Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Etc. Producer Martin Birch Passes Away

Martin Birch has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The legendary producer is known for his work with Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, and more. You can find various tributes for Birch below:

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RIP Martin Birch (1948 – 2020) A man of many nicknames… and simply one of the greatest people we have ever worked with. Steve Harris: “He was just absolutely brilliant. He wasn’t just a producer, he was a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound. He was also fantastic at motivating people; he just had a knack of getting the best out of you. He was also a really nice man, great fun with a terrific sense of humour and that made him easy to work with. We all got along with him really well and the whole band is very saddened by today’s news.” Bruce Dickinson: “To me, Martin was a mentor who completely transformed my singing: he was a psychotherapist and in his own words a juggler who could mirror exactly what a band was. That was his special talent as a producer. He was not a puppeteer, he did not manipulate the sound of the band, he just reflected it in the best possible way. Apart from all of that he was a wonderful, warm & funny human being. Martin & I shared a passion for martial arts – he for karate and me for fencing which gave us another bond too. I’m so very sad to hear this news, it’s incredible that he has passed away at such a young age for a man who was so full of life.” Rod Smallwood: “He was a fantastic guy who always shared a mutual respect with the band. He never, ever, let us down in the studio. He was a true gentleman and he will be hugely missed by everyone in the Maiden Family." Albums produced by Martin Birch: 1981 – Killers 1982 – The Number of the Beast 1983 – Piece of Mind 1984 – Powerslave 1985 – Live After Death 1986 – Somewhere in Time 1988 – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 1990 – No Prayer for the Dying 1992 – Fear of the Dark 1994 – Maiden England '88 #IronMaiden #MartinBirch #Legend

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A true legend has passed! This man produced some of my favorite albums from Iron Maiden (Killers/The Number of the Beast) to Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell/The Mob Rules). His pronounced kick drum spikes on critical downbeats were the cornerstones of his heavy sound. I do recall our then-manager Ron Lafitte and I discussing producers for the "Countdown To Extinction" album (in 1991) where Martin's name was discussed and a phone call made to him. But, he was ready to retire so it was not to be. RIP Martin Birch…. #martinbirch #Repost @imbnoticias with @make_repost ・・・ É com grande pesar que noticiamos o falecimento de Martin Birch (71), o lendário produtor musical que assinou os discos clássicos do Iron Maiden, indo do álbum "Killers" ao "Fear Of The Dark", sendo este último o seu último trabalho antes da aposentadoria. Martin também foi produtor musical de outras grandes bandas e artistas como Dio, John Lord, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake e entre tantos outros grandes expoentes do rock. Vá em paz, Martin. #MartinBirch #IronMaiden #Killers #TheNumberOfTheBeast #PieceOfMind #Powerslave #SomewhereInTime #SeventhSonOfASeventhSon #NoPrayerForTheDying #FearOfTheDark #LiveAfterDeath #RestInPeace #BlackSabbath #DeepPurple #Rainbow #Whitesnake.

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Black Sabbath To Release 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Of “Paranoid”

Black Sabbath will be releasing a 50th anniversary super deluxe edition of “Paranoid“ on October 9. The effort will be available as a 5-LP set and as a 4-CD set. Here’s a description of the vinyl set:

“PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.”

Track Listing:

LP 1: Original Album:

Side A:

“War Pigs“/ “Luke’s Wall”
“Paranoid”
“Planet Caravan”
“Iron Man”

Side B:

“Electric Funeral”
“Hand Of Doom”
“Rat Salad”
“Jack The Stripper” / “Fairies Wear Boots”

LP 2: Quadradisc Mix in Stereo (WS4 1887) (1974):

Side C:

“War Pigs” / “Luke’s Wall”
“Paranoid”
“Planet Caravan”
“Iron Man”

Side D:

“Electric Funeral”
“Hand Of Doom”
“Rat Salad”
“Jack The Stripper” / “Fairies Wear Boots”

LP 3: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part One):

Side E:

“Intro”
“Paranoid”
“N.I.B.”
“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”

Side F:

“Iron Man”
“War Pigs”

LP 4: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part Two)/Live in Brussels 1970 (Part One):

Side G:

“Fairies Wear Boots”
“Hand Of Doom”

Side H:

“Paranoid”
“Hand Of Doom”
“Rat Salad”
“Iron Man”

LP 5: Live in Brussels 1970 (Part Two):

Side J:

“Black Sabbath”
“N.I.B.”

Side K:

“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
“War Pigs”
“Fairies Wear Boots”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Watch Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Cover Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” With Marcus King

During his livestream show in Nashville, TN last night (July 27), Marcus King was joined onstage by Mastodon’s Brent Hinds for covers of ZZ Top‘s “Thunderbird” and Black Sabbath‘s “Electric Funeral.“ Footage of the Black Sabbath cover is available below. The performance was part of King’s benefit show series for MusiCares.

[via The PRP]

Zakk Sabbath Stream Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”

Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), and Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age), are streaming their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath.” With this news, the group have also confirmed that their tribute to Black Sabbath‘s 1970 self-titled album will now be released on September 4. Their version of the effort will be called “Vertigo” and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

[via Rolling Stone]

Black Sabbath Release Black Lives Matter Shirt For Charity

After Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt featuring the font of Black Sabbath‘s “Masters Of Reality,” the band decided to release an official version of it to raise money for Black Lives Matter. You can purchase that HERE. This news comes after Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler commented on Morello’s original post saying: “Nice shirt & nice sentiment & awesome mum.”

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My 96 yr old mom has been a tireless advocate for Black Lives her whole life. From being a foreign student advisor at the Univ. of Illinois, to teaching in Kenya and supporting the anti-colonial movement there, to teaching African Studies and bringing a radical perspective to a white conservative high school for 30 yrs, to being a member of the Illinois Urban League and campaigning for civil rights, to helping homeless African American men get their GED at the Salvation Army, to telling anybody who came at our family with any racist garbage to go straight to hell, to arming me with pride & confidence, to being a lifelong proponent of racial justice and ruthless critic of racist police. Proud to stand with her today, as always, in solidarity in the fight for a more just and humane country & planet. (Photo by Rhoads Morello)

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Megadeth, Testament, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has joined forces with Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Belanger Roy for a quarantine cover of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World.” You can check that out below:

Phil commented:

“As the anniversary of Ronnie’s passing was getting close, I reached out to Dino Jelusić to see if he’d be into singing on this tune. I saw him sing with TSO a few years back and thought he was awesome, but watching a vid of him cover the Badlands song “The Last Time” blew me the fuck away. A Sabbath/Dio cover needs to nailed. It had to be him. I next hit up my Bay-Area Brother, Steve Di Giorgio to do the Geezer parts. We’d known each for about 35 years but never jammed together. I thought he’d be perfect.

The intro is pretty layered. Steve had suggested we get real strings and brought in Julie Belanger Roy, she then layed down both a viola and violin track. My wife Marta found a keyboard patch that sounds sooooo close to the original and they NAIL it, all the way to the descending slide. I asked Steve about drummers and he mentioned he knew Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork/Megadeth and could reach out. I had just watched Dirk play with Devin Townsend on the 70K Tons cruise and loved watching him play. A world-class drummer.

Sounds like SDG put this line-up together? He pretty much did. Juan Urteaga got a slamming mix together and Scott Kirkeeng played around with the RotoScope effect you see on the vid.

So much appreciation and thanks to all the above for the effort. This is done for fun and for the love of music, and this song was done in tribute of a man we ALL admire and carry the torch for. RJD RIP”

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Says He Has New Music “In The Pipeline”

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) was asked about the possibility of new music once again. The guitarist responded by saying that he already has new material “in the pipeline.”

Iommi said the following:

“I want to start putting some stuff down. I was putting ideas down last year, but I haven’t done anything with them as yet. I’ve been working on and off with Mike Exeter, who has been my engineer for years now, remixing [Black Sabbath’s 1995 effort] ‘Forbidden’, the old Tony Martin/Cozy Powell/Neil Murray record, and we’ve really taken our time with that. But I said to Mike, ‘Once we’ve got this out of the way, we need to start putting these riffs down.’ So it’s in the pipeline.”

He also added the following when asked if he knows how is planning to present the music:

“I might do some stuff for films or for a TV series or something. I’d like to just get everything down and then decide if I’m going to have a singer or what else. But I’ve got hundreds of riffs. Brian May [Queen] came over a few months ago and we sat outside and I was playing him some of them. And he said, ‘You’ve got to do something with these — we’ve got to do something with these.’ Because we’ve talked about putting some stuff down. So I gave him three or four CDs full of riffs and he took off with them. And you know, he’s busy with Queen stuff all the time. But when the time is right, I suppose we will do something.”

Tony Iommi Says He Is “Not Opposed” To Playing More Shows With Black Sabbath

During an interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” Tony Iommi discussed Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, which came to an end in 2017. Notably, the guitarist also said he would be open to playing more shows with the band:

“I think that it would be good, if we could do that. The hard thing is, certainly with SABBATH, because it’s such a big thing, you can’t just do an occasional show, because of the crew, and you have the whole setup. It would have to be a year or an 18-month tour… I’m not opposed to doing anything; I just would do it in a different way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Grim Reaper Members Reunite For Quarantine Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell”

Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett recently reunited with guitarist Nick Bowcott for a quarantine cover of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell.” The two were also joined by bassist Brian Hollenbeck (Hairball) and drummer Joel Stevenett.

Thou, The Soft Moon, Marissa Nadler, Etc. Cover Black Sabbath For New Tribute Album

A new tribute to Black Sabbath’s self-titled album has been released digitally via Bandcamp. Physical copies will be available on May 29. Here’s the track listing:

01. The Soft Moon – “Black Sabbath”
02. Molchat Doma – “Небеса и Ад” (“Heaven And Hell“)
03. Thou – “Supernaut”
04. Marissa Nadler – “Solitude”
05. Hilary Woods – “N.I.B.”
06. Zola Jesus – “Changes”
07. Moon Duo – “Planet Caravan”
08. Dean Hurley – “Warning” (Bar Band Version)
09. Uniform – “Symptom Of The Universe”