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Black Sabbath


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4.24 | 1034 ratings

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4 stars This is a review of the European version

In which category do we put this album ? PA has got it right. But in the wider context, is it heavy-blues, heavy metal, hard rock, rock or prog ? BLACK SABBATH as a whole is difficult to describe because Tony Iommi tore up all rulebooks and created his own universe. A dark one, it is.

The opening track; the song that gave the name to both this album and the band, is just pure brilliance. One of the best ever songs released in the hard rock/heavy metal bracket. It's blend of horror movies themes, blues and hard rock is unsurpassed to this day. Everyone has copied the formula from this song. In particular the Norwegian black metal scene. I love the blues riffs in the middle of the song. I think it is one of the best songs of all time. Nuff said. The second song The Wizard is a very bluesy song and a contrast to the opening track. Behind the Wall of Sleep gives the psychodelia scene a nod and a wink. A complex song. N.I.B has some cool blues riffs too. Evil Woman is a pop song and the weakest track on this album. The only weak track, in fact. Both Sleeping Village and Warning is two excellent heavy-blues songs.

In my view; this album is a cornerstone of modern music. Pop, rock, heavy metal, jazz.... call it whatever you like. I would put it in the same bracket as the debut album of LED ZEPPELIN. It was recorded in a matter of hours in a back-alley studio and it sold millions over night. It is probably one of the biggest money makers ever taken costs vs. income into consideration. It is also an iconic album, slightly blighted by this Evil Woman track. This is a must-have album.

4.25 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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