Sound — 8
This 1970 disc is the debut record of the fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath. Recorded throughout 1969, this album boasts many catchy guitar riffs, courtesy of Tony Iommi, backed by Geezer Butler's pentatonic walks and numerous tending-snapping bends, and of course, Ward's constant slamming behind the kit. The sound on Black Sabbath isn't as polished-sounding than on Paranoid or Master of Reality, but it's still a great sound, given the recording equipment and techniques available in those days.
Lyrics — 9
Geezer's lyrics on this album are good. Mainly sticking to themes such as the occult and destruction. On some tracks, the vocals will actually double the riff being played by the guitar and bass. This is showcased especially on "NIB", where Ozzy harmonizes in perfect sync with the songs unhurried, 4/4 shuffle. Ozzy's vocals are excellent on this album. His voice is, to say the least, chilling. Especially on the title track, and the haunting "Behind the Wall Of Sleep".
Overall Impression — 8
This album is one of my personal favorites, and is one of the standouts in my CD collection. Some of my favorites off the disc are "Black Sabbath", "NIB", and "Warning". This was a very good introduction to the grimy quartet from Birmingham. They really gave it all they had for this one, and the result? A hard rock classic, to be cherished by generations of new fans to come.