Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi evoke vintage Black Sabbath on Ozzy's new single Degradation Rules

Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne has released Degradation Rules as the second single from his forthcoming Patient Number 9 album, and the track sees him reunited with his old Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi.

Degradation Rules is one of two songs on Osbourne's follow-up to 2020's Ordinary Man to feature his former Sabbath colleague Iommi on guitar: the other is the album's fourth track No Escape From Now.

Sonically, Degradation Rules evokes the spirit of vintage Black Sabbath, not least with the blasts of harmonica on the introduction, which calls to mind Sabbath classic The Wizard.

"Twisted little fantasy, gambling with tragedy and doom," sings Ozzy at the outset. "Addicted to debauchery, staring at the ceiling in his room."

Ozzy has previously hailed his old friend's contribution to the album, saying "It was really great working with Tony. He's the riff master. No one can touch him in that respect. I only wish we had these songs for Black Sabbath's 13 album."

Patient Number 9 is set for release on September 9, and also features cameos from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, the late Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith, Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.