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BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD's First Solo Album In 18 Years

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 9:35 AM


Accountable Beasts Out Now

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Bill Ward, the original drummer for heavy metal icons BLACK SABBATH, has released his new solo album, called Accountable Beasts, his first in 18 years. The album was released on iTunes and features Ward's drumming on seven of the album's nine tracks, as well as contributions from his longtime collaborators Keith Lynch (guitar, keyboards), Paul Ill (bass) and Ronnie Ciago (drums), along with drummer Walter Earl and an array of session singers, including Ward's daughter Emily.

Accountable Beasts tracklist:

  • “Leaf Killers”
  • “Accountable Beasts”
  • “Katastrophic World”
  • “D.O.T.H.”
  • "First Day Back”
  • “As It Is In Heaven’
  • “Ashes”
  • “Straws”
  • “The Wall Of Death”
Ward spoke with noted independent music writer and author Joel Gausten about Accountable Beasts. Those familiar with Ward's 1990 solo debut Ward One: Along The Way and 1997's When The Bough Breaks know that the music released under his own steam (and often featuring his lead vocals) is usually a reflection of his softer, more soulful side. How does Accountable Beasts compare to these two previous releases?

“It's much tougher; it kicks harder,” he reveals. “Most of the stuff is pretty heavy on it. It's very current lyrically. I don't intend to be current with anything; I just write the music and allow it to just be whatever it is. But when I listened to it in hindsight - we did the final mastering on January 6th of this year - I thought, 'Oh my God! A lot of the stuff we're writing about is on TV every day. Most of [the album] is about religion; most of it's about war. It's the stuff that makes the world turn 'round every day. It's about people's souls being ripped to pieces. I guess it could be called morbid, but at the same time I'm also hoping it can be called energizing and respectful lyrically. I've worked really hard on trying to produce something that would mean something to the listener who's drawn in by the music.”

“We got pretty crazy on this one,” he adds. “We just played; it was like, 'Fuck everything.' I wanted to go back to a place that I really know well, and that's playing hard.”

“It's fucking great; it's beautiful, man,” he says of the album. “I hope other people will like it. I think it's one of the best things I've participated in since Master Of Reality.”

Read the entire interview right HERE.


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