Ozzy Osbourne’s first album following his departure from Black Sabbath might be his best one. Based upon how many times I heard the Blizzard of Ozz playing 7 years later in college, this one album kickstarted Ozzy’s brand. Despite all of the sideshows of Ozzy’s career, the Blizzard of Ozz inspired me to find a similar sound in the Christian music industry.
Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great! You are clothed with honor and majesty—Psalm 104:1
This quest finally ended in 1992 when I was introduced to the Last Train album by Holy Soldier. While there is only one Ozzy, Holy Soldier provides a similar heavy metal sound with biblically based lyrics. I could have selected a half dozen songs from Last Train, but Hallow’s Eve is the most popular. This genre may not be your cup of tea, but I hope you can share Holy Soldier with someone who does.
by Jay Mankus