An album of cataclysmic proportions. Its hard to escape the claustrophobic sense of doom and gloom which emminates from this recording. The opener 'Wheels of Confussion' is a Sabbath tour-de-force with slow, dark riffs follwed up by an quick/slow middle interlude, and concludes with one of the best endings to any song written. 'Tomorrows dream' is a loud 'Paranoid-esque' song with loud and melodic riffs and sum superb vocals from Ozzy. Short and sweet. 'Changes' represents a change in Black Sabbath in the form of a piano balled, which just goes to show that sabbath are not about huge riffs and devils. 'FX' is a bit of an oddity, its just feedback from Iommi's guitar for bout 2 mins! This is follwed by the awesome rifferama of 'Supernaut' with some excellent drumming rom Bill Ward. 'Cornicopia' is a dark brooding piecewith a double time speed burst reminisent of 'Into the Void' from the 'Master of Reality' album. 'Laguna Sunrise' is a break from the bleak in the form of a gentle acoustic instrumental. 'St Vitus Dance' sounds like exactly wot it is, a relentless groove of heavy melodic riffing and rock n rol style grooves. The album concludes with the dark and oppressive 'Under the Sun' which is one of Sabbaths heaviest moments. Ozzy's wails are as pained as ever, Iommi shows just why he known as the riffmaster, Geezer as usual never puts a foot wrong on the bass and Bill Wards drumming is a sure blend of his jazz/blues days and pure thumping. Overall this album is genuine class, a classic amongs heavy rock and metal.
SlipKnot, Linkin Park, Murder Dolls etc take note.