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BLACK SABBATH

Black Sabbath

 

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Gatot
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4 stars Did Heavy Metal Start Here?

Hmmm .... finally Black Sabbath is added here. Some people has claimed that Black Sabbath pioneered the heavy metal genre through the release of this legendary heavy metal album. Ronnie James Dio, who sang with Black Sabbath from 1979 to 1982, said , "Let's face it, [Black Sabbath] was the first heavy metal band, a band that stepped on buildings when they came to town.". Yeah! Do you think so? Well, I think so as a band who consistently played heavy metal music. But if people say that Black Sabbath was the one who started heavy metal, I would not think so. I think King Crimson did, especially with the "21st Century of Schizoid Man" which was truly a heavy metal music and it was released in 1969, before the birth of Black Sabbath debut album (1970). Well, the boys in Black Sabbath started jamming sometime in 1968 and basically they played their music through jamming until it made up an album. The band's history started in Birmingham where as Bill Ward put it, there was only three options availble for young men in Birmingham at that time: work in a factory, play a music or go to jail (as Ozzy experienced it at that time). The debate on who started heavy metal has been around for such a long time but I don't want to discuss or raise any debate on this. I respect your standpoint if you say differently from me, it's okay. But for me, the one who started heavy metal was King Crimson. The only difference was that King Crimson only played one heavy metal song in their debut album "In The Court of The Crimson King" while Black Sabbath was consistent with it for their next albums.

This album delivers excellent music that combines powerful riffs, great guitar solo, inventive bass guitar and dazzling drum work. The opening track "Black Sabbath" was actually the first song the band created from various jamming they did. This is the key characteristic of Black Sabbath early history: most of the compositions were resulted from jammin. The band members were proficient musician so that the recording of all songs were taken "live" and first take! The Black Sabbath name was taken from a horror movie made in Italy. The band members commented that if people are willing to pay to get scared off when watching a movie, why not making a band with horror nuance? So, the result is the Black Sabbath name and the very dark cover. All tracks offered here at their first album are all excellent and the masterpiece is for me the last ones: "A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning". This album is highly recommended for those who love heavy metal and those young men who love any kind of modern metal. Keep on rockin' ...!

Remember, King Crimson started heavy metal through "21st Century of Schizoid Man"! JRENG!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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