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Monday, October 13, 2008

Album Of The Day-Black Sabbath-"Master Of Reality" (1971)

Alright, after a great weekend in the mountains and hopefully getting my internet back to normal, I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I'm gonna start of with a great Album Of The Day. What would Stoner Rock/Heavy Metal have been without these guys? This also happens to be my favorite album of all-time. That album would be "Master Of Reality" by the one and only Black Sabbath.


With Paranoid, Black Sabbath perfected the formula for their lumbering heavy metal. On its follow-up, Master of Reality, the group merely repeated the formula, setting the stage for a career of recycling the same sounds and riffs. But on Master of Reality Sabbath still were fresh and had a seemingly endless supply of crushingly heavy riffs to bludgeon their audiences into sweet, willing oblivion. If the album is a showcase for anyone, it is Tony Iommi, who keeps the album afloat with a series of slow, loud riffs, the best of which — "Sweet Leaf" and "Children of the Grave" among them — rank among his finest playing. Taken in tandem with the more consistent Paranoid, Master of Reality forms the core of Sabbath's canon. There are a few stray necessary tracks scattered throughout the group's other early-'70s albums, but Master of Reality is the last time they delivered a consistent album and its influence can be heard throughout the generations of heavy metal bands that followed. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide)

Track Listing:

01. "Sweet Leaf" – 5:05
02. "After Forever" (Iommi) – 5:27
03. "Embryo" (Iommi) – 0:28
04. "Children of the Grave" – 5:17
05. "Orchid" (Iommi) – 1:30
06. "Lord of This World" – 5:26
07. "Solitude" – 5:02
08. "Into the Void" – 6:13

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