Paranoid review by Black Sabbath

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  • Released: Sep 18, 1970
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (112 votes)
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
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Sound — 9
Obviously & undoubtedly one of the most classic and influencial albums of all time. Paranoid was the 1970 release that Sabbath put out with Ozzy, which contains timeless classics such as "Iron Man", "War Pigs", and of course, the title track. At the time of its release, it was probably one of the heaviest-sounding albums around, thus making it a pioneer in the world of metal, along with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Iommi plays with sheer brilliance both in leads/solos & in terms of riffage. I first heard this album a few years back on an old, scratched up vinyl, and it still sounded great! The guitar world, and world of metal would not be what it is without this album which is pretty much why I'm attached to this album so much.

Lyrics — 7
Personally, I've never been a fan of Ozzy's vocals, no matter what part of his career you're talking about. And this album is no exception. However, some songs proved to be effective both lyrically (particularly) and vocally as well, such as the title track, and in "War Pigs" as well. Ozzy really seemed to push himself on this effort, and for that I truly respect his input on these recordings, therefore I would have to rate this above a 5 (7) for this album.

Overall Impression — 9
This album is most definitely one of Sabbath's best (if not THE best) album they've ever put out. Great tunes, as well as classics and some interesting (somewhat filler) back-up tunes thrown in as well. Who can argue with that? My personal favourites would have to be "War Pigs", "Iron Man" and dare I say: "Fairies Wear Boots". Basically, most of the tunes are great in their own respective right of course. If this album were stolen, I'd definitely replace it since, it's inexpensive, and is really such a milestone of an album as far as rock/metal goes. This is a must-have for a classic/pioneer metal fan, and Ozzy fan of course.

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    wigers will die
    ok everyone sould know this by now but if you dont, you sould or your ****ing retarded.. black sabbath are the 4 fathers of metal, they basically created metal and if it wasnt for them we probably wouldnt have the same metal we have today.....
    death_bat
    everybody knows black sabbath didnt start heav metal... scorpion did!!!!! and btw new metal is good like a7x, cannibal corpse, slipknot... there all ****ing awesome you just dont like good music!!! shreddin 4 life is much smarter then the rest of you are!!!
    Shreddin 4 Life
    tell that to the millions of general metal fans around the world. And "metal " is a very general term which has dozens of sub-genres & isn't confined (nor synonymous) to the sound that the pioneers such as Sabbath & Deep Purple were famous for btw, just because they were one of the first, doesn't mean Sabbath's the best "metal". Just because U don't like something, doesn't make it crap, nor does it justify ur calling it that... and for the record, Korn is nu-metal & isn't considered a part of the mainstream metal scene under-educated elitists ^? I think so...
    Shreddin 4 Life
    wigers will die wrote: ok everyone sould know this by now but if you dont, you sould or your ****ing retarded.. black sabbath are the 4 fathers of metal, they basically created metal and if it wasnt for them we probably wouldnt have the same metal we have today.....
    very, very true...
    pupilofshred
    haha almost every reveiw has pointless bickering. Black Sabbath are a great band, and yes they pioneered the metal sound and style, but with the kind of praise they are getting here, all it does is make others who slightly disagree, angry. (hence the pointless shit tossing and arguing) These reveiw pages are for just that, reveiws, not arguing on whos better, so if you do not have any thing to say about the album you are "reveiwing" then dont post any thing. Paranoid is a good old metal album, I would recommend any to give it a listen.
    Shreddin 4 Life
    I agree, most of the reviews aren't critical enuff, but with an album this classic-sounding & influential, what can u expect?