Metal albums you need to hear this week: September 9 2022

1. Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9

13 might be unlucky for some, but for Ozzy Osbourne it’s a magic number as he returns with an all-star guestlist for a follow up to 2020’s superb Ordinary Man. Working again with wunderkind producer Andrew Watt, Oz has rediscovered some of the manic energy that was perhaps lacking on the last record, guitarists ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Zakk Wydle and Tony Iommi all lending their considerable talents to a solid, triumphant outing on Patient Number 9

2. Parkway Drive – Darker Still

Parkway Drive haven’t hid the fact they’ve been having a tough time of things lately. Forced to cancel a planned US tour to address personal relationships that were at fraying point and noticably enraged in an interview in this month’s Metal Hammer, the band even opened up that they had been seeking band therapy a la Metallica’s Some Kind Of Monster. Thankfully, Darker Still isn’t some St. Anger style misstep – it is a continuation of Parkway’s arena-sized ambitions, a Black Album style step-up worthy of the big leagues to which the Aussies now undoubtedly belong. 

3. Stray From The Path – Euthanasia

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