ZAKK SABBATH, the Black Sabbath all-star cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl’ast!) will release the limited edition Live In Detroit LP via Southern Lord Recordings on June 16th. Check out the live clip below.
War Pigs” is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath from their 1970 album Paranoid. It is generally understood that the song is a protest against the Vietnam War; however, when the band played “War Pigs” live in the mid-1970s, scenes from World War II were projected for audiences.
As explained in the liner notes of the band’s live album Reunion, the original title of the song was “Walpurgis”, dealing with a witches’ sabbath. The title, lyrics, and theme were subsequently changed during the recording of Paranoid. An early version, with the original theme, can be found on Ozzy Osbourne’s compilation The Ozzman Cometh.
“War Pigs” is the opening track on Paranoid, Black Sabbath’s best-selling album. It can also be found in every live and compilation album by the band except Cross Purposes Live, along with “Paranoid” itself and “Iron Man”. The outro to “War Pigs” has its own name, “Luke’s Wall” (named in homage to the band’s two-man road crew, Geoff “Luke” Lucas and Spock Wall) and features a more melodic tone than the rest of the song. The last few seconds of the track feature the sound of the tape speeding up, changing tempo and pitch.