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A cold, sonic landscape,
This review is from: Black Sabbath Vol 4 (Audio CD)
This is a very stark album compared to any other effort form Sabbath, and has a very stripped down feel to it. Although it contains two acoustic interludes, which themselves are quite melancholic, the piano-driven 'Changes' and the Tony Iommi Spanish guitar solo 'Laguna Sunrise', this is a heavy record - 'Wheels of Confusion' is a bludgeoning track built around one chord and a short run, and 'Under the Sun' is probably the doomiest track in the Sab's canon next to 'Black Sabbath'; the latter contains their most venomous lyrics since 'War Pigs'. They also have a chance here to show off some of their jazz influences with 'Supernaut', showcasing some exceptional rhythm work. The production on this album is as cold as Birmingham in January, but this is no slur on the passion with which they play. A great metal album, with a superb doomy edge. Enjoy...