Sound — 9
This is what many people consider to be the first true metal album ever created, and it's amazing. The entire album has a very dark, grimm tone. Ozzy's vocals haven't yet reach the standards that we know them today but are very creepy on tracks like "Black Sabbath" and "N.I.B." Iommi's riffs are amazingly catchy and are complimented by Geezer Butlers innovative style of bass playing. Not to mention Bill Ward is a monster of the drums which adds to the overall heavyness of the album.
Lyrics — 10
Black Sabbath - the song scarred the shit out of me when I first heard it. Very creepy. Inspired by when Geezer woke up in the middle of the night and saw a dark figure at the end of his bed. The Wizard - this song features some of the catchiest Black Sabbath riffs ever and sounds great with Ozzy's harmonica. The lyrics are used are used as a metaphor to describe a drug dealer. Wasp/Behind The Wall Of Sleep/Bassically/NIB - Behind The Wall Of Sleep is a very chilled song for the most part and flows very well into Bassically which is a killer bass solo by Geezer Butler. And then NIB to cap off this 9:44 song. The lyrics are about the devil falling in love, written by Geezer because people claimed he couldn't write a love song. Features some of the best riffs ever made by Iommi. Wicked World - very catchy song about a dark subject. This was Black Sabbath's response the hippie movement. Lots of the popular acts sung about peace and love but Black Sabbath sung about there experiences in Birmingham growing up. Great guitar solo by Iommi. A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning - starts off very chill with a creepy vocals preformance by Ozzy. Builds up into some heavey riffs. The song continues with a very bluesy sounding riffs by Iommi, Geezer and Bill create a solid rythm in this song. Near the 10 minute mark in the song, it starts to break off into almost many different riffs raning from heavey, to bluesy, to chill. Song is about falling in love with something but not being able to have them.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is by far the creepiest of all of Black Sabbath's albums. The creepiest/best songs being "Black Sabbath" and "NIB", even now all the song are great, these ones stand above the others. This album was groundbreaking in the sense that the lyrical subject matter was extremely dark, oppose to the very peace and love sound of the popular bands at the time. There's nothing I would change about this album it is a must for any metal/rock fan.