Black Sabbath
Master of Reality


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl Malone AKA The Mailman USER (10 Reviews)
January 10th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first Black Sabbath album I have ever heard and one of the heaviest (if not the heaviest) albums of the Ozzy Osbourne era. While Sabbath is more known for Paranoid..Master of Reality is just as good and influential.

I remember when I was 11, my brother was taking me home from my baseball game as he inserted a CD into the stereo in his car. I was amazed by what I heard and barely got out the words.. "What is this?" What it turned out to be was my first true introduction to music, Master of Reality by Black Sabbath. So what if I couldn't understand what Ozzy was saying or why there was a 30 second violin instrumental in the middle of it all? All I knew is that I loved what I was hearing and that it had a profound impact on my outlook on music.

Every musical aspect of this album is amazing. Hell, even "Embryo", which is simply half a minute of violin is a respectable track in my opinion. The album opens up with "Sweet Leaf", an incredible song thats starts off with what sounds like (and probably is) one of the band members choking on a joint. Sweet Leaf then goes into its main riff which is maintained throughout most of the song. Tony Iommi's absolutely phenomenal guitar playing and Osbourne's high-pitched shrills create a definite highlight on this album. The next track, "After Forever", begins with a short synthesizer part then goes into a more upbeat, happier riff. Geezer Butler's bass playing really stands out on this part of the song. Then, out of nowhere, the song becomes heavier and darker with Osbourne singing about religion and the many different views people have towards it. Lyrics like "Do you want to see the pope on the end of a rope, do you think he's a fool?" set the tone for this song. This is over 5 minutes long, but you will find yourself listening to it over and over again. It sets the standards for the album even higher and makes each following track harder to top the one before it.

"Embryo" is a short violin piece and the intro to "Children of the Grave", which starts out with a galloping bass and guitar riff. This song is near flawless, but the riff does get somewhat tiring at parts, but that is easy to look past as it is made up for as the song continues. "Orchid" is an acoustic instrumental song and is the introduction to "Lord of This World". It is about a minute longer than "Embryo" and is actually pretty enjoyable even though it is completely different than the other tracks. "Lord of This World" is probably my least favorite of the actual songs on this album (not counting Embryo and Orchid). However, this track is close to being on par with the rest of the CD and is not skippable in anyway. It is slower than most of the other songs, and Iommi's guitar playing is amazing as usual. Butler also stands out as does Bill Ward's drumming in some parts.

The next track "Solitude" is a very soft, melancholy piece lasting 5 minutes. Hearing the opening half of the album, you wouldn't expect a song like this to pop up. But once you give it a chance, it is a beautiful song. Ozzy's vocals are more melodic and emotional. This might be hard for some people to sit through, but after awhile it really grows on you. If you need to feel relaxed or calmed, I couldn't think of a better song to recommend you than this. The closing song "Into the Void" starts out with a great, heavy guitar riff (probably my favorite on the album). Iommi and Butler are in perfect sync here and Ward's drumming carries it along. A very strong way to close out a great album.

As tempting as it was to rate this album a 5, I couldn't. To me an album must be completely flawless to rate it a 5, and while this does have some minor flaws, my overall rating would be about a 4.8. If you've been wanting a to get a Black Sabbath album or have been unsure of getting this one, do not hesitate one bit..go out and buy this right now. I guarentee you will not be disappointed.



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TheMisterBungle
January 10th 2007


861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Master of Reality = 20398407238940x better than Paranoid.This Message Edited On 01.10.07

Angmar
January 10th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^wrong but still this is my 4th fav sabbath album IMO sabbath bloody sabbath was heavier/better. Good review anyway.

Eliminator
January 10th 2007


2067 Comments


Best Sabbath album.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2007


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

black sabbath sucks (IMO IMO IMO IMO just in case you guys didnt know that this is MY OPINION ok if you disagree then thats fine but please do not tell me that im wrong because this is MY OPINION imo imo imo imo)

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only good Sabbath album more like it.

Iai
Emeritus
January 10th 2007


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I should really get this, then.

Angmar
January 10th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

black sabbath sucks (IMO IMO IMO IMO just in case you guys didnt know that this is MY OPINION ok if you disagree then thats fine but please do not tell me that im wrong because this is MY OPINION imo imo imo imo)


:lol:


Bfhurricane
January 10th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album blows Paranoid out of the water. In fact, it's their best album, hands down. Such awesome blues/rock riffs and great solos. Tony really does shine on this album, as well do the other members of the band.
Though Black Sabbath is supposed to be "metal," I still regard this as one of my favorite "rock" releases

TheMisterBungle
January 10th 2007


861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listening to all my Sabbath in forever. I'm changing that right now through.
Also, I think I need some more of the "classic" era. I'll probably get s/t first since I've got it on vinyl...

grungeguy88
January 10th 2007


788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

John Paul Harrison
January 10th 2007


1014 Comments


Sweet Leaf is makes me cringe with embarrassment.

But Children Of The Grave rocks so I guess it's all good.


any14doomsday
January 11th 2007


679 Comments


Into the void is the greatest thing ever.

Screw you sliced bread I said it.

teamsleep698
January 11th 2007


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn dude you always kick my ass in reviews. Good review, keep up the good work. This might just make me want to listen to sabbath after all

blekzebbed
January 11th 2007


65 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's Iommi caughing on the start of Sweet Leaf. Embryo isn;t violin but guitar. This review is great

wakeupdead
January 11th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review. Cool album.

descendents1
January 11th 2007


702 Comments


this album is so cool, not worthy yet to rate it though

scissorlocked
July 1st 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

coolest album of all times

good review too

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