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19th April 2013

black sabbath 13
Ozzy Osbourne and Robert Plant

Lemmy once said that if Motorhead moved in next door to you, your lawn would die. Well apparently, the opposite might just be true as a study by horticultural students who tested the effects of music on plants came up with the following.

TV gardener Chris Beardshaw tells told Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time that a constant diet of Black Sabbath worked wonders – but plants exposed to Cliff Richard songs all died.

Panellist Beardshaw, who has also been a familiar face on BBC2's Gardener's World over the years, said using rock music as a nutrient appeared to create larger flowers and although the plants themselves were shorter, they were more disease-resistant.

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The test came about because one of his horticultural students wanted to write a dissertation based on the effects of music on plants.

He said: "We had one greenhouse that was silent and we had one that was played classical music, one that was played Cliff Richard and one that was played Black Sabbath.

"The ones with Black Sabbath – great big, thumping noise, rowdy music – they were the shortest, but they had the best flowers and the best resistance to pest and disease.

"It was alstroemerias we were growing and we bombarded these glasshouses with sound for the life of the plant.

"Those in the Cliff Richard house all died. Sabotage was suspected but we couldn't prove it," he said.

Sabbath have released the first track from the forthcoming new album '13' and it's called 'God Is Dead'. It's incredibly good and you can hear it in the player at the bottom of this page.

'13' comes out in June and is the first album featuring Ozzy, Tony and Geezer since 1978s 'Never Say Die'.

Sabbath kick off their touring duties in New Zealand on Saturday. Tony Iommi said: "We're finally out on the road and remembering what jet lag really is this far away from home.

"In the meantime, we've been doing some press and had an album-listening party. Seems to be well received, which is great news!"

Black Sabbath are playing the following UK dates later this year...

10/12/2013 O2 Arena, London
12/12/2013 Odyssey Arena, Belfast
14/12/2013 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
16/12/2013 The Hydro, Glasgow
20/12/2013 LG Arena, Birmingham
22/12/2013 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

'13' can be pre-ordered now from by clicking here.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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