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
Black Sabbath makes what some may call their true debut album release with one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal albums of all time: "Master Of Reality". This album shows the band finding that darker, heavier sounding music that would make Black Sabbath stand out from all of the rest, as well as give the band unlimited fame and fortune. The album kicks off a musical revolution immediately with the mega-hit, "Sweet Leaf". The genious that is Tony Iommi really begins to come out in this song. The seemingly simple guitar riffs are turned into musical weapons for the mind when the guitar is in Tony's hands. Ozzy Osbourne's signature vocals only make the sound of this album even more enjoyable and unique. His singing techinques and just overall sound blends perfectly together with all of the other music surrounding him. "After Forever" is another excellent Black Sabbath song, and not only does the track sound excellent, but Tony Iommi delivers an invisible kick to the nuts to the Anti-Black Sabbath activists of that time. This song was written with catholic themes purposely, due to the fact that the members of the band were accused of being Satanists. Black Sabbath didn't need to write a song that said, "They say I worship the devil. They must be stupid or blind!", but instead they wrote a song with a message that said it all, which was an act of brilliance. "Embryo" is an instrumental piece, which gives a transition to the infamous Sabbath hit: "Children Of The Grave". Tony Iommi hits the intellectual goldmine when it comes to this amazing classic: the sinister sounding C# tuning, the flawless rhythm and tempo changes, the perfect percussion performance, and Ozzy's signature sound all just come together in what is Tony Iommi's brainchild for the album. The album takes a switch in sound with the next song, "Orchid". It is a beautiful acoustic guitar piece that continues to show off Tony Iommi's guitar talent and songwriting abilities. I believe it is one of the few Black Sabbath songs I can say is "peaceful". The peacefulness ends with another instant classic, "Lord Of This World". That great, sinister sound off "Children Of The Grave" returns in this track, and we begin to hear those great guitar solos that would completely dominate the band's fourth album, as well as the perfectly executed tempo changes. "Solitude" is a song most like "Orchid", with a slow tempo and lack of heavily distorted guitar. This song showcases Tony's ability to play other instruments, such as the flute and the piano. But the band cannot allow you to end the album on a peaceful note! "Into The Void" is just another great hard rock hit, and shows that Tony cannot fail when it comes to writing music. The sound of "Children Of The Grave" and "Lord Of This World" ends this amazing album, giving you one last amazing impression about the band. "Master Of Reality" most notably has Black Sabbath's search for an amazing, signature sound complete with the amazing tempo changes, tuned down guitar, mesmerizing guitar riffs, flawless percussion, and as always, Ozzy Osbourne's unique vocals. The constantly changing puzzle that is Black Sabbath comes together perfectly with this album, and has Black Sabbath's true sound finally found.

Lyrics — 10
The vocals on this album are unquestionably and undeniably amazing. Ozzy Osbourne simply delivers on each track that he sings. It is Osbourne's sound that helps make this entire album unique sounding and that much more enjoyable to listen to. The lyrics for this album are just spectacular. They are poems of hard rock in themselves, but Ozzy Osbourne takes the words off the paper and makes them come alive. Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi do an amazing job when it comes to writing vocals for this album. The entire band comes together perfectly on this album, creating an instant masterpiece.

Overall Impression — 10
Black Sabbath continues to dominate the world of hard rock and heavy metal music with their third studio album, "Master Of Reality". The entire album is completely enjoyable to listen to from beginning to end, as well as jam out with! The entire band comes together perfectly, and when you have the four minds of Sabbath working together, the possibilities are endless. I enjoy every song off this album, but the most impressive songs off this album have to be: 1. Children Of The Grave 2. Solitude 3. Into The Void 4. Lord Of This World 5. Embryo I cannot bring myself to hate anything that has Tony Iommi, Gezzer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ozzy Osbourne's names on it. If this album were stolen, I would let the thief be punished by the Lord Of This World and be dragged down to hell by the Children Of The Grave until he passes Into The Void and lives the rest of eternity in Solitude! That, or I'd just buy a new album. Black Sabbath once again performs and delivers another masterpiece that changed the way the world listened to music forever.

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