The Doom In Us All: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
To date, there have been several tributes to the progenitors of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath. They have influenced many bands and artists from the wide array of music genres, not all of them necessarily in the Metal spectrum. And while Black Sabbath manages to also feature in every anti-rock crusader’s Top Ten list of Wicked Bands that will turn your kids to Satanism, when you actually look at the lyrics of at least the albums done with Ozzy on vocals, they really seem to be more of a warning against messing around with dark forces, rather than an endorsement for, as those wonderful Reasons Why Rock Is Of The Devil articles seem to indicate. Yeah, I’m a professing Christian who is a fan of Black Sabbath. And apparently, so is Ted Kirkpatrick, drummer/founder/sole remaining original member of the band Tourniquet.
The Doom In Us All is an EP tribute of six Black Sabbath covers, mostly gleaned from the Ozzy Osbourne days of the band. Technically, there are five actual songs (“War Pigs”, “Into The Void”, “Lord Of This World”, “Electric Funeral”, and “Children Of The Grave”), plus one less-than-a-minute instrumental (“Embryo”). Ted performs the drums and guitars, with King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick performing all the bass parts. Joining them are a bunch of guest appearances from several singers (Chris Jericho from Fozzy, Corey Glover from Living Colour, Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Crutch, Eric Wagner from The Skull, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, formerly “That Guy Who Replaced Rob Halford In Judas Priest”), with some guest guitar work from the likes of Scotti Hill of Skid Row, Bruce Franklin from Trouble, and Karl Sanders from Nile.
On the songs, Ted and company stick close to the original material, hardly deviating from how the songs were made. Not that it’s a bad thing; the songs are HEAVY, imbued with a thick and powerful production set to congeal the insides with a doomy flourish. They’re well done, and if I have any kind of complaint about the album, it’s that it was an EP that clocks in at a half-hour, and not a full-length with more Black Sabbath covers. Maybe get David Benson in on the fun. Regardless, this is a nice bit of unexpected from probably the last source I would expect a Black Sabbath tribute to come from.