- Audio CD (18 Sep 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Essential
- ASIN: B00004Y3CT
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
"Sweet Leaf" the album opener is to all intents and purposes the blueprint for nineties grunge, a classic on stage and on record.
"After Forever" shows a little of Iommi's ability to intersperse melody with riffery as well as denounce Satan worship (some of these bible bashers should actually listen to some of Sabbath's lyrics) before "Embryo" leads us into the chugging "Children Of The Grave", quite simply the heaviest song ever. The riffs from this have since been sped up and made a lot of "Speed Metal" bands very famous. Then another acoustic initiated riff fest, "Orchid" nicely introduces us to the again plodding "Lord Of This World" perhaps the weakest of the heavy songs on the album but keeping up the almost relentless assault.
But the best for me is saved until last. After the moody "Solitude" (is that really Ozzy singing?) we are treated to the great album closer "Into The Void" another stone cold classic which takes enough time to progress through a few riff changes but remain heavy.
This would be the last time Sabbath would pursue the all out heavy root and would take an increasingly more progressive approach which would produce two more great albums and three of varying quality with Ozzy fronting the band. But for me, this is their best
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