Ozzy Osbourne recently announced his new album “Patient Number 9” for September 9, and today we get to enjoy the album’s second single “Degradation Rules” featuring none other than his Black Sabbath‘s band-mate Tony Iommi.
Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on “Ordinary Man”) and set for release on Epic, the new album marks Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy record and maybe more.
Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list supporting cast. The record boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding right-hand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters made an appearance. Old friend and one-time Ozzy band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-lord Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album.
“Patient Number 9” is available for pre-order here.
“Patient Number 9” track-listing:
- Patient Number 9 (feat. Jeff Beck)
- Immortal (feat. Mike McCready)
- Parasite (feat. Zakk Wylde)
- No Escape From Now (feat. Tony Iommi)
- One of Those Days (feat. Eric Clapton)
- A Thousand Shades (feat. Jeff Beck)
- Mr. Darkness (feat. Zakk Wylde)
- Nothing Feels Right (feat. Zakk Wylde)
- Evil Shuffle (feat. Zakk Wylde)
- Degradation Rules (feat. Tony Iommi)
- Dead and Gone
- God Only Knows
- Darkside Blues
Q/A with Ozzy Osbourne about the new album:
Q: This is your first album to be released after the pandemic. What was going through your mind during the early days of the pandemic and are any of those feelings reflected in these songs?
Well, I was vaccinated and boosted and I still caught Covid in the end. My last album (“Ordinary Man”) was released just a few weeks before the pandemic started, and I was just about getting ready to go into the studio to work on this new one when the world shut down. It’s no secret that the last four years have been very difficult for me but making this album took my mind off of my problems.
Q: The album features some players with whom have history. What was it like to be reunited with Tony Iommi musically?
It was really great working with Tony. He’s the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath’s 13 album.
Q: Zakk contributes a lot on this album – how was the decision made to have him play since he didn’t play on the last album?
Zakk is part of my family and always will be. The album needed that weight that his playing provides. He just came in and really sorted things out.
Q: Tell us about the first single, “Patient Number 9,” which features Jeff Beck. What do you feel he has contributed to the song?
The song is about a mental institution. Having someone like Jeff Beck play on my album is just incredible, a total honor. There’s no other guitar player that plays like him and his solo on ‘Patient Number 9’ is just jaw-dropping.