Ozzy Osbourne
No Rest for the Wicked


4.0
excellent

Review

by Priestmetal USER (20 Reviews)
July 14th, 2005 | 29 replies | 11,435 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


1 of 3 thought this review was well written

In 1988, Six years after the tragic death of Ozzy's guitarist Rhandy Rhoads, and one year after Jake E. Lee's depart from the band, Ozzy was introduced to a certain Zakk Wylde. Zakk was a young guy of 21 from New Jersey who had been playing in local bars. Ozzy saw in Zakk an enormous amount of talent and diversity. Therfore, he was recruited and Ozzy's new band went into the studio to create No Rest for the Wicked. This album, the fifth studio outing of Ozzy's solo carear, was heavier then anything ozzy had released because of Zakk Wylde's feirce and intense style of playing.

The band:

Ozzy Osbourne: Vocals
Zakk Wylde: Guitar
Randy Castillo: Drums
Bob Daisley: Bass Guitar
NOTE: For the tour that followed this album, Bob Daisley left and Ozzy recruited his old band mate Geezer Butler to play bass.

The tracks:

1) Miracle Man: Exellent guitar intro followed by one of Ozzy's insane laughs and then, shortly after, the bass and drums. The verse is short but pretty heavy with Ozzy singing unusually high. After the chorus, theres some weird voice that sounds like the talk box effect for guitar that says "Miracle Man" and Ozzy replies, "Got Busted". Then after the second chorus theres a pretty fast solo form Zakk that leads back to the riff that was in the intro. The song finishes off with a fade out. Probably amoung the best songs on the album. 4.5/5

2) Devil's Daughter (Holy War): Starts off with a strange, quiet plam muted guitar intro that makes you wanna skip the track. But then the drums kick in and a different, slightly better riff comes in with Zakk's signature pinch harmonics. The verse is not too heavy and kinda bland but then Ozzy goes "I see you..." and a pre chorus kinda part kicks in. Very catchy and very upbeat. Catchy chorus too. "Devil's daughter, you don't want a holy war". After the second chorus theres a bridge with some baby crying followed by a slowER more melodic solo. A pretty good song, but theres better material on the album. 3.5/5

3) Crazy Babies: SUPER heavy guitar intro followed by the drums and bass kicking in. Kinda repetetive song but the heavy, catchy riff along with Ozzy's singing keep you listening. Zakks solo isnt quite as good as some of his others on the record but it passes. The song ends right after the last word of the last chorus. A fun headbanger kinda track. 4/5.

4) Breakin' all the Rules: A dark sounding riff kicks the song off the the guitar, drums and bass starting all at the same time. Soon after they are joined by Ozzy's trademark singing. You can tell that this track is more serious and down to earth than the first three. Very dark and melodic with some great fills here and there from Zakk. The best part of the song is after the second chorus when Ozzy goes:" Breakin' all the rules, can't you see they're nothing without you". Then theres a really heavy riff followed by some fills from Zakk that kinda altogether make a sort of solo that leads into the real solo. You have to hear it to get it. Sorry. The song ends with Ozzy repeating "Breaking all the rules". Great song but not quite among the best of the album. 4/5.

5) Bloodbath In Paradise: Ok. This song kicks some serious headbanging ass. After a strange intro with crowds chanting, an orgasme, and some quote possibly in Latin, an evil and heavy riff comes in acompanied by Mr. Castillo's cymbles. Then anohter faster riff comes in and after a little drum fill the singing starts. The song slows down for a pre chorus but then picks up again during the real chorus. The bridge isnt too strong but the way it kicks back into the verse with Zakk playing the riff alone is priceless. After the last chorus some other riff goes on for a while and then two chords cut it off for an end. Exellent song with tons of heavy moments. Its up there with Miracle Man. 4.5/5.

6)Fire in the Sky: Starts off with some soft sounds and distant druming. Then, 45 seconds into the track an explosive riff kicks in with everyone (exept Ozzy himself). You can imediatly tell this one is serious, kinda like Breakin' all the Rules. The verse is slow and quiet with Ozzy's voice sounding clear and beautiful. Then the song explodes into the chorus with Ozzy's singing seriously at its best. Great lyrics too. Possibly about Ozzy's childhood, but Im not quite sure. After the second chorus theres a kinda epic sounding bridge part with some vocal harmonies. Then Zakk does a short but remarkable solo that fitts in SO perfectly with the song its mind blowing. The song fades out on thee last chorus. Wonderful song. Defenetly THE best one the album. 5/5.

7) Tattooed Dancer: Awesome drum intro followed by a powerslide into a heavy, moderately fast riff.The same riff keeps going as Ozzy begins to sing. The verse is short and so is the chorus. After the second chorus Ozzy screams "My souls on fire" and theres another epic sounding bridge like in Fire in the Sky. Then it goes into a heavy riff followed by one last bit of epic. Ozzy screams "Tattooed Dancer" and then back to the verse. A cool song but nothing too exeptional. 3.5/5

8)Demon Alcohol: This track seems to be filler. Its not too heavy, but its catchy and upbeat. As the title suggests its about alcohol. The lyrics are pretty smart though. For example "Although that one's too much, you know ten's not enough". The whole song is basically alcohol personified as a devil that makes deals with individuals. Not a bad song but as I said, semms to be filler. 3/5.

9)Hero: A good way to finish off the album. Starts with a soft keyboard melody but soon hitts a pretty heavy riff. Ozzy then starts singing over the same riff. Another one of those down to earth and serious songs like Breaking all the Rules and Fire in the Sky. Yet, this song probably has the worst solo on the album. Great album closer, good song in general. 4/5.


Conclusion:

Although many people (including me) find that Blizzard of Ozz was Ozzy Osbournes definitive album as far as his solo carear goes, I do find No Rest for the Wicked quite strong as well. Its overal sound is heavy courtesy of Wyldes playing, and it has some exellent songs on it. It is without a doubt an overlooked album and is actually in my opinion RIGHT behind Blizzard of Ozz. Also, it COMPLETELY ownes any Ozzy album with Jake E. Lee. I strongly recomend this album to any metal fan but do not consider it a "groundgreaker" or a classic but still a strong album.

Final rating: 4/5.



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masada
July 14th 2005



2733 Comments


This album is horrible.

Pretty good review, though.

Priestmetal
July 14th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm... you are not a huge metal fan are you?

Shaft!
July 14th 2005



37 Comments


I wouldn't go that far, but I'd love to know why he thinks the album is horrible.
Me, personally, I've never heard anything off of the album, or if I did, I don't know that it was from this album.
But I'd sure love to know why, in Mr. Vague's opinion, this album isn't worth my probable 16 bucks.

masada
July 14th 2005



2733 Comments


It's boring, generic metal. A lot of Ozzy's post-Randy material is, especially the Jake E. Lee-era. Zakk's playing is average, and Ozzy's voice was terrible by the time he made this. The songwriting went down the drain, and ended up writing rather cliched songs, save for a few. If you're going to get a Zakk Wylde period Ozzy album, get No More Tears. I think that it is a lot better than this.

That's my opinion, at least.

Priestmetal
July 14th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well to each his own, dude. I havn't heard anything off No More Tears exept the tittle track which is pretty good.

EdwardTheGreat
July 15th 2005



57 Comments


Wow, a civilised conversation! Usually you get "wtf f*** dis albmu is graet u fag!!!11!!!' rather than someone actually asking why, and then a sensible reply.

Good review though, never heard any Ozzy stuff except for Tribute.

Priestmetal
July 16th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well times are changing man. Im seriously seeing more and more of these "civilised conversations" and less "Your opinion sucks" kinda stuff. Of course there are still a few dumbasses but o well...

blekzebbed
May 5th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is interesting, I suppose. Among other things you say this about bloodbath in paradise:
After a strange intro with crowds chanting, an orgasme, and some quote possibly in Latin...

I don't think it's Latin, but one of Ozzy's rewind texts! I got the song from my cd on my pc and played the sentence backwards. I don't live in an English speaking country, so can someone help me? All I could make out of this strange thing is that he's saying something like this:
{Your mother self welms in all}
I don't get it.

check it out yourself and respond
cheers, zebbedThis Message Edited On 07.19.06

blekzebbed
May 5th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

deletethismessageThis Message Edited On 07.19.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
May 5th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Vastly over-rated. I actually find Mr. Osbourne to be a bore after "Bark At The Moon". As a rather congenial fellow stated above, it's more cliche than anything.

metallicaman8
May 5th 2006



4677 Comments


this album was quite disappointing

blekzebbed
May 6th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

delete thisThis Message Edited On 05.17.06

blekzebbed
May 6th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

delete thisThis Message Edited On 05.17.06

Priestmetal
May 7th 2006



542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes indeed, blekzebbed the voices at the begining are merely english words being played backwards. Ozzy had mentioned this in an interview i read somewhere.

blekzebbed
May 25th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I found the answer on my question, in a very long Ozzy Biography. Here it is:
Q: What is said in the beginning of "Bloodbath in Paradise"?
A: "Your mother sells whelks in hull."

Bfhurricane
January 1st 2007



6194 Comments


I have yet to listen to this, I always love to listen to Ozzy here and there so I gotta finish my collection

freudianslipknot
January 2nd 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only tracks I liked on this were miracle man & demon alcohol. I preferred bark at the moon and the ultimate sin. I actually owned the LP of this and manually reversed the turntable and "your mother sells whelks in hull" is unmistakably what is said on bloodbath in paradise. I more or less agreed with your review except I would just reduce all the ratings by about 2. I found this album to be very average.

dudeinthepassinglane
May 23rd 2007



192 Comments


Thanks for mentioning Geezer - I couldn't figure out when he played w Ozzy.

R6Rider
June 23rd 2010



4483 Comments


diggin' this

Digging: Rort - Warpath

mark7477
August 30th 2010



392 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The best ozzy album with zakk wylde a straight on rocking metal type of ozzy.....no bullshit



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