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Eternal Idol Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (22 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Castle Comm.
  • ASIN: B000006ZDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
From the best metal band ever comes this fantastic album. I only gave it four stars because it is not as strong as other Black Sabbath albums, but if it is not being compared to any of the other Sabbath albums then it is a 5 star album. So thats 4 stars compared to Sabbath, 5 stars compared to everything else.
Tony Martin joins the band here and his vocal talents suit Sabbath down to the ground. Tony Iommi is there as always and as usual the riffs are powerful and heavy, yet still musical and melodic. His soloing skills have not diminished since his early days and even if you don'tlike Martin's voice I would recommend this album simply for the guitars.
The title track is 6 and a half minutes long and is a slow and heavy masterpiece. It is without a doubt one of the best Black Sabbath songs ever, which puts it up against some hard competition. "The Shining" is also one of the main attractions of this album but all of the tracks are typically strong and it doesn't get tiring listening to it.
Well worth it for any Sabbath fan, unless you are one of those "fans" who only accept Ozzy. A must buy for the casual collector and completist alike.
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BASICALLY, I'VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE LUKEWARM REACTION TO AND NEGATIVE LEGACY (MUCH LIKE NEVER SAY DIE!) GIVEN TO THIS ALBUM. THE ALBUM'S MOOD FLITS BETWEEN THE MELODIC,ANGRY AND ERIEE-WITH THE IOMMI TRADEMARK OF BONECRUSHING RIFFS. THOUGHT PROVOKING LYRICS FEATURE THROUGHOUT TOO. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS. LISTEN WITH AN OPEN MIND. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.MALC WARRILOW.
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Format: Audio CD
When this album was released, Sabbath were really in the doldrums - Dio had been gone for 5 years, Gillan had last 1 LP, Glenn Hughes had joined and then quit on tour, the replacement (Ray Gillen) left during the recording of this, the follow up to "7th Star".
In the circumstances (3 different producers, 2 drummers, 2 bassists and 2 singers) I think the album is really good, it just suffered because it was released during the hair metal years. If this had been released a few years ago it would have got a lot more respect than it did. And it certainly would have had more respect as a Solo Album (like 7th Star should have been until the record company interfered)
The Shining has to stand out as one of the high watermark points of the Tony Martin sabbath era boasting a fantastic riff, lyrics and an awesome solo. Ancient Warrior despite having a terrible name is another great song. As you play the album (i've got the LP) you find yourself wondering why this wasn't a hit...Then you release what was going on behind the scenes...Like getting Terry Chimes to play on the tour and playing Sun City after the manager told them it wasn't in South Africa.
This is one of my favourite Sabbath albums, and it's definately better than most of the Tony Martin records and latter day Ozzy LPs (although that's not difficult)
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Given the amount of people involved with this disc including 3 producers!! its no surprise that it lacks cohesion,its not a bad album but its not great either.

Average is probably the best way to describe this album,fast riff here ,slow one there,nothing stands out,i've had this for years and its enjoyable to listen to occasionally but thats it,nothing sticks in the mind and you'll have forgotten the tracks not long after you've listened they are just so unremarkable.

The first 4 tracks are probably the best particularly 'The Shining' & 'Hard Life To Love',the title track tries hard to evoke days gone by,well played but ultimately throw away,ultimately an album destined to live in the shadows, which is a shame considering the talent on display Singer/Daisley etc with Tony Martin ultimately sounding like a poor mans Dio.
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