5 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though hardly the first heavy rock album, Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut was nonetheless the record that established metal as a separate life force—the first one to envision a horror world beyond psychedelic acid boogie. Presented as sections of extended, multi-part medleys, tracks such as “Wasp” and “Warning” still rank with the band’s bluesier moments. But bruisers like the sludge-caked title track and the crushing “The Wizard” and “N.I.B.” come off like nightmares putting hippie dreams thoroughly to rest.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though hardly the first heavy rock album, Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut was nonetheless the record that established metal as a separate life force—the first one to envision a horror world beyond psychedelic acid boogie. Presented as sections of extended, multi-part medleys, tracks such as “Wasp” and “Warning” still rank with the band’s bluesier moments. But bruisers like the sludge-caked title track and the crushing “The Wizard” and “N.I.B.” come off like nightmares putting hippie dreams thoroughly to rest.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
226 Ratings

226 Ratings

surfchris ,

Lead

Kids this is called Heavy Metal. Shut up and listen to when people used to PLAY instruments.

mjbballstar13 ,

Black Sabbath

Where's "Evil Woman"?

CoolFreeHardBop3 ,

We were not ready for THIS.

1969, Woodstock, Hippies, Nixon, Beatles, etc. And THEN these nasty British boys turned the amps up to ELEVEN and, uh-oh, The Devil's Music had come full-circle. A must-have record, if only for historical purposes.

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