|It is safe to say that any real Black Sabbath fan will recognise this album with the first few coughs. These coughs open the possibly best Black Sabbath record ever, at least in my ever so humble opinion.|
'Master of Reality' holds some of the -perhaps not the best known, but definitely musically- best and doomiest tracks. While I normally am not big on labelling Black Sabbath as the first Doom-metal band I will make an exception in this case. The album is slow, heavy, dark and stomps and rolls forwards without retention.
Tracks like 'After Forever' and especially 'Children of the grave' (a personal favourite of mine) are prime examples of this. Dark and unstoppable classics that must have lid the way for countless early Doom- and Stoner acts alike. Unlike what fans of for example MDB. and other modern Death/Doom acts are used to, the music does make you want to jump around or bang your head in as if in "quiet" agreement, a constant confirmation that "Yeah, this rocks man!!!".
This album also sees a change in the lyrical content. Some of the tracks, like aforementioned 'After Forever' clearly show that Iommi and friends where tired of the constant link towards Satanism made by press and Church alike. The topics in these songs deal with rejecting Satan and accepting God, but also contain a big dose of criticism towards the endless onslaught of criticism they have had from the established Church.
A fun fact about this album is that the short instrumental 'Orchid' was the inspiration for the album title of Opeth's debut album; 'Orchid'. All in all it of course is not my place to pass judgement on this, or any other BS. record. History has already proven the majestic power and influence of BS.'s work. If I however had to end this review with a solid conclusion it would be that 'Master of Reality' simply is a blue print for Doom-metal.
1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever
4. Children of the Grave
6. Lord of this World
8. Into the Void
Duration : Approx. 34 minutes
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