Black Sabbath
Paranoid


5.0
classic

Review

by battleinthenorth USER (30 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A genre-defining album, this release is absolute perfection right from the word "go".

The influence of legendary British act Black Sabbath has been felt everywhere in the music community since their seminal debut album was released more than forty years ago. Much like a shockwave, the band initially exploded when they stormed onto the scene, before their music rippled outward, inspiring countless rock, blues and metal musicians as well as being sampled on famous hip hop musician Eminem's Recovery album. Where this band hit their peak is frequently debated, with many of their early works being considered candidates, but Paranoid is most often championed as the best of the bunch.

This album changed music forever. From the infectious grooves of the title track to Ozzy Osborne's demented chants on opening classic War Pigs, everything about this album is completely memorable and absolutely fantastic. This goes without mentioning the incredible guitar lines to Electric Funeral and the timeless masterpiece that is Iron Man, alongside every other track on here. This release is comprised of eight songs, and not one of them is anything short of the stuff of legend. From the opening of War Pigs through to the thrilling guitar climax to six minute closer Fairies Wear Boots, Black Sabbath crafted an album that is guaranteed to have you hooked for its entire duration.

This album is both very catchy and the marvelously crafted riffs give it an exceedingly heavy edge to it. The aforementioned Iron Man is one of the best examples of this, boasting a riff set that will remain rooted firmly in the minds of the listeners forever. Tony Iommi has a knack for writing guitar lines that are heavy enough to crush bricks to dust whilst retaining a strong sense of melody. His guitar solos are also not lacking any punch, revolving mainly around blues influenced scales. He dances up and down the fret board with charisma and energy from cover to cover, making this album a must listen straight away. However, the other members of the band still somehow manage to shine as well, with Rat Salad having a particularly impressive piece of drumming in it and Planet Caravan showcasing some of the best bass work out there.

Of course, no album would be complete without a cracking vocal performance, and Ozzy more than delivers on Paranoid. He shouts and wails his way through each of these tracks, with his out-of-key singing somewhat sounding at home on such a ground breaking album. The lyrical content here is also absolutely vital to its success, with War Pigs dealing with the hypocrisy of politicians whilst fantasy topics are also covered on tracks like Iron Man. However, the real pinnacle of this album comes on the title track, which opens with a riff that can be heard time and time again without ever threatening to become dull. This song is one of the shorter tracks on the album, and it makes great use of this sub-five minute time with some really awesome vocal work from Ozzy complimenting an out-of-this-world instrumental performance perfectly.

Paranoid is, to put it simply, the perfect album. This blends elements of rock and blues and, of course, the metal genre that Sabbath themselves created to make for one of the most interesting listens of all time. Not one of these tracks dips in quality, with the first four songs in particular remaining among the best known songs in their genre to this day.



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ksoflas
October 10th 2013


458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sweet review.
Pos'd.

D3rF31
October 10th 2013


27 Comments


haven't listen to this in ages...such good memories. will give it a spin tonight for nostalgia

A 4.5 for me but can't denied it could be a 5 for a lot of people.

Well done review my friend, well done.

NeroCorleone80
October 10th 2013


30104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

m/ so fucking hard

facupm
October 10th 2013


8577 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever made

Activista anti-MTV
October 11th 2013


3150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I agree with best sentiments. Not many albums are produced this clean nowadays. Lots of power chords though sort of relegate this album to a basic level. Having said that, there is a lot going for this album, not least of which being that it is a very, very early metal album that typifies the genre that is to be developed later...

NeroCorleone80
January 28th 2014


30104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever made [2]

NeroCorleone80
March 6th 2014


30104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

m/

BigPleb
March 6th 2014


37888 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever made [3]

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

FearTomorrow
March 6th 2014


1828 Comments


[4]

NeroCorleone80
March 6th 2014


30104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dont know why this review didnt get many comments

tempest--
March 6th 2014


14611 Comments


because its skele and no one cares about him anymore lol

BigPleb
March 6th 2014


37888 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hehehe



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