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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath find their niche, 2 Dec 2006
This review is from: Paranoid (Audio CD)
Black Sabbath's second album develops the self-penned heavy rock contained on their debut and does away with the obvious blues influences. Tony Iommi's murderous, downtuned guitar prowls through what is a mostly slowish collection of tracks. The hit title track is the only high-tempo song. Ozzy Osbourne delivers lyrics that combine fragmentary remarks on war, drugs and nuclear threat with references to the occult and the grisly, largely in a voice that evokes dread. There's the odd digression, such as 'Fairies Wear Boots', which appears to reveal a sense of humour. Otherwise, this is music to spook you.

Heavy metal is an over-used term. Hard rock is probably a better description for much of the early 1970s, but Black Sabbath are a rare

exception. Their music is closest of its era in type to what emerged from the so-called 'New Wave Of Heavy Metal' onwards. They're not subtle, apart from on the mystical 'Planet Caravan', and their lyrics are not intellectual or possessed of different nuances, but the mood they achieve is intense and powerful. 'Paranoid' is their first classic album.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2009 21:43:57 BDT
Vince says:
Good review,
lyrics not intellectual.
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses

mmmm

Great album though.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 10:44:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2011 10:44:27 GMT
Buddy says:
Intellectual compared to most bands as they had a social/political bent, whether they really meant it or not is another question?

Posted on 23 Feb 2012 17:32:34 GMT
Tony Iommi's guitar was not downtuned until the third album! ;)
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