BLACK SABBATH – Metal Monster Album ‘MASTER OF REALITY’ Released 50 Years Ago Today

21 July 2021

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017 / 19 studio albums

Album: MASTER OF REALITY
Released: 21 July 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: #5 in the UK, #8 in the US

AllMusic wrote: “The shortest album of Black Sabbath’s glory years, Master of Reality is also their most sonically influential work. Here Tony Iommi began to experiment with tuning his guitar down three half-steps to C#, producing a sound that was darker, deeper, and sludgier than anything they’d yet committed to record. (This trick was still being copied 25 years later by every metal band looking to push the limits of heaviness, from trendy nu-metallers to Swedish deathsters.) … If Paranoid has more widely known songs, the suffocating and oppressive Master of Reality was the Sabbath record that die-hard metalheads took most closely to heart.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The masters of droning.

Single: Children Of The Grave

Full album…

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BLACK SABBATH: All Albums

AMERICA Went PARANOID 50 Years Ago Today

7 January 2021

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017
LP: PARANOID – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 50 years ago today – 7th January 1971 – in the US.
Great timing for the album’s 50th birthday, right?
Score: #12 in America and #1 in the UK (where the LP came
out in Sept 1970).

Rolling Stone review: “It’s impossible to imagine what heavy metal would have
become without the iconic gloomy riff of ‘Iron Man’ the musical thickness of ‘War
Pigs’ and the rapid-fire chugging of ‘Paranoid.’… The music is dark and gloomy with
blues-inspired guitar riffs.’Paranoid’ was the sound of Black Sabbath’s reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “Music gave me everything. I don’t have a trick,
I don’t know why, I don’t know how. I suppose it’s just what my fate
was, do you know what I mean?”

Key tracks: War Pigs / Paranoid / Iron Man

– WAR PIGS –

– PARANOID –

– IRON MAN –

Full album…

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BLACK SABBATH: Facebook

‘PARANOID’ Album By Metal Pioneers BLACK SABBATH Turned 50

20 September 2020

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017
Album: PARANOID – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 18 September 1970 – 50 years ago
Score: #1 in the UK (there only No 1 LP in England) and #12 in the US

Rolling Stone review: “It’s impossible to imagine what heavy metal would have become without the iconic gloomy riff of ‘Iron Man’ the musical thickness of ‘War Pigs’ and the rapid-fire chugging of ‘Paranoid.’… From the first track to the last, Ozzy Osbourne’s cutting voice outlines any manner of topics that would feature in metal over the next few generations: imminent doom, drug casualties, nuclear war, brutality, uncaring autocrats, cosmically fated love and general disillusionment. The music is dark and gloomy with blues-inspired guitar riffs that other groups have Xeroxed into an unrecognizable oblivion. Paranoid was the sound of Black Sabbath’s reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection, many of whom would form groups like Metallica, Pantera and Slipknot – groups that would change the face of metal, as well as the world.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “I got rabies shots for biting the head
off a bat but that’s OK – the bat had to get Ozzy shots.”

Key tracks: War Pigs / Paranoid / Iron Man

– WAR PIGS –

– PARANOID –

– IRON MAN –

Full album…

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BLACK SABBATH: Facebook

(Band photo: Facebook BS)

Melodramatic Voice ZOLA JESUS Covers ‘CHANGES’ BLACK SABBATH – A Spine-Tingling Performance

Gripping reveries for the laziest day of the week

9 August 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled Black Sabbath
debut LP and second longplayer Paranoid, Sacred Bones Records released
‘What Is This That Stands Before Me?‘ last May. A compilation of Sabbath
covers recorded by artists from across their roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou,
Uniform, Hilary Woods,
and more.

One of the most remarkable efforts is by melodramatic and
theatrical artist ZOLA JESUS. Her spine-tingling voice makes
your hair stand up in the back of your neck. Jaw-dropping
tour de force.

Listen here…


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Here’s the original

ZOLA JESUS: Facebook

Fragile Pearl – HILARY WOODS Shines On Black Sabbath Song ‘N.I.B.’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

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6 July 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled BLACK SABBATH album
and PARANOID, Sacred Bones Records is proud to present ‘What Is This That
Stands Before Me?
‘, a compilation of Sabbath covers recorded by artists from
across our roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou, Zola Jesus, Uniform and Moon Duo
among others.

One of the most imposing performances is by Irish
songstress HILARY WOODS. Her version of N.I.B.
strips the original down to the bone.

A fragile pearl. A silent beauty.

Some people say my love cannot be true
Please believe me, my love, and I’ll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal
The sun, the moon, the stars all bear my seal

Enjoy here…

Album in full…


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50 years ago…

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https://open.spotify.com/album/132qAo1cDiEJdA3fv4xyNK?si=2bOkWm1dQjykh6xtv-TsdQ
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HILARY WOODS: Facebook

Hilary Woods’ new album BIRTHMARKS is out now!