime before he even knew how to play a bar chord. His dad kind of taught him… His dad was left-handed. So I think once that… We all know the story and history — once Randy Rhoads came around, it was all over. Dime went from just being a kid that played bar chords to this protégé overnight. And it was the most unreal thing I’ve ever seen in my life — for some kid, all of a sudden, just to do that. Not seeing him for a summer — two or three months — and then [see him] come out this completely different dude. It was amazing. It was really, really cool, man. And I miss him dearly.”

Brown has been publicly critical of the way his 2013 autobiography, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”, turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book’s publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with another former PANTERA member, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

“There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people’s mouths,” Rex told the “Trunk Nation” radio show last month.

Brown‘s “Official Truth, 101 Proof” co-writer, Scottish author Mark Eglinton, later disputed Brown‘s claims, tweeting: “Just to be totally clear and fair: there’s nothing in the book that shouldn’t have been. It was all signed off. I was there.”

Dimebag, who was Vinnie Paul‘s brother, was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

source: Blabbermouth

‘Crazy Train’ With Randy Rhoads On Guitar

Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.

So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!