Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


5.0
classic

Review

by Gamble USER (3 Reviews)
April 11th, 2005 | 33 replies | 5,111 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


2 of 5 thought this review was well written

It's no doubt that Black Sabbath is the most important band in all of metal. It would just be silly to argue that. No other band even comes close when you're looking at important bands of the metal genre. And it's also no doubt metal is what Sabbath does, and they do it pretty damn good. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is an album simply to fall in love with. Every single track has its moments, and each track is as crucial to the album as the next. One of the very few albums where every single song can be so damn good. As always, this album serves up the classic Sabbath heavy sound. Grungy, heavy, and awesome are the only words I know to describe it. Most (if not all) of the album is in super down-tuning (correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it's either C# or Cb). Probably the lowest tuning I've ever heard ever; especially throughout the course of a whole album. But it doesn't by any means make the album any worse. In many ways (and I know most of you will agree with me on this one), Sabbath just would't be Sabbath without Tony having to always tune down. Down-tuning tends to create a much heavier, darker sound, and heavy and dark are what Sabbath are best at.

I've never really known Sabbath to make brilliant, jaw-dropping lyrics, but then again they're never all that bad, either. I really can't rip them for writing bad lyrics, because in truth there's nothing to complain about. After all, metal music (or even rock music in general) doesn't necessarily have a lyric-friendly reputation. I'll just say that Sabbath's lyrics are a hell of a lot better (not to mention more thought out) than a lot of bands at that time or even of the present day.

Personally, this is my favorite Sabbath album. I don't care how great everybody thinks "Paranoid" was, because any one of the tracks on here blow "Iron Man" right out of the water. It's as simple as that. I can't really pick a favorite song from the album. The whole album basically has something for everyone. From the acoustic instrumental track, "Fluff," to possibly the heaviest song ever written, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," to the wonderful depiction of the futuristic environment in "Spiral Architect," there's something here for metalheads of all kinds (and for you nu-metal geeks; you may learn a thing or two from listening to these guys). So, even though most metal music gets a bad rap because so many bands have abused its reputation, Black Sabbath is still the real deal and this is as close to a perfect metal album as you're ever going to get.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
ReturnToRock
April 12th 2005



3448 Comments


good review, that one is definitely my favorite sabbath album.
rock on

Metallica23
April 13th 2005



12 Comments


Sweet album - shitty review
good try though!

thrashfanatic2010
April 13th 2005



15 Comments


great album but suffers from bad production as did most sabbath records did early on

Blackwood
September 15th 2005



1 Comments


I would have to disagree, listen to anyone of those songs and the quality is excellent especially for its time. its not the clearest sound but it does not have to be

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005



448 Comments


this cd is pretty good, but the quality isnt that great, which makes me mad cuz its such a good album

smart blockhead
October 15th 2005



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the best Sabbath in my opinion.

5/5

bakdziti
January 27th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Might be my favorite sabbath record, really hard to say as their first 6 records are all superb. I personally the production is great, especially for the time as someone said. Plently in your face, and the quality is fine, I like it raw anyway . Ozzy kicks ass on this record (as he does on Sabatoge as well) Not that he is ever bad on the first 6, but this and Sabatoge are highlights (IMO).

kiss is the best
April 5th 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of my favorite sabbath records definitely favorites are sabbath bloody sabbath and national acrobat

Fade.To.Black
April 18th 2006



85 Comments


Great album and A Nice reveiw. i Can hear more Zeppelin in modern metal though. But they're both insanely heavy and awesome so i cant complain.

pattern_recognition
April 18th 2006



950 Comments


Just about my favourite Sabbath record.
The title track is just pure awesomeness.

El_Goodo
April 26th 2006



1008 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the only actual Sabbath album I won I got it for about 8 dollars I believe, and it is an awesome album. I never have to press the next button on any tracks! The vocals, the melodies, and the riffs are all top knotch!

metallicaman8
April 26th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album. I especially enjoyed Sabbra Cabra

Jim
April 27th 2006



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, Sabbra pwns. 'specially the awesome psychedelic bits. Title track also equal goodness.

met65
June 15th 2006



105 Comments


Metallica did a cover of Sabbra Cabra

Saxon Priest
June 16th 2006



110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have a soft spot for this album, I think it was the first Metal album I ever got, I couldn't stop listening to it. A true gem.

Meatplow
October 26th 2007



5524 Comments


This is perhaps my least favourite Sabbath album, but still deserves 5 stars IMO. Man, they are great.

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
August 18th 2008



54 Comments


these guys really know how to turn a simple song into a masterpiece.I love who are you so much.relax me..
tracks 1,2&4 so hot as hell...
5/5 at 70's
3.5/5 these days

ConorMichaelJoseph
October 23rd 2008



1870 Comments


Not my favourite,but it makes up for Volume 4 in my opinion.

ConorMichaelJoseph
March 31st 2009



1870 Comments


Actually I find Paranoid and Heaven and Hell to be the only ones that top this.

shindip
April 10th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Compared to their previous three albums, this one just is not that good. Spiral Architect is a pretty dope song, though



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