Ozzy Osbourne may have put his No More Tours 2 North American swing on ice while he gets treatment for Parkinson’s, but that doesn’t mean the Blizzard of Ozz isn’t still firmly behind the engine of his crazy train. A day before the release of his long-awaited Ordinary Man album (Feb. 21), Ozzy finally unleashed his anticipated latest collab with new pal Post Malone. And it was well worth the wait.
“It’s a Raid” is a blitz of screaming metal that finds Osbourne in classic spooky grandpa mode, wailing about voices breathing through the phone, never feeling alone and the horrifying revelation that God is actually Satan, and he’s waiting right here for you.
“Out in Hollywood, I’ve been locked up for seven days/ I’m never coming out/ Why do i feel my life accelerate/ I’m never coming down,” Osbourne sings on the chorus over raging, double-kick drums and a wall of high-speed guitars. Leaving behind his hip-hop cadence, Posty straight up sings in his best Ozzy bellow, lamenting, “Outside my window, there’s a silhouette/ My rifle’s right beside my bed/ Hold on, I’m runnin’ out of cigarettes/ F–k!”
The thundering track ends with a final raging chorus featuring both singers and some flat-out shouting of the title over a light speed guitar solo. Osbourne’s first solo album since 2010’s Scream will feature Malone, as well as Golden Globe winner Elton John, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Slash, who appears on the recently released song “Straight to Hell.” The album was recorded in Los Angeles and features producer Andrew Watt playing guitar, as well as Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Listen to “It’s a Raid” below.