Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
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Upon its release in '73, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath began achieving a feat that had, for the previous four albums and three years, eluded the Birmingham metal maestros. It started getting good reviews. Until then, the music critics had not warmed to the bare, brutal honesty of Black Sabbath's music, not least Rolling Stone critic Lester Bangs, who had described the band's debut Black Sabbath as "Just like Cream. But worse!" Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was released on 1 December 1973 and was immediately heralded by the previously reluctant Rolling Stone magazine as "an extraordinarily gripping affair" and "nothing less than a complete success". The album reached Number 4 in the UK charts and 11 in the US charts, where it would go on to achieve Platinum sales success.
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- A National Acrobat
- Sabbra Cadabra
- Killing Yourself To Live
- Who Are You?
- Looking For Today
- Spiral Architect
Linus Thomas on 14.04.2011
The template for this album was set by its predecessor Volume 4, an album that featured songs with multiple movements within them that bordered on progressive rock. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath took that template and allowed the band to journey into the realms of prog rock without ever overfeeding on the musical possibilities that genre offers. While many of the songs on SBS feature multiple musical movements in them they are never overblown, gorged on, then repeatedly vomited out like a bulimic at a discreetly hidden cake stall. What made it to vinyl needs to be there. The songs are finely, tightly crafted compact metal monsters featuring great metal melodies and guitar hooks that catch you more assuredly than you'd catch Ebola after tongue kissing a victim's liver. Highlights are Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (the song) featuring a coda that is surely the sound of bones grinding in hell.
Compiled from the most successful tracks on Australian charts and radio, all of the Australian fan favourites, and with newly created Australian outback themed artwork, it is a must for all Aussie fans.