Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath review
|Release date:||February 1970|
01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep
04. Bassically / N.I.B.
05. Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Game With Me) [Crow cover]
06. A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village
07. Warning [Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation cover]
08. Wicked World [bonus]
Disc II [2009 Deluxe Edition Bonus CD]
01. Wicked World [Single B-side]
02. Black Sabbath [Studio Out-take]
03. Black Sabbath [Instrumental version]
04. The Wizard [Studio Out-take]
05. Behind The Wall Of Sleep [Studio Out-take]
06. N.I.B. [Instrumental version]
07. Evil Woman [Alternative version]
08. Sleeping Village [Intro]
09. Warning [Part 1]
Black Sabbath is not an ordinary album. It's the one that gave birth to our beloved metal genre. It was recorded back in 1970. At that time, although the spotlight was on the popular rock'n'roll groups which were constantly producing new "hits", Black Sabbath managed to compose the first heavy metal album ever.
The sound is heavy, the tempos are slow, the distorted riffs are clear and memorable. The bass parts make the instrument work as a second guitar and the drums sound deep and clear playing a great variety of fill ins while following the main guitar riff. Ozzy's thick vocals couldn't have worked better. There are some obvious blues elements [don't forget that Black Sabbath-Polka Tulk- were a heavy blues group] especially in the solos but this is not a problem, not at all.
The harmonica in 'The Wizard' song might sound a bit weird but it gives to it a characteristic sense. In this album there are also two covers: 'Evil Woman [don't you play your games with me]' and 'The Warning'.
The song themes are dark and the lyrics are plain, accurate and sometimes melodramatic. The rhyme might seem a little ordinary but it certainly isn't if you think that Black Sabbath were the first in the genre to put these words in order. My favorite quote is: "Look into my eyes you'll see who I am/My name's Lucifer please take my hand"
The creepy sound combined with the dark lyrical content resulted in the emergence of a chaotic evil atmosphere. I wonder what were the reactions of the people who listened to this album when it first came out back in the 70s. All true metalheads should own this album.
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