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Black Sabbath


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4 stars This is a very good album that could be considered to be proto-prog metal. It is not entirely progressive, but more so than what the band had released before.

'Hole in the Sky' is a straight forward Sab song, with very odd lyrics. It has great heavy riffs, and a great chorus. It stops very suddenly to give way to 'Don't Start (Too Late)', a short acoustic guitar piece, that serves as an intro to 'Symptom of the Universe'. 'Symptom' is easily the best track on the album, and its unusual composition back my claim of this album being progressive. It starts off as heavy metal song, but half way through meanders off into a psychedelic jam of top quality. 'Megalomania' is a ten minute epic with some very oppressive-sounding vocals. This is a good piece, but not as varied as 'Symptom'. 'Thrill of it All' is similar in feel to 'Hole in the Sky', but without a cachy chorus. 'Supertzar' is very effective and combines traditional Sabbath riffing with some kind of chant. 'Am I Going Insane (Radio)' is a more commercial track, and reminds me of 'Paranoid' a bit. This one is probably the weakest song on the album. The laughing that joins this track with 'The Writ' is truly haunting, and listening to it in the dark is literally scary. 'The Writ' is a piece with a similar feel to 'Megalomania', but more interesting IMO. It finishes with a random snippet of unrelated talking and music that confuses me.

I should add that this album is really dark, and is the musical equivalent of a horror story (not that it tells any kind of story). I would rate this album four stars, but only just, although I listen to it more than Paranoid which I rated four stars.

burtonrulez | 4/5 |


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