Under the Graveyard

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"Under the Graveyard"
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Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Ordinary Man
Released8 November 2019 (2019-11-08)
Recorded2019 (2019)
Genre
Length4:57
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Andrew Watt
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"Take What You Want"
(2019)
"Under the Graveyard"
(2019)
"Straight to Hell"
(2019)

"Under the Graveyard" is a song by English heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne. Written and produced with Andrew Watt, it was released as the vocalist's first single in nine years on 8 November 2019. The song was released on Osbourne's twelfth studio album Ordinary Man in 2020, which was his first album since Scream in 2010. The song features Watt on guitar, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The song reached number one on the US Mainstream Rock chart in December 2019.[2] A music video for the song, which was teased on Osbourne's official Twitter, was released on 19 December 2019.[3][4][5] The song has been described as a "massive", "booming", "searing" and "epic" power ballad by Music Mayhem, Billboard, Revolver and Ghost Cult magazines, respectively.[6][7][8][9]

Background[edit]

Osbourne recorded "Under the Graveyard" after working with rapper Post Malone, Travis Scott, and guitarist/producer Andrew Watt on the single "Take What You Want". The song was written by Osbourne and Watt with songwriter Ali Tamposi and drummer Chad Smith, who also performs on the track. Speaking about the recording, the vocalist commented that "Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings. I previously had said to Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager] I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going, 'I haven't got the fucking strength.' But Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album."[10][11]

Ozzy Osbourne was 70 years old when the song was made. He had recently faced severe life threatening illness in 2019 with a stay in intensive care for severe respiratory disease. He also was seriously injured in a fall - a leading cause of death in people of his demographic. He also has a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease - an incurable neurodegenerative disease.

Reception[edit]

Writing for the website Loudwire, Joe DiVita described "Under the Graveyard" as "a non-traditional song for Ozzy", claiming that "the newfound influence presents itself in the genre-hopping arrangement".[12] DiVita went on to add that "Fuzz-drenched lead guitars, romping bass lines and alt-rock undertones make this one hard to define. The frontman's performance is strong and reflective, admitting past mistakes while exposing vulnerability and inner conflict."[12]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song You Need to Know: Ozzy Osbourne's Heavy Elegy 'Under the Graveyard'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne on Twitter: "Full Video Coming Thursday"". Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne on Twitter: "Tomorrow!"". Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Under the Graveyard official video". Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Releases First Single In Nearly 10 Years With 'Under The Graveyard'". Music Mayhem Magazine. November 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Prepping 'Ordinary Man' Album, Releases Raging 'Under the Graveyard' Single: Listen". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Hear Ozzy Osbourne Face Mortality on New Solo Song "Under the Graveyard"". Revolver. November 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Team, News (November 8, 2019). "Ozzy Osborne Shares New Single - "Under The Graveyard"". Ghost Cult Magazine.
  10. ^ Cerio, Michael (8 November 2019). "World Premiere: Ozzy Osbourne Rises Again on 'Under the Graveyard'". Radio.com. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. ^ Trendell, Andrew (8 November 2019). "Ozzy Osbourne faces up to mortality on new single 'Under The Graveyard' – listen". NME. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  12. ^ a b DiVita, Joe (8 November 2019). "Ozzy Osbourne Releases First New Song in Nine Years". Loudwire. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  13. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Hot Rock & Alternative Songs – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved 5 December 2020.

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