Black Sabbath completely changed the face of rock music with this album. This pioneered modern metal music. It was so incredibly different for the time, almost entirely ditching the blues roots of rock music for something much more sinister. The instrumentals tell an intriguing and somewhat ghastly sounding story. The lyrics unfortunately lack somewhat, but Ozzy's delivery more than make up for that. This album is a must listen for anyone who has ever enjoyed metal music. This whole album was recorded in 2 days and for 600 pounds, which is astounding, considering the massive impact it made on rock music for decades to come. 5/5 - @ecozones of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
who in the hell stole the cd from the library?,the prince of darkness will haunt you!!
This is a good album as a first album however personally I don't think it is; their best album. That being said if you enjoy the group or the type of music this one is not out of place in your library.
Let's say your kid comes to you one day and says "Daddy, what's heavy metal?" You play him "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath on the album "Black Sabbath." This is metal's patient zero. Released in 1970 and supposedly just recorded in a day, the Birmingham quartet's debut was critically savaged ("bulls*** necromancy" was a typical review), but it launched a thousand bands and still, over 40 years later, sounds dark and heavy, like nothing that came before. Everything from the cover to the band name to the vaguely evil lyrics would become the blueprint for metal. "Paranoid" and "Master of Reality" are more popular, but this comes on like a slab of concrete to the face and its darkness and murky roar were much more in touch with the times than all the hippie crap. We were living in evil times and Sabbath was channeling it. File under: Heavy. Heavy Duty. Rock and Roll.
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