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Black Sabbath


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4 stars Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage look and sound almost identical to me which results in me constantly mixing up which tracks belong to which record. Still, one can't complain about having two great Black Sabbath releases!

It's definitely a surprise that Black Sabbath managed to release an excellent followup to their less inspired Vol 4 and have it not been for Sabotage, I might have started looking for a pattern of a sort where every odd-numbered release is vastly superior to the even-numbered such. Most of the songs on this album have been covered by other artists and that pretty much says everything that needs to be mentioned. These songs are literally what all metal band's that exist today listened to this record while growing up, which might explain why the metal scene of today sound very much like the material on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! Of course, some play these riffs faster, some groove to them in a Post Metal fashion while others continue replicating exactly the same basic pattern incorporated here.

Unfortunately this album is far from the atmospheric complete experience that was offered previously on the debut album and Master Of Reality. This is strictly a song-based album where the individual compositions comprise the overall sum of the experience. Of course it's not much of a problem when you have a record filled with top notch material as it is here, but ultimately this direction would become one of the main reasons behind Sabbath's fall.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is another excellent release from Black Sabbath which is something that can't be taken for granted considering how their story would unfold in a few years time. To me, this album is easily in my Sabbath top three surpassed only by their earlier material. Definitely an album you should check out if you haven't already!

***** star songs: Sabbra Cadabra (5:55)

**** star songs: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (5:42) A National Acrobat (6:16) Fluff (4:10) Killing Yourself To Live (5:40) Who Are You? (4:10) Looking For Today (4:59) Spiral Architect (5:29)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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