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SABOTAGE

Black Sabbath

 

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The Crow
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4 stars The last great album from the first Ozzy Osbourne's era!

This time, with the help of producer Mike Butcher, they created a very solid album which supposed a little return to their roots after the more commercial and bland Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. The sound of the album is fantastic, especially the Iommi's mammoth guitars and the playful Butler's bass lines.

The drugs and alcohol problems that the band was suffering at that time had not affected the quality of their music yet and Sabotage deserves to be remembered as another seminal record, obligated to understand the heavy metal explosion at the end of the 70's.

Best Tracks: Hole in the Sky (pure Black Sabbath heavy metal!), Symptom of the Universe (along with Queen's Stone Cold Crazy, this was one of the first thrash metal riffs in history), Megalomania (one of their most progressive, catchy and incredible compositions) and The Writ (another seminal track for the development of Stoner Rock)

Conclusion: despite not being so relevant these days, Sabotage is my favorite Black Sabbath album after Master of Reality. Not so pompous and commercial like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath but far more progressive and complex.

Sadly, after Sabotage the band entered in an unstoppable downward spiral.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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