Master of Reality review by Black Sabbath

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  • Released: Jul 21, 1971
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (63 votes)
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

Sound — 10
The sound on this album is good, a few flaws but nothing especially bad. Master Of Reality is heavier than Sabbaths self-titled album and Paranoid and guitarist Tony Iommi really shows the listener his skills with killer riffs and blistering solos. Just listen to Sweet Leaf and Children Of The Grave and you'll get my point. Drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler also does a very good job here. There are also 2 instrumental tracks here, and Orchid really lets every bandmember show their skills. Amazing.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are great on this album (with the exception of Sweet Leaf, it's about how great drugs are). After Forever is written to get off the satanic image of the band, it's about religion and it's really a great track. Ozzy does an amazing work on this album, he sings with very powerful voice and even sings softly and beautifully on Solitude.

Overall Impression — 10
Master Of Reality is my favorite Sabbath album ever. Featureing classics such as Sweet Leaf, Children Of The Grave and Into The Void, but also the underrated masterpiece Solitude. The only bad thing is that there are only 8 song from which 2 are short instrumentals. But who cares anyway, when all 6 long tracks rule more than anything. This is definitley worth your money and if you like Sabbath you won't be dissapointed at all!

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