Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album CoverAt just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meagre 8 tracks, with a new front man the band just hired off The Rainbow bar on the Sunset Strip in L.A., a record really needed to be good. The classic and 9th studio album Heaven and Hell from Black Sabbath will qualify – to an extent. And yes, to an extent only. ‘Tis not all great and shiny disco lights! Not all tracks qualify to open heaven’s gate on this disc. But be this as it may, there definitely is improvement on this album, and this on several fronts at once. More to that later.

Ronnie James Padavone aka Dio was hired to pull this supposedly foundering ship called Black Sabbath off its moorings and into the deep sea where it belonged.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - Album CoverAh, lauded be thy beginnings, oh black tainted and (kind of wannabe) occult Black Sabbath! I still remember the hazy-daze atmosphere way back in time when we listened to this first ‘Black Sabbath‘ record. 

Still in a drug induced haze – like the whole music industry at that time, it appears to me and the after effects can still be seen from within the band today – they actually went to the dark side of the moon, whereas the other potheads rode the wave of peace and love into oblivion. And I love the band for it, because these were dark times in a way and these guys the heroes for going there.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Black Sabbath – 13 (2013) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - 13 - Album CoverHa! They STILL can do it!! The grumpy old men from Black Sabbath in the original formation. Minus the drummer, I would hasten to add. Looks like Bill Ward had issues with a contract, a written contract to be precise. Something he could sign – or more the lack thereof. Now, Black Sabbath‘s latest, but hopefully not last album 13 is hitting us in full force. It comes indeed across as much more powerful, louder and sinister than the other albums ever were. 

’13’ kind of feels like a continuation of the self-titled very first record Black Sabbath the band produced in 1970. Minus the woozy, boozy, heavily doped interludes that poisoned the early records.Got hooked? Raid this some more...