In an extensive new interview with music writer Joel Gausten, original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward offers details on his two upcoming solo albums, “Accountable Beasts” and “Beyond Aston”.
Those familiar with Ward’s 1990 solo debut, “Ward One: Along The Way”, and 1997’s “When The Bough Breaks” know that the music released under his own steam (and often featuring his lead vocals) is usually a reflection of his softer, more soulful side. How does “Accountable Beasts” compare to these two previous releases?
“It’s much tougher; it kicks harder,” he reveals. “Most of the stuff is pretty heavy on it. It’s very current lyrically.”
He continues: “I don’t intend to be current with anything; I just write the music and allow it to just be whatever it is. But when I listened to it in hindsight — we did the final mastering on January 6 of this year — I thought, ‘Oh my God! A lot of the stuff we’re writing about is on TV every day.
“Most of [the album] is about religion; most of it’s about war. It’s the stuff that makes the world turn ’round every day. It’s about people’s souls being ripped to pieces. I guess it could be called morbid, but at the same time I’m also hoping it can be called energizing and respectful lyrically. I’ve worked really hard on trying to produce something that would mean something to the listener who’s drawn in by the music.”
Ward adds: “We got pretty crazy on this one. We just played; it was like, ‘Fuck everything.’ I wanted to go back to a place that I really know well, and that’s playing hard.”
“Accountable Beasts” is expected to arrive on iTunes (complete with an extensive digital booklet) within the next couple of months. Physical copies will also be made available.
Once “Accountable Beasts” is in the world, Ward will devote time to concluding “Beyond Aston”, the solo album he has worked on in bits and pieces since the late ’90s. He plans to be in final mixing mode by this September to finish things off. (One confirmed track, “Poppies”, is an emotional anti-war number inspired by the tradition of wearing a poppy on November 11 in honor of those who perished in battle.) Not surprisingly, Ward couldn’t be more excited to reach this point with “Beyond Aston” after so many years.
“It’s fucking great; it’s beautiful, man,” he says of the album. “I hope other people will like it. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve participated in since ‘Master Of Reality’.”
The complete interview with Ward is available at JoelGausten.com.