Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Album Cover A new installment of the Old’n’Tasty series beckons. So, what better record to spiff this list up some than Paranoid from good ‘ol Black Sabbath. Even if its slow start did not really bode well in 1970. The album did however finally make it to quadruple platinum. But only in 1995, some 25 years later.

This is one of these records that improves with age like good red wine. And that many experts now consider a classic. But in the harsh light of reality, is it really that good? And what on earth is a classic at all? Questions [...] Click to raid more!

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (1980) – Review

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album Cover At just some 40 minutes of air-time and a meager 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 will really open heaven’s gates on this disk. But be this as it may, there definitely is improvement on this album, and this on several fronts at [...] Click to raid more!

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970) – Review

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We always like to reach back into the distant past when the first Black Sabbath album saw its light of day! These were the days where the future still looked bright and was full of woozy promise. And we heartily welcomed these renegades from England with their truly unique sound.

As the lore goes, the band recorded their self-titled album in a drug-induced fog, in a 12-hour session over one single fucking day. A classic album recorded on a live set, no less. In other words, they just went in, played, and created a global hit. One that starkly resounds … [...] Click to raid more!

Black Sabbath – 13 (2013) – Review

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Ha! They can still do it! The grumpy old men from Black Sabbath in the original formation. Minus the drummer, I would hasten to add. Because it looks like Bill Ward had issues with a contract, a written contract to be precise. Something he could sign – or more the lack thereof. And he of all people should know that contracts with the devil are not signed. Or then only in blood.

Now, Black Sabbath‘s latest, but hopefully not last album 13 hits us with full force. It comes indeed across as much more powerful, louder and sinister than [...] Click to raid more!