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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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Ara Harris of Virago Magazine recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward about his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Virago Magazine: What songs have created the most vivid pictures based only on rhythm?

Bill Ward: All of the songs that I played with BLACK SABBATH, but the first song that comes to mind is “Black Sabbath”. It is full of passion and I regard it as our rallying point. So the energy on stage when we play “Black Sabbath” is absolutely outstanding. I visualize just a huge sound and I mean, it’s a huge sound. I put myself into it wholeheartedly to create as much volume as I can with my symbols… whatever I can to add more to this ominous sound. A typical visual would be “Iron Man”. People say… “How did you begin ‘Iron Man’? How did you create ‘Iron Man’? How do you make people think it’s ‘Iron Man’?” So the only thing I could think of was a bass drum. Ozzy put a vocal on and I could see “Iron Man” — I could visualize “Iron Man”.

Virago Magazine: When I first heard about your art, I never imagined that rhythm could produce images that were so intricate. I looked at a lot of pieces and I was particularly fascinated with the piece “Hello I Don’t Think We’ve Met (Yet)”. I think I stared at that piece for about 25 minutes. I could see so many pictures within a picture.

Bill Ward: There has been some manipulation. It’s true, I created a lot of streams and things but there was a lot of camera work that was put into this, as well. So some of the actual faces and figure heads that you can see in there were created by camera imagery. I’m not sure what these guys did, but I think there were some techniques that they might have used to do that. For me, I didn’t actually paint those while I’m drumming, I can’t bring about that image. So, does it feel like that’s misleading now? Is that upsetting to hear?

Virago Magazine: No, it’s not upsetting to hear I’m just wondering how you felt when you saw that picture. Did you appreciate that they did that…that they manipulated with the cameras or would you have preferred them to stay more organic?

Bill Ward: At the time of doing this, I really didn’t have a whole lot of information on what the cameras were going to materialize. As we were doing the shoot, I would say… “Is everything OK?” I was kind of blind. I was handed different colored sticks and I played as much as I could. I played different beats to create as many shapes as I possibly could and a lot of that shows up on the pictures. However, I didn’t know that there was going to be some camera added work. When I saw it, I was like… “Well, that’s interesting. Not quite sure how I feel about that.” But then I was asked to title the pictures and that was when I felt fully involved. Not only as a drummer playing a fury of drum patterns but involved because I was able to look at the pictures and see that there was a lot more happening to me than I was aware of. I’ve been quite emotional lately over issues that were going on. I’ve been sad. A lot of different feelings. So when I looked at the pictures, I thought… “My God, these pictures really seem to actually show my emotions.” For instance, the piece “Grief”. I have no idea how that picture came about. And when I looked at it the only thing I could think about was grief because I’ve been grieving terribly for about eighteen months. And I felt such sadness. So, when I looked at it, I looked at my grief and that’s when it became personal. That’s when it became vulnerable. That’s when it became much more than playing drums with different types of sticks. It became more than just camera people, three of four different cameras going off, lots of different lighting attitudes what have you. It became more than that. It turned into something really therapeutic, really personal, and really vulnerable.

Read the entire interview at Virago Magazine.



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Groovey.TV recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Groovey.TV: How did the “Absence Of Corners” [Bill‘s collection of fine art created from rhythm] art project all get started?

Bill Ward: Well, the company we are doing this with is called SceneFour and they have a brief history of doing this kind of thing with other drummers, and I guess it was my turn to be asked. [laughs] It was my publicist that introduced me to the idea, and at the time, we didn’t know a whole lot about what this would mean. Because, what happened is, basically, the project has gotten bigger in many ways, that at the time we started, were invisible to us; so it has been a very interesting project in terms of what it has developed into. Originally we were approached by SceneFour. I was asked to do a drum session and for about an hour and a half I played in the dark at our rehearsal studio in Los Angeles with a bunch of cameras and lights and all sorts of strange things aimed at the drum kit. I was kind of wondering what might be going on, but they just said, “Play drums, Bill.” And that’s exactly what I did rather than wondering what they were doing. They knew what they were doing, so you know.

Groovey.TV: Did you get everything you wanted captured in these works?

Bill Ward: I wasn’t sure what I wanted in the first place. That might sound odd, but all I knew was that at that time I was playing and looking at the pictures thinking, “This is okay, this is interesting.” But not long after that they asked me to name the pictures, and that’s when things began to turn around. I caught a glimpse of the picture I call “Grief”, and I began to realize that there might be a lot more going on here than I had thought before. I called it “Grief” because when I looked at it fitted exactly how things had been for me. It was a portrait of some of the emotions, if not all of the emotions, I have been feeling from A to Z since January 2012 up until “Grief”. I didn’t realize that there was something coming out of me that became more than colored sticks making nice patterns and doing different things with me playing drums behind it. I began to see a lot of imagery in the pictures where I was actually able to write about the pictures and also name them. As I did that, as I started naming the pictures, when I started doing that that’s when I realized it was becoming quite therapeutic for me.

Groovey.TV: What are your plans for the rest of the year? What else are you working on?

Bill Ward: Right now we are doing all the promo for this project. I’m also in the studio still trying to finish my album to be which is called “Accountable Beasts”, and we are getting closer ever single week to having that getting complete. It’s been a long time coming but we are in there bit by bit a little bit by bit.

Groovey.TV: Do you have a release date yet?

Bill Ward: I would like to think that it will be out very very soon. I need twenty more days to mix or thereabouts. I could maybe do it in fifteen. Everything is at mix level, so we got about 40 percent more mix on about eight tracks. Then that’s all, we’ve done it, it’s finished.

Groovey.TV: What’s the vibe and feel of “Accountable Beasts”?

Bill Ward: It’s very heavy. It’s very fucking heavy. I play drums on 90% of the tracks. We’ve really gone balls out, you know. When I came off the last BLACK SABBATH tour, I was so ramped up, I could have gone round again one more time. I was full of energy and some of these tracks were laid down literally weeks after I came back. I was inspired to make it loud and make it hardcore, so there’s some strong tracks on “Accountable Beasts”. One of them, we got bass-drum tempos that nearly killed me. [laughs] They’re pretty fast, man. When I see people like Dave Lombardo [SLAYER], who is a buddy of mine, working around these guys, it’s like, “Man, give me some of that.” So I was very inspired after the last BLACK SABBATH tour. I thought the gigs were absolutely brilliant, I thought the band played fantastic, considering everything that was going on we played really well. It really is a stimulant from that, and that’s how the album got started. As time has gone on, and we gradually got more finances into the production, we added more things and written more songs for it. So I’m hoping it will be out quite soon.

Read the entire interview at Groovey.TV.



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“In horror, we are joined together to unveil the ‘Never Live Again’ music video,” proclaims Ancient VVisdom vocalist Nathan Opposition as he reveals the haunting clip for the occult/dark rock group’s new single, taken from sophomore release “Deathlike.” Directed by Nathan Daughdrill (Neight Media), “Never Live Again” can be seen below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting . “In this video,” says Opposition, “we wanted to portray horror and the fine art of self-awakening. The executioner stands as the final act of judgment upon your mortal existence

The post Ancient VVisdom Releases New Video For “Never Live Again” appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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A short video clip of legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward talking about his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm can be seen below.

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Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward is set to debut a groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm on August 1.

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Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward is set to debut a groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm.

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DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen was recently interviewed by the lifestyle program “More Access” on Las Vegas’s Fox 5 television station about his his fine-art debut collection, “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, which is being shown at America’s premiere art gallery, Martin Lawrence Galleries at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas.

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DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen will showcase his fine-art debut collection, “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, at America’s premiere art gallery, Martin Lawrence Galleries at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas.

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Oro, the latest album from the Italian stoner/doom metal outfit Ufomammut was divided into two separate releases. Opus Primum came out earlier this year, and the second half Opus Alter is now available. Ufomammut vocalist/bassist Urlo and guitarist Poia are also part of the Malleus fine art/graphic design collective, and the visual component is an integral part of the band’s work. They fill us in on their latest albums, tour plans, their musical beginnings and other topics.

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