Rob Zombie, Slayer and Godsmack Pay Homage to Black Sabbath


Neo-Metal Outfits Gather for "Nativity in Black--Part 2"
Posted Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00am
Family Values '98 participants had their commemorative album, and now it looks like the OzzFest '99 bands will too. Well, sort of. Five years after the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black hit shelves, a slate of neo-metal artists -- seven of whom appear on this year's OzzFest -- will pay homage to the reunited quartet with, appropriately enough, Nativity in Black -- Part 2.

Thus far no artist officially has signed on for the album, but it looks as if two artists who appeared on the first one (not including Sabbath members) will return for the second. Megadeth, who recorded the Grammy nominated "Paranoid" for the first Nativity, tentatively have decided to cover "Never Say Die," while Rob Zombie, who recorded "Children of the Grave" with White Zombie on the original, will go into the studio later this month with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward to record "Fairies Wear Boots." Another collaboration will feature Primus with Ozzy Osbourne, possibly recording "N.I.B," which was covered by Ugly Kid Joe on the first installment.

Other artists expected to appear on Nativity in Black -- Part 2 include Pantera, possibly covering "Electric Funeral," Slayer taking a crack at "Hand of Doom," System of a Down on "Snowblind," Soulfly spicing up "Am I Going Insane" and (hed) pe taking on "Sabbra Cadabra." At press time it was unknown what songs Godsmack and Machine Head were interested in covering. Marilyn Manson has also been contacted to appear on the album, which is slated for release in October on an as-yet unknown record label.

Written by BLAIR R. FISCHER for RollingStone.com News

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