Ozzy Osbourne has released “Under the Graveyard,” his first solo single in nearly a decade. It’s the first taste of his new album, Ordinary Man, due out next year.
The Prince of Darkness is backed up on this searing five-minute track by Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and producer Andrew Watt on guitars.
Though a relative unknown beside McKagan and Smith, Watt’s role in the recording of Ordinary Man is not to be underestimated. Watt, who also works with Post Malone, met Osbourne when the Black Sabbath man made a show-stealing appearance on the rapper’s most recent album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. After that collaboration, Watt asked Osbourne if he would be interested in starting an album, to which he agreed.
“In just a short time, we had the album done,” Osbourne explained in a press statement. “Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings.”
In the past year, Osbourne has been recovering from a series of blows to his health that forced him to postpone several tour dates. “I previously had said to Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife] I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven’t got the fucking strength,’” he said in the statement. “But Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album.”
Though an official release date for Ordinary Man has not been announced, Sharon Osbourne had said in a recent interview that Ozzy’s new album would arrive in January, as NME reports.
While you wait for more details, stream “Under the Graveyard” below: