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Some might claim that this 1970 debut is the definitive Black Sabbath record. While the gothic overtones of the opening track, "Black Sabbath" (thunderstorms and foreboding church bells introduce Ozzy Osbourne's howl and Tony Iommi's sludgy guitar), and the raucous defiling ofCreamon "N.I.B." were thrilling then (and remain so now), there is too much wanking here to really qualify the collection asthemust-have Black Sabbath record. (That prize would have to go toParanoid.) But the blues-heavy riffs of "The Wizard," the soon-to-be-famous chord-progression stylings on "Wasp," and the grunge-boogie of "Wicked World" allow it to stand as a solid testament to the deep and lasting influence the band has had over the years.--Lorry Fleming
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Label:  Warner Bros, Wea
ArtistBlack Sabbath
Release Date:  October 25, 1990
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Quick Tip by . March 05, 2012
posted in Music Matters
While Black Sabbath would master their craft on future albums like "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Sabotage," their self-titled debut is still a classic, and in my opinion, the real first heavy metal album.  The title track, even 42 years after its release, still sounds dooming and bone-chilling.  Other tracks like "NIB," "The Wizard," and "Wicked World" are fantastic slabs of early metal music. I've had this album since August of 2002 …
review by . June 17, 2003
When it came out at the theatres, Rob Reiner's now cult classic rock mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap" went down like the proverbial Led Zeppelin. Until I listened to this unintentional comic gem, I never understood why. Now it is all utterly, terribly clear.From its opening church bells, it is a simple wonder listening to these Brummie Beelzebub-lovers forging heavy rock cliches of every conceivable stripe before your very ears. Cheesy, farty and, most of all, inept guitar solos, harmony and unison …
review by . December 02, 2001
posted in Music Matters
Music that talks about evil and satanism is not usually my cup of tea. However, this debut album by Black Sabbath has many captivating moments. The strongest track to my ears in the opening track simply titled Black Sabbath. The thunderstorms and church bells set a mystical and scary atmosphere. The power chords played at different volume levels have me wondering,"What evil lurks behind these walls?" Then Ozzy's voice tells it all. His hellium like tone just sets the mood. The dark black figure …
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