Bill Ward, Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi

Bill Ward, Black Sabbath

On the Sinister Majesty of Black Sabbath

With a new box set collecting the original lineup’s first eight albums, we pay tribute to Black Sabbath

12.9.2019

With a new box set collecting the original lineup’s first eight albums, we pay tribute to Black Sabbath

With a new box set collecting the original lineup’s first eight albums, we pay tribute to the lords of this world

“Sabbath was everything the Sixties weren’t,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield once beamed. “Their music was so cool because it was completely anti-hippie.”

is even thicker and heavier than the one on the record, and you can feel the power they were starting to tap into with their music on the way the verse riff on “After Forever” returns with an extra dimension of bass-guitar smackdown. They were masters of their own reality.

, the group broke new ground and recorded some of their most creative sounds. It was the band’s proud cocaine moment (“We wish to thank the great COKE-Cola Company of Los Angeles,” read the liner notes) and they paid tribute to their powdery muse on “Snowblind.” But there was a new depth of sound on the weighty “Wheels of Confusion” and thumping “Supernaut.” The ballad “Changes” featured a piano and a mellotron with an orchestral string sound, and it was disarmingly fragile. The record closes with “Under the Sun,” a tune that grinds slower and slower and slower as it ends until you’re looking up from the dirt. “Life is one long overdose,” Osbourne sings.

psychedelia and surprising a breakdown. In the middle of it he whispers “smoke it” in one speaker, and “get high” in the other, and you don’t know if it’s peer pressure or an admonition. That album’s “Who Are You?” is a buoyant synth track Osbourne dreamt up, complete with a proto-industrial rattle, and the record as a whole variously features Iommi playing synth, flute, organ, bagpipes, and piano, while Ward expanded his repertoire to bongos and timpani.

, they invert the folky, Latin jazz jam at the end of “Symptom of the Universe” by pairing one of their heaviest-ever songs, “Hole in the Sky,” with a quirky acoustic jam called “Don’t Start Too Late.” And once again, you can see in the grooves how complicated a song like the gloomy “Megalomania” on

Drink, drugs, and too many years on the road got the better of them on their two final releases of their initial run, 1976’s

single “A Hard Road,” with its slick swagger got them back on

In the five decades since they formed, Black Sabbath’s music has been interpreted in many different ways. Metallica reveled in the complexity of their mid-Seventies recordings. Megadeth zeroed in on the hits (“Paranoid” and “Never Say Die”) and thrashed them up. Pantera surprisingly tackled the ballad “Planet Caravan.” Van Halen, who went out on their first big tour supporting Sabbath, once flirted with calling themselves Rat Salad after an instrumental on

Weirdly, some of the band members don’t fully appreciate the work they put into their records. “I was always disappointed with our albums because of the fact that we were a fucking great live band,” drummer Bill Ward said in the liner notes to the 1998 live album

Since 1979, the original members of Black Sabbath have reunited and broken up and carried on with solo records. Everything finally came full circle in 2013, when they released

“Don’t let those empty people try to interfere with your mind/

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jpgrady73 Did your magazine give Sabbath a bad review back in the day like it did ledzeppelin & kiss saying they would fail? Obviously music critics can be fools pollsack 🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼 Essa banda do Belchior e Benito de Paula é muito boa Black Sabbath was the very first non-Motown album I bought with my own money. Vinyl. Back in the 1960s college daze.

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