Eternal Idol Original recording remastered, Import
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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.
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)
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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Ignore your brain telling you that you want Ozzy back (or even Ronnie) and just listen to a superb set of songs well presented. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by PJT79
This album is easily the worst Black Sabbath release of the 80's and feels like a collection of songs that generally aren't good enough to have been on the `Seventh Star' album... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2007 by Ed