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 (64 votes)
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

Sound — 10
It has been said by some people that 'Master Of Reality' is a poor follow to the legendary album 'Paranoid'. Although, I think it is one of the best albums in Black Sabbath's history. The album has eight tracks, two of which are instrumentals. The band started to become a bit more experimental using flute on 'Solitude' and soft percusion and soft singing. Also this is the first recording with Tony and Geezer tuning down one-and-a-half steps to give a deep, sludgy wall of sound on tracks like 'Children Of The Grave' and Into The Void'. The album shows good instrumental work from Bill, Geezer, and Tony.

Lyrics — 10
This album is some of Geezer's best lyric material. Especially 'Children Of The Grave' and 'Into The Void'. In 'Children Of The Grave', Ozzy sings about if todays generation don't make difference they will live in a world of hate, death, and doom. Tony Iommi also took part in the song writing, writing 'After Forever' talking about releigon. Ozzy's singing skills have improved on this album since 'Black Sabbath' with a bit more vocal range. Ozzy's mono-tone groan goes so well together with Iommi and Butler's guitars.

Overall Impression — 10
This is an awesome album and I think it competes closly with 'Paranoid' and upcoming 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' It's strongest songs are 'Children Of The Grave', 'Into The Void', and 'After Forever'. There really is not a bad track on the album. If it were stolen I would defiantly go and get a new copy. To sum it up, this is one of the best metral albums ever!

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    jonny d
    sweet leaf and children of the grave are 2 of the best sabbath cds