I have been an Ozzy fan since i was 4 years old in 1977 when my Uncle Monte put on for me during a visit: Paranoid, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Black sabbath. I started to play guitar when i was 10 because of my love of Randy and Tony, and quickly became fans of Jake and Zakk as well.. I finally broke down and bought this album last week. I initially didnt buy this album because no Zakk... I am a HUGE ZAKK FAN.. And to me... Zakk has been with OZzy the longest and really PUSHED creativity and incredible music from OZZY's Already brilliant mind. So i was biased.. Having listened to Scream..2x through.. I can honestly say that Gus G. is a very good guitarist. Very Good...not awesome incredible blew me away...but a very good guitarist. If you recall when Randy left us Ozzy having had a GOD on guitar already would not settle for second best...so he got JAKE E LEE and ZAKK who are just f***ing incredible guitarists and musicians. Gus doesnt move me in the same way. While there are some cool moments on the Scream album there just arent any of those WHOA! moments that we all love.. LIke the first time you heard no more tears or shot in the dark.. I also never understood why Zakk was dismissed.. I know they said because Ozzy started to sound like BLS records....and I cant buy that.. BLack rain is an amazing album..but it sounds NOTHING like BLS... So i truly hope after this album and tour that Ozzy goes back to the fold that made him sound amazing....ZAKK WYLDE.... OZZY and SHARON if you are reading this (which i hope but doubt) bring back our boy ZAKK!
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