Sound — 8
Ozzy sounds more... off than ever! Well I still like Ozzy's demonlike voice.
Lyrics — 8
1. Sweet Leaf: Hard rocker with a slight melodic touch, one of the essential sabbath classics. 2. After Forever: Mid-tempo hard rocker with the theme of life after death, this is an excellent track overall. 3. Embryo: A very brief instrumental sequence featuring violin playing, this is a good track but hurt severely by its brevity. 4. Children of the Grave: Hard track with an excellent variety of sounds, it's only natural this became a Sabbath classic. 5. Orchid: Another brief instrumental, this one features some acoustic guitar playing. Short but still pleasing. 6. Lord of This World: Another hard rocker, here we get both heavy and melodic stuff. 7. Solitude: Extremely slow, soft, and melodic. Yep, even Sabbath has a soft side. 8. Into the Void: Hard rocker with an extended instrumental opening. Ozzy's vocals here are killer.
Overall Impression — 8
The Sabs third album is no doubt their sludgiest and heaviest. It's supersonic and powerful, thick, almost leaden riffs display a terrific raw energy. More complete than the band's second recording, Paranoid, which seems to have significant holes in composition; Master is a masterful collection of songs made only more incredibly by Tony Iommi's superb guitar and Ozzy's fantastic, almost demonlike voice.