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If you’re a fan of Ozzy Osbourne, the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Zakk Wylde. Zakk had the dubious distinction of taking the guitar helm after Jake E. Lee and expected to pick up where legend Randy Rhoads left off. Little did that twenty three year old kid know that he’d one day carve out such a deep niche that people would no longer be uttering Zakk’s name after Randy’s, but along side of his. That’s quite an accomplishment for someone who helped usher in Ozzy’s most successful period in music. As a guitar player, his reputation precedes him. As a student of music, he is intensely serious about embracing it in all of its forms.

Have you ever watched a movie that made such an impression on you that you couldn’t help but ponder the essential beauty of it for days? It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does you kind of feel your heart racing and your mind churning in a million directions all at once. That’s kind of what happened to me as I was watching this feature film called, “It Might Get Loud”…

On Christmas 2009, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan handed in a demo for a song he had written entitled “Death” and proclaimed, “That’s it, that’s the last song for this record.” Three days later, the Avenged Sevenfold drummer was found in his home, dead from a lethal mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. Tomorrow, A7X will release that record, now called Nightmare, which is not only the last physical recording of The Rev’s legacy, but also his tribute.