Sound — 9
Black Sabbath's second album is probably one of the most influential heavy metal albums ever constructed, and set the standard for countless other albums, ranging from when it was written to present day. It also gave Tommy Iommi, the guitarist in Black Sabbath several titles. The king of power chords, and according to Ozzy Osbourne "The most underrated guitarist. Ever." It also gave the world several killer tracks to base thousands of guitarists' insporations by. The most obvious of them is Iron Man, the album centerpiece, in the mind of many. Also the critically underrated Eletric Funeral and Rat Salad [featuring a Billy Ward's incredible drum solo. But the heart of and soul of the album was Tommy Iommi, already a incredible guitarist, because of his injury, causing him to replace two of his fingers, with plastic fingertips. But it was Iommi's crunchy, distorted down-tuned powerchords, and fat nimble leads that gave Black Sabbath it's sound. Every song on this CD is well put together, even it's title track. considering the fact that they needed a filler and chose Paranoid to fill it. Although firmly rooted in heavy metal, it still had the traces of the earlier stages of punk rock. In a way Black Sabbath created punk. The solos are fast, and more distorted than he next, breaking down barriers for the modern-day distortion-fest that is punk-rock. But the fast-paced, no-looking-back attitude doesn't last forever. Planet Caravan is a slow, almost African-esque kind of song, with Ozzy's slow, effects-ridden vocals, and Billy Ward's bongo/conga slow drumming.
Lyrics — 8
Black Sabbath also pushed it's way up mainstream lyrically as well. In an era where a nice acoustic song with backing vocals about "finding that special place" and "Finding yourself", Black Sabbath barges ahead, singing about topics that modern day bands like System Of A Down and Rage Against The Machine take on, such as the evil in the world, the government, war, paranoia, rage, and confusion. Ozzy's nasal-y voice fitted perfectly with Iommi's style. It is perfectly clam while singing on such topics that are exactly the opposite. Ozzy's is seemingly distant, drowsy.
Overall Impression — 9
Black Sabbath is the basis for several genres of music, such as rock, metal, and punk. But they still, even to this day, egt enough credit they deserve. Some of there greatest sings go un-noticed, even by fans. Example: Eletric Funeral. As I struggle to find some negatives to balance my review out, I would like to point out that Black Sabbath may have created metal with this album, and is still underrated. If it was stolen I would definatley buy another. And anyone who lacks this album must go buy this, even if they despise Black Sabbath.