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Review Fix recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward about his fine art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”. You can now listen to the chat at ReviewFix.com.

Fans are intivited to join Ward on October 26 for a special night as he discusses “Absence Of Corners”. The event will be held at the first U.S. gallery to showcase his collection, the highly acclaimed Annapolis Collection Gallery, located at 55 West St. on Gallery Row in Annapolis, Maryland. This event is free to the public.

If you plan to attend this special evening, RSVP by providing the information requested at BillWardDrumArt.com.

An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence Of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward says about the project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour‘s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour‘s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward‘s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, which came out June 11.



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Fans are intivited to join legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward on October 26 for a special night as he discusses his fine art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”. The event will be held at the first U.S. gallery to showcase his collection, the highly acclaimed Annapolis Collection Gallery, located at 55 West St. on Gallery Row in Annapolis, Maryland. This event is free to the public.

If you plan to attend this special evening, RSVP by providing the information requested at BillWardDrumArt.com.

An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence Of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward says about the project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour‘s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour‘s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward‘s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, which came out June 11.



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In a new text/audio feature by music writer Joel Gausten, legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward opens up about how his new fine art series, “Absence Of Corners”, helped him deal with some of the intense emotions he felt after stepping away from the reunion of the original BLACK SABBATH lineup in 2012.

“The biggest thing that I’ve definitely felt from this [art series project] is I’ve got a new peace of mind,” shares Ward. “It’s been extremely therapeutic. If I have to put anything on the very top of the tree, it would be ‘therapeutic’… It’s really helped me a lot in some of the upheaval that I’ve felt since January 2012 up until now. I’ve had some very, very tough emotions; I’ve been very, very sad about some of the things that have happened. I know I’ve had to be kind of close-mouthed about the things going on with SABBATH… For me, it’s been a very difficult time, as I’m sure [it’s been] for a number of other people. I’m not discounting the other people in this, but for myself, it’s been very, very tough. I had no idea that by doing this project, it would turn out to be something that was actually quite personal and quite revealing.”

Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward created “Absence Of Corners” by using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms were then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcased a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

For more information on the project, visit www.billwarddrumart.com.

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne recently took issue with Ward‘s contention that he was physically capable of playing drums for the band, which the group has suggested was one reason why he is not on their current tour nor on the band’s new album “13”. Ward said in an interview that he “would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . I’m the drummer in SABBATH and quite capable of doing the job.” He cited contractual issues as the reason why he declined to participate in the reunion.

Ozzy told the New York Daily News about Ward: “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.” Despite this, however, Ozzy said “the door is always open” for Ward to return and admitted that without him “it’s not the same.”

Ward said he would return on one condition, that he “play all or nothing.” It’s been speculated that SABBATH wanted Ward to play only part of its live shows because he wasn’t in shape to perform an entire concert.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk played on “13” while Tommy Clufetos is the touring drummer for the group.




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Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently spoke to “LA Radio Sessions” about his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

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He’s arguably one of the most discussed drummers in rock today. His presence behind the kit for over 45 years has inspired countless imitators. And for many, he’s considered the most influential drummer in heavy metal history. But as summer peaks, Ward will make his first foray into the world of fine art with a debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”. Set for release on August 1, 2013 at BillWardDrumArt.com, all of the pieces in Ward‘s collection are created from rhythm and limited in availability.

An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence Of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward says about the project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour‘s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour‘s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward‘s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Those interested in learning more and seeing the artwork before the release are encouraged to join the interest list at BillWardDrumArt.com.

Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, which came out June 11.



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IN THIS MOMENT drummer Tom Hane recently spoke to Vater Percussion about why he uses the Vater 5B in nylon tip drumsticks; how he got the gig with IN THIS MOMENT; and offers advice to up-and-coming drummers on how to promote themselves.

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Battle metallers Turisas have officially started recording their upcoming 4th studio album. The band is currently recording drums at Atomic Spa studio in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue the recordings in different locations until the end of January. This follow-up to 2011′s “Stand Up And Fight” is scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013 via Century Media Records.

Turisas has also announced a few line-up changes in conjunction with the band entering the studio. After spending 15 years with Turisas behind the kit, original member Tuomas “Tude” Lehtonen has decided to part ways with the band. Lehtonen explains the reasons behind his decision:

“I can’t tell you how hard it feels to step away from the path we’ve been walking together for the last 15 years – and to start a new era in my life without the band. There are many reasons for me to quit the band. The stress from the years spent on the road and different artistic visions have lead to a mutual decision for me to step back and hand over the drumsticks to the next guy. In any case, it has been a great experience and all the memories from being on the road are something that I will always cherish.

“The biggest thanks go to all of the past and present members of the band, not to forget all the technicians and fellow drummers I’ve met on shows and on tour – and, of course, especially to all the fans that have allowed us to grow to the level that Turisas are at today. Good luck and lots of success to all my bandmates – I feel that I will never be straying too far away from the band. I shall always be proudly carrying the heart of Turisas wherever I go. The man can leave the band but the band will never really leave the man. Battle Metal!”

Along with Lehtonen, Turisas’ current tour bass player, Jukka-Pekka Miettinen, will part ways with the band as he needs to focus on his own musical projects. The relationship with both members remains friendly and amicable. Their official farewell party will happen at Turisas’ special New Year’s Eve show on December 31st, 2012 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

In light of Lehtonen’s and Miettinen’s departure, Turisas is proud to welcome two new members to the band: new drummer, Jaakko Jakku, who has already started recording his drum parts for the upcoming album, and new bassist, Jesper Anastasiadis.

After the new album is finished at the end of January, Turisas will appear on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which kicks off on January 28th in Florida, and then head out on the headlining “Guards Of Glory” tour throughout North America and Latin America. Support in North America will come from Firewind and Stolen Babies.. See below for a list of tour dates (with more to be announced soon!).

Sat/Feb-02–Jacksonville, FL–Roc Bar
Sun/Feb-03–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade – Downstairs
Tue/Feb-05–Richmond, VA–Empire
Wed/Feb-06–New York, NY–Gramercy Theatre
Thu/Feb-07–Worcester, MA–The Palladium – Upstairs
Fri/Feb-08–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Électriques
Sat/Feb-09–Toronto, ON–The Mod Club
Sun/Feb-10–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Mon/Feb-11–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s Downunder
Wed/Feb-13–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Fri/Feb-15–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Sat/Feb-16–Salt Lake City, UT–In the Venue
Mon/Feb-18–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Tue/Feb-19–Vancouver, BC–Biltmore Cabaret
Wed/Feb-20–Portland, OR–Branx
Thu/Feb-21–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Fri/Feb-22–West Hollywood, CA–Key Club*
Sat/Feb-23–Santa Ana, CA–The Constellation Room*
Mon/Feb-25–Tempe, AZ–910 Live*
Thu/Feb-28–Dallas, TX–Door*
Fri/Mar-01–San Antonio, TX–White Rabbit*
Sat/Mar-02–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live*
Mon/Mar-04–Orlando, FL–The Social*
Tue/Mar-05–Ft. Lauderdale, FL–Culture Room*
Wed/Mar-06–Tampa, FL–State Theatre*

*=TURISAS and FIREWIND only

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Sick Drummer Magazine has posted this exclusive video of Pig Destroyer drummer Adam Jarvis (also of Misery Index) blasting through Book Burner. The new album is out Oct. 23 on Relapse. Here is what Jarvis had to say about his set up: Read the rest of this entry »

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As previously announced, SEPTICFLESH drummer Fotis Benardo gives you the opportunity to win a Mapex “Black Panther” snare drum, Serial Drummer clothes, custom B-stick drumsticks, limited…

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The Neil Peart (RUSH) application and mobile web site, which has been accessible to anyone who purchases a pair of his limited-edition “Time Machine” tour Pro-Mark PW747W signature drumsticks, is now available to everyone.

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Put away your sleeping bags and flashlights and pack up your guitar and drumsticks, as it’s going to be blood, sweat, and tears when VH1 Classic takes you on the adventure of a lifetime with the new original series “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp”.

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