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Black Sabbath


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3 stars Black Sabbath meet the sinister Mr. mature mediocrity in...

Master of Reality! [page after page of enhanced comic book doom action inside!]

Black sabbath were fresh off the poisoned gravy train with Paranoid, and decided to follow it up with another metal release in the same vein. The songs here are biting, and doom-laden at their best. This is metal.


This is also banal metal, with simplicity reigning supreme. The songs get your head banging, but the lyrics are rather weak, and they can't seem to stick to one winning formula for their songs, here. Iommi lets out some fantastic riffs, and Ozzy doesn't utterly offend me, here, but I've heard better.

Then everything picks up. Embryo is captivating, and an excellent intro to an album highlight. Children of the Grave is simply stunning. That riff is glorious, and it sounds so evil. This is how Sabbath could be if they tried. Ozzy fits in well, here. The guitars scream bloody murder, and it drips doom fire. A classic.


They try drowning in it, because like a carbon copy, Orchid comes in with its mediocre strings. I suppose as an introduction to the hard and heavy Lords of this World? this song feels weakly produced, but is a pumping metal track. The solo here is another solid Iommi one. Another rocking highlight, but not perfect. Solitude is ok, but Sabbath try too hard to sound like an intelligent doom rock band, which they aren't. And Ozzy is weak, in this song. The sounds used are mediocre, but nice. to be fair, the song is good. I like it, and feel it has a good atmosphere. One of my favorite's on the album, perhaps.


Into The Void is prototypical doom metal, and the best song on here. The riff is herculean, and the song is dark and heavy. the instrumentation is strong, and Ozzy doesn't completely butcher everything. The best possible closer.

I might be a bit harsh to this album, but it is a bit unfocused, the songs are not complex, Orchid is an absolute waste of time, and the entire album reeks of mediocrity. Leave it to Black Sabbath to begin ripping themselves off. Three Stars.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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