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5 stars Who could predict that Black Sabbath would get better after Paranoid? Apparently only those who considered that album not to be as great as its status may imply!

Not only is Master Of Reality my favorite Black Sabbath release but it's also easily among my top 10 favorite albums of all time! An album of this status can't be merely a combination of the best qualities from the first two Sabbath releases. On contrary, I would actually argue that this record sounds nothing like those two albums and the sooner you'll accept it the easier it will be for you to get into the groove!

I'd say that Master Of Reality also happens to be as progressive as Black Sabbath would ever get, which is why I was surprised to see such a poor reception of this release. I'm not saying that this music is any close to the progressive rock scene of its time but there is a definite Heavy Prog vibe in compositions like After Forever and Into The Void. For me, it's the mere fact that there is not a single weak track and an excellent mystical atmosphere embedded into the music that makes it enough reason to call it a masterpiece. I'm not really planing to break this album into the individual moments since, just like Black Sabbath's debut album, Master Of Reality is not about the particular moments but more about that perfect flow that surrounds all of its material. The only side note I will mention is that this is the record where Tony Iommi started adding short guitar interludes between some of the songs which would become somewhat of a trademark for him on future albums.

Master Of Reality is quite an important album in my collection because of its uniqueness in the sea of excellent and not so much releases from Black Sabbath. I urge everyone to experience this complete masterpiece of an album since, to me, this is not only the best Black Sabbath album but also the most accomplished Hard Rock album ever put on tape!

***** star songs: Sweet Leaf (5:02) After Forever (5:25) Embryo (0:20) Children Of The Grave (5:23) Orchid (1:30) Lord Of This World (5:24)

**** star songs: Solitude (5:02) Into The Void (6:12)

Rune2000 | 5/5 |


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