Black Sabbath is the debut studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on 13 February 1970 by Vertigo Records in the United Kingdom and Warner Bros. Records in the United States on 1 June 1970. The album is widely regarded as the first heavy metal album. Additionally, the opening track, "Black Sabbath", has been referred to as the first doom metal song.Upon release, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Charts and number 23 on the US Billboard 200. Black Sabbath is included in Robert Dimery's 2005 musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Wikipedia
Black Sabbath - more like Slack Babbath
Imagine: It is 1970. The heaviest thing you'd ever heard was Jimi Hendrix, maybe a little Blue Cheer if you were really spicy. You're browsing in the record shop and see this spooky looking album with a grainy picture of a woman in a field on it. You buy it out of curiosity, and bring it home. You pop it on to your record player, and are greeted with the sounds of rain. And then, suddenly, thundering guitars, playing an evil riff, with a man yelling at a satanic figure giving him nightmarish visions. Nothing could prepare you for this. It was unlike anything else at the time. And it STILL holds up today.
yess, instant 5/5. first heavy metal album in history.
On a monday morning, looking at this album cover, I wish it was October. This is the perfect spooky album opening up quickly with a mention of Satan as this evil vile woman stands in the wood ready to curse an unsuspecting bloke...or maybe she already has? Is she the Wizard? We can't be sure, but the vibe Sabbath put out on this album is insane. The distorted guitar, the harmonica (a devil in disguise type instrument), and I just heard "lucifer" as I write this. I can't imagine how the young and old of America took this album when it came out. Were they scared? Were they repentant? All I know is I'll be coming back to the altar to listen to some of these hellish hits. And in fact, I did, listening to this album again with my brother. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to keep the Sabbath holy.
More grooves and toons than I expected but mostly riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs, riffs. Not bad in theory but in practise led to me zoning out, making this background music with pretensions. Some humour, musically speaking. How much Ozzy's voices adds to the mix is up for debate. Not so the lyrics. They're dumb as all hell. I'm being stingy with the rating. I feel I've got to protect that second star.
The first heavy metal album of all time and it's by the Prince of Darkness. All-time great. \m/
Finally some Sabbath! I actually haven't heard their debut before, but of course I've heard "The Wizard." The lore behind this thing is fascinating. Recorded in twelve hours, with Tony Iommi's plastic fingers forcing the guitar into a dark dimension. Every track on here bangs, I'm stupefied. The jazzy drumming that opens "Wicked World" blew me away. I also love that the version I'm hearing mashes songs together, like someone just found these recordings in a collapsed garage and tried to piece it all together. Not sure what else to say, this is a perfect album. Favorite tracks: The Wizard, Black Sabbath, Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B. Album art: Love the text, love the colors, and this picture genuinely scares me. I was looking at this last night on my phone and it terrified me, like I was going to see this woman take a few steps toward me or something. 5/5
Excellent album - always forget how bluesy early Sabath is - good introduction to Black Sabath for those who aren't massively into heavy metal.
The birth of heavy metal. Still finding it's way here but they were blazing a trail afterall. I find Black Sabbath's music to be delightfully heavy and thoroughly enjoyable. Some of the most infectious riffs ever. Love the interplay of guitar and bass. Love the tones. Perhaps the greatest example of a band taking a theme and unintentionally turning it into a whole genre. They tapped into something people didn't even realize they were hungry for. Critics hated it at the time and shit on it. Look at the original reviews of their albums from Rolling Stone and then look at how they then have to flip and eat crow and give their albums like 5 stars and include them in their top albums of all time lists now. To me heavy metal is like comic books, an art form that at the outset was seen as juvenile and crude but has gone on to mature and gain more respect over time (hell, you could say the same if rock and roll itself). And like comic books, I think if you don't get into heavy metal in your youth, it can be harder to find your way into it later in life. Black Sabbath are easily my favorite heavy metal band and the key to unlocking all that came in their wake.
Like Cream, but way better!
The birth of a new genre is always something that should be celebrated and listened to. 4.5/5
Снова ситуация, когда нам дают альбом не за проверку временем, а за его инновативность на момент выхода. в целом я не против, но опять же, если уже есть параноид, который мелодичнее, тяжелее, более цепляющий и просто лучше - так ли важно знакомиться с зачатками всех этих качеств на дебютнике? ИМХО - нет. Для себя на данном альбоме ничего нового не услышал, эпохальныхриффов не завезли, те что есть - немного сырые и неубедительно сыгранные. звук отстроен странно - в первой песне почему-то гитара одна и отведена влево (хуевое решение, право всегда более тащит), но в остальных вполне себе присутствуют стереопара с двух сторон, ну то есть они знали, что так можно делать, че в первой-то забили. В песне N. I. B., вероятно, самый годный риффак и охуенное бассовое интро, но при этом когда оно заканчивается и начинается дисторшн-басс - он звучит просто отвратительно, как зубами по жестяному ведру. Тексты какой-то херковский дроч на гот-эстетику, ничего информативного и бесконечного-вечного не несут. Каверы - это отдельная тема. Evil Woman звучит, конечно, прикольно, но ощущается полнейшим рассинхроном с основным тоном пластинки, непонятно нахуя оно здесь вообще (на параноиде, кстати, больше бы зашло наверн, там и сама заглавная песня чем-то похожа). А Warning - это продолжание традиций ебучих Кинг Кримзон, которые были уверены, что имеют право на студийном альбоме останавливать песню и 5 минут вяло ковырять свои инструменты, издавая рандомные унылые ноты. Хронометраж в 10 минут абсолютно не оправдан, хотя где-то в ядре композиции находиться вполне себе годный песняк. ну я лично оцениваю такой экспириенс в 6/10, не думаю, что каждый человек обязательно должен это послушать
5 stars obviously c'mon
38min long of solid good
One of the greatest collections of riffs known to man. I don’t have a bad word to say about this album. The highlight for me: Geezer Butler’s intrepid bass lines. This album does not give a fuck what you think about it. Too much reverb? No way, no such thing! Another tempo change? Sure, the more the merrier! Two guitar solos at the same time? Fuck it, why not?!
Surely and factually genre defining. I didn't think metal could hold so much blues influence, but damn they make it work. This album was probably one of my most worth listens and also one of the more intriguing ones. This album resembles the birth of metal and reading about that while blasting these tunes has surely opened the tab on a good and lasting memory
Amazing. One of the most influential albums of all time
Gotta give full 5 star respect to the originators. Great musicians. Must have been wild to hear this the year it came out.
Love Black Sabbath. This is such a great album, and historically very significant as a genre originator. Factoring in historical significance, this is an easy 5 star. The musical talent in the band reinforces that as well. The drumming especially is awesome.
What a classic!
It's the album that gave us heavy metal, what needs to be said? Thanks?
Very excited by the intro. Yeah, really liking this. I can hear how influenced Ty Segall is by Black Sabbath in these songs. Each of these songs are just instantly likable. I don't love the vocals but they aren't unbearable and there are so many redeeming qualities to the music. I was of course aware of Black Sabbath but had never listened to a whole album. I think I'm a new fan. Wow, Wicked World almost sounds like a jazz tune at times. Yeah this album kicks ass. Love the way the songs mesh together. Liked it even better on the second listen, and was better able to appreciate the expressiveness and vulnerability in Ozzy's vocal delivery.
Take your 5 stars!
Classic for a reason. Timeless. Played it twice.
Love it from go to whoa. Bass & slapping drums that fit snuggly, guitar solos that added to the songs.
muy muy muy verga
Damn! Everyone kills it in this group. Ozzy is legendary obvi, guitar wails (and solos are much better than van halen imo), bass is dark and rich, and drums take it to the next level. Love NIB, love it all
my favorite songs were the wizard and NIB (but that one is like together with two other songs). i thought the guitar solos were super cool, the lyrics were wild, and i could really see how this changed the course of metal music.
Un disco bestial
Still great. Spent all day listening to Sabbath after
Incredibly enjoyable. Set me down a rabbit hole of listening to loads of their other albums having never listened to them before.
Classic metal album, and my favorite from Sabbath
How many times a band makes a debut like this?
This is the Devil's music. Won't somebody please think of the children??????
Yeah, ok Sabbath you can have loads of stars.
The first albums of legendary bands tend to be either disappointing or incredible. Pleasantly surprised to Sabbath falls in the latter camp.
Metal del bueno. Aquí empezó el metal
The album that started heavy metal. Love the rain on the opening track, followed by the haunting riffs.
The most influential album of all time. It's almost undeniable. Every single metal band can be tracked back to this singular album. The title track is a harrowing descent into occultism, The Wizard is an amazing piece, and the bass throughout the album is incredible. There will never be an album that will change the landscape of music like this one did ever again. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Only thing to really say is, "Sabbath fucking rules." A record that, even over 50 years ago, everyone is trying to clone and improve upon. Delightfully occult, heavy, and just makes you want to headbang. Contains my favorite Sabbath song: "N.I.B.", once described as "the raucous defiling of Cream", a better description I cannot supply. Favorite tracks: "Black Sabbath", "Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B."
It’s just so good. Not as many “hits” on their debut as say something like Paranoid but still an awesome Moody albums that blends blues rock and psychedelic into something dark, beautiful and new- Heavy Metal. An excellent debut that successfully established the feel of the band with catchy riffs, low growling guitars, and satanic lyricism. Yay!
Hay muchas razones para darle 5 estrellas a este disco: desde las letras, los efectos y overdubbing con la voz, el procesamiento y ensamble que hacen a las guitarras y el bajo que también tiene su buena distor y todo esto en un contexto que en su momento era novedoso y motivo de temor para la gente que los oía por primera vez. Encima, las rolas musicalmente hablando son muy buenas, con esa base de blues pero acelerado y con el volumen alto. En definitiva disfruté tenerlo que oír completo y en orden, porque hace años no lo hacía.
Desde el momento en que de muy pequeño vi este LP en casa de mi abuela me fascinó e intrigó. Era una portada totalmente distinta a los demás como película de horro y... con un vampiro! Cuando por fín lo escuché probablemente entre 11-12 años no hubo marcha atrás. Fue un sonido exactamente como esperaba lúgubre, distinto a cualquier cosa que había escuchado hasta ese momento y que me atraía/asustaba enormemente. A pesar de la cantidad de nostalgia el disco tiene un mérito propio enorme que creo casi nadie puede disputar. Ese inicio y transición de el rock pesado a crear lo que va a ser el metal, la cantidad de influencia que tiene y la inventiva de la banda en toda esa época inicial son innegables. ¿Es un disco perfecto? Seguro hay peros que algunos le pueden poner; se sienten inicios de ese cambio pero también eso lleva a cierta inconsistencia, a ratos se siente demasiado blues, a ratos demasiado rock setentero que se puede sentir muy similar a otras bandas y a ratos se siente esa luz de innovación. Sleeping Village puede ser una canción no tan buena, Warning puede ser demasiado larga, The Wizard suena casi de un disco distinto con su harmónica característica. No importa, son minucias cuando se contraponen con el peso, relevancia y calidad del disco. Esos discos que a pesar de tener más de 50 años han envejecido con la mayor gracia posible. Hay un par de discos de Black Sabbath que se puede alegar son aun mejores pero no se le puede quitar mérito y, aunque pienso que la calificación está más que justificada, tampoco hay forma de quitar mi parte subjetiva en tanto al grado de importancia que tuvo esta banda y este disco en particular en cimentar las bases de todos mis gustos musicales posteriores. No había más que decir, era un 5 cuando vi la portada y después de escucharlo con gusto una vez más después de incontables ocasiones nada cambio.
Yes! This album starts so heavy with the devils chord and it commands your attention. This is a landmark hard rock album and a great one that still holds up. Favorite Tracks: "Black Sabbath" "The Wizard" "NIB"
Grondlegger van de metal-scene. Nog heel wat rock 'n roll en blues invloeden in dit album, en dit wordt gesmaakt!
One of the classic great Metal albums, and I've heard it many times before. Though listening this time, several years after the first, I now see the blues influences better. The same kind of driving bass and simple melodies that would go on and become the basis for Funk and Disco. Neat stuff that.
#5 Black Sabbath was awesome!!! 1st 5 stars!! Music was the kind of stuff I love!!!
The origin of all things devil-horned \m/
One of the most important musical albums in people's history! The first "heavy metal" album at all! The sound of the album has got the roots in rock, hard rock, jazz, blues and psychedelia with adding of heavy distortion and creating completely a new genre. It was a starting point of separation heavy metal from "rock and roll" and also a prototype to a lot of future rock musical genres. This album was also credited as the first record in sludge / stoner rock and goth genres. Long guitar solos reminds of progressive metal sound. Also Kurt Cobain wanted Nevermind to sound more like Black Sabbath so this albums also has got an influence to alternative rock and grunge sounds. Completely must listen and must have in collection if you re a fan of hard rock / heavy metal / alternative music!
Wow this fucking slapped hard. MASTAPIECE!
Now here's one I've heard often enough to give it a straight 5 without re-listening, even though it's been quite a while that I last heard it. Of course, I still re-listened and it was a pleasure to do so. Not only was this the album that originated metal music as we know it today, but it has also stood the test of time really well and is still a great album when listened to today. Favorite tracks N.I.B. and Warning
Yes, \_ _/
This album has one of my favorite songs of all time.
Legendary guitar riffs
Pioneros del heavy-metal. Rock con mayúsculas. Inconfundible voz, acordes y estilo.
Classique! J'adore et ça me rememore plein de souvenirs 5*
Classic down tempo metal!
Good album. Would rate it 8/10.
Insert Beavis and Butthead head banging here
A true classic
Oh hells yes.
The album that melted my mind as a child and set me on a path that 40 years later has not disappointed. One of the true GOATS.
One of the most influential albums ever made. An explosive rhythm section, fuzzy guitar riffing and ozzys oddball vocal performance all made for something very distinct in the early 70s, but even thought it's been ripped off a million times and not novel sounding any more the strength of the songwriting still is better than most albums in its genre. The opener is the standout with it's tritone based riff and eerie atmosphere but the groove heavy blues rock of NIB also is incredible. Basically every riff is catchy.
Holy shit, I forgot that this is one hell of an album
Pure metal gold
The wonderfully dumb alpha and omega.
Fragen: - Wie kann das Album an einem Tag recordet worden sein und so geil klingen? - Wie kann man Heavy Metal so geil in einem Album ausbauen und manifestieren dass so vieles danach alt aussieht? - Wie kann man gleichzeitig entspannt Doom Metal miterfinden dass dann aber trotzdem wieder 10 Jahre ignoriert wurde? - Wieso wurde die Mundharmonika danach im Metal nicht weiter gebraucht? - Wieso wurde Hair Metal danach so corny? - Wie kann man aus den nichts so mystische (gute) Texte schreiben? Kurz: Safe eins der 10 wichtigsten Alben aller Zeiten. Mit Paranoid dann nochnmal wichtiger und großer. Ich liebe das düstere drückende und die psychdelischen vibes die aus den späten 60ern noch mitschwingen. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist dass das riffing etwas wiederholend ist, gehört aber auch iwie zu dem Trance Zustand dazu. Für meinen persönlichen Geschmack eine 4, hier gebe ich eine 5 (also gebe ich nicht kann ich ja nicht mehr aber ich tu so als wäre das nicht passiert)
Scheinbar sind auf dem Album nur 5 Wörter die mehr als 2 Silben haben lmao. „Black Sabbath“ ist schon ein krasses Statement für ein Debüt, ahead of its time wird zwar imo ein bisschen inflationär gebraucht, aber hier ist es sicherlich angebracht. Der Opener hat halt quasi Doom Metal begründet, wenn nicht Heavy Metal überhaupt. Man hört noch die Nachklänge von Blues Rock, aber das hier ist definitiv was neues. Mega geil durch und durch wird abgeliefert, die Produktion bringt auch jedes Instrument zum scheinen (Sogar den Bass!). Ich kann gar nichts schlechtes darüber sagen… Außerdem eins der geilsten Covers überhaupt.
Ein Meisterwerk, das muss so absolut mindblowing gewesen sein damals, den härtesten Song den davor jemals jemand gehört hat war Helter Skelter von den Beatles und dann kommen Black Sabbath einfach mit dieser Teufelsmusik um die Ecke. Ozzys Vocals absolut on Point und bis heute einige der besten Riffs ever auf dem Album. Hat zwar nicht so ikonische Tracks wie Paranoid aber insgesamt als Album einfach von vorne bis hinten perfekt. Funfact Tony Iommi hat irgendwann zwei Finger halb verloren und hatte dann so Plastikprothesen mit denen er die Gitarrensaiten viel krasser ziehen drücken spannen whatever konnte was maßgeblich zu diesem Sound beigetragen hat
5.5…. A classic among classics….16, grade 9, long hair ,army jacket, work boots…teenage angst….what’s not to love…absolutely cherished this album.
O começo do esplendor do metal
OMG, I am so excited! I question the must-hear nature of some album choices, but this is a dead set classic that kicked off a whole genre. Still with reminders that they were, at heart, a heavy blues band, they have descended down a path to a new place. I listen to contemporary stoner metal and doom, and I can hear the direct influence of this seminal work being played today.
Wonderfully heavy. Notes of electric gloom. An acceptance of death.
The first four Sabbath records are flawless. The absolute origin of metal music, their self-titled debut is not only dark, thick, and heavy, but also very playful. So much modern metal forged in the wake of this album is performed by better musicians, but very few exhibit the creativity and willingness to experiment to the extent that Sabbath does here. It's over 50 years and this continues to inspire bands to grab a guitar and stare into the void.
Paranoid will always be the best Sabbath album in my eyes. But Black Sabbath birthed a genre, and their music perfectly captures the atmosphere of Birmingham and their origins. 5/5.
Didn't need to listen to this to give it 5. Did anyway. A fantastic record.
I love Doom, and it is so vital in a Doom fan's knowledge base to have this album.
5/5. 2 legendary 😎🤘
El començament del rock dur i el heavy metal. En realitat, blues rock dur i fort, acompanyat d'un so primitiu i una producció de mímims, que en aquest cas glorifica la música. Les lletres, la veu d'Ozzy i els efectes sonors fan la resta. A més, conté dos dels grans clàssics del génere i la década, 'N.I.B.' i la mateixa 'Black Sabbath'
Classic. Amazing start to finish.
The very first heavy metal album - it's a legend!
First time I've heard this album. Thought it was brilliant. Loved the sound. to think this was out at the end of the 60's
I love evil music! I want to listen to music that would get me burned at the stake in the 15th century! The spooky Halloween atmosphere is awesome, too bad it's May right now. Full of bangers - the title track is a contender for best metal song of all time. "N.I.B." was sick, so was "The Wizard". I gotta say, thanks for using the harmonica in its intended form - a horror instrument. Take notes, Bob Dylan - I don't want to hear your screeching piece of rusty metal in an otherwise beautiful song. The harmonica is a demonic instrument that summons demons.
Místico, con buenos riffs y métricas. Buenas notas de blues y pentatonicas
Definitely not as concise as their subsequent albums, but I love it anyway. Not a 5/5 compared to their own discography, but I say it's a 5/5 on this 1001 list Full of killer, catchy riffs
Excellent premier album qui lance encore un fois un nouveau courant. La voix d’Ozzy n’est parfaite ni la plus belle, mais elle est bien originale et sert bien le groupe. Ce n’est pas mon meilleur du groupe, mais tout de même un essentiel à connaître.
It starts with the "diabolus in musica" tritone. It's the first heavy metal album. It's a sweeping roller coaster mixing blues-inspired evil riffs and haunted vocals. Toni Iommi makes the best of his guitar playing abilities, favoring evocative suspensions and sudden maniacal bursts. Ozzy Osbourne howls (unintentionally) funny lyrics once in a while, but most of the times what he howls about is on point to suggest the necessary ambiance. And this impulsive studio performance of all four members is the first of a handful that left their stamp on the history of rock. To put it in a nutshell, it's a stone-clod classic. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
What a terrific album. It's so important to metal as a genre and it's great to listen to. People like to rag on Ozzy for his voice but I think his voice has a lot of character. It's just a classic. Always will be.
I've never really listened to Black Sabbath before and this was a great introduction to the band. I just love that late 60s early 70s blues rock sound. The guitar tones just tickle me in the right way. Yeah it's a lot of extended solos and guitar noodling, but I enjoy it. Gonna be putting this into the rotation for sure.
This is one of my favorite albums since I understand my kind of music. Impossible to dislike it.
I always wonder in which moment an artist realizes that have created something great. In which moment did Ozzi and Tommy realize they created a new artistic movement within the rock? This album is the definion of something new. Sounds, rithms, ways of singing and playing guitar that we then listened in many other bands. This is truly an album that worth to listen. I liked it.
It is everything, isn't it?
The beginning of greatness from the Prince of Darkness. Who knew only a short time later he'd be biting the head off a bat in my home state? Absolute legend of ROCK!
The only bad thing about this album is that I waited until my mid 20s to listen to it. This isn't music, this is a force of nature
Great first album
Fuck, and I can't stress this enough, YES.
Apparently this was the first metal album? So cool!
Not sure how Ozzy became the most famous one from the band, but the guitar is killer on this.
Listened to album, painted house black and bought very expensive Librams, then found out these guys were just a bunch of nerds who were talking about Lord of the Rings and HP Lovercraft ... whoops
Fucking love this one
Guys, I just love all of it. I don't even care if my mind wanders briefly in the back half, because it sounds so fucking good. I'm not sure there's ever been a better guitar tone. It's so much closer to what it actually sounds like when anybody plugs an electric guitar into an amp and adds distortion, and yet it also sounds so much better than what anyone can do just by doing those things. That sound is clearly in Iommi's hands and fingers (even the one that got chopped off.) It's perfect. And Ozzy on N.I.B.? I mean, come on. Legendary.
It's tough trying to be objective when you've owned, and loved, an album for over twenty years. I gave Black Sabbath another spin and it took me back to my teens, and reminded me of the excitement of being young and discovering music for oneself. Couple that with the fact that, despite chat about Blue Cheer, Cream and Vanilla Fudge, that I firmly believe Sabbath invent metal on this album (and have made the case elsewhere online) and I know I won't be giving this less than five stars. Still, strip away all else, and any platter containing 'The Wizard', 'Black Sabbath' (the seed of doom metal) and 'NIB' (all-time great riff-a-thon) is gonna generate heat.
Voici ce que j'en ai déjà dit: "Excellent premier album qui lance encore un fois un nouveau courant. Le ton est mis dès l'ouverture de l'album. La voix d’Ozzy n’est parfaite ni la plus belle, mais elle est bien originale et sert bien le groupe. Ce n’est pas mon meilleur du groupe, mais tout de même un essentiel à connaître."
EPIC!!!ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT ALBUMS EVER!! PIONEERS!!CANT EVEN THINK HOW BLOW PEOPLE MIND IN 1970 WHEN THEY BOUGHT THE ALBUM AND PUT THE RECORD TO PLAY FOR FIRST TIME AND SELF TITTLE SONG STARTS TO PLAY..
Still sounds spooky today, and not in a campy way. This must have shat some pants 50 years ago. I love the majority of the album… except for “Warning”. Blues wankery is not what Iommi lost his fingertips for, but thankfully they’ll drop this right after. Still deserves an A
Fucking amazing. Way ahead of their time.
One of the best albums ever
Super dark. Really liked. Going to dive into the liner notes and wikipedia. Felt like something my older brother would listen to while I was listening to Poison and Def Leopard.
Kick ass album, never heard doom metal before but its fun and heavy. The riffs are killer and drums pound.
I have listened to this album many times, I think it's my 5th favorite Black Sabbath album. I love all of these tracks, but my favorites are "The Wizard" and "Wicked World."
Few albums actively defined a whole genre like Black Sabbath. But even fewer albums contain songs that lunged more than one genre almost a decade out into the future; as is the case with “Black Sabbath” and “N.I.B.”. It’s unbelievable that this was recorded in just half a day from just the band playing their live set. Jesus, what I wouldn’t give to have seen an early Sabbath-show. The whole band is as good as they ever were - which is almost surreal considering this is their debut. Especially Ozzy’s vocals are mixed to perfection. The panned production on “Behind the Wall of Sleep”? Holy shit. It’s hard to fathom that this record is actually more than half a century old.
Of course this album is immensely impressive - not only for being the prototype heavy metal album, but also for how developed the sound and style is. Tony Iommi's riffs are legendary - as on 'The Wizard' - and his unique way of playing definitely guided the band towards a heavier sound. 52 years later and 'Black Sabbath' x3 is still one of the best doom tracks ever written. Lastly, the production throughout this really is something else, with the vocal pan on 'Behind the Wall of Sleep' being a highlight. The whole process of recording the album in one session seems to have added a unique element to the atmosphere and overall feel.
Great metal album
Just as classic as a 1970 Chevelle
Very nice album. Great atmosphere. black Sabbath and NIB alone 5 stars
I somehow missed Black Sabbath in my early teens when I listened to a ton of hard rock. I don't really understand how and why I did, but, hey, it happened. Anyway, listening to them now, I hear how great they were and the major role they played in a whole offshoot of rock music. What's particularly interesting to this album, at least the way I experience it, is how it doesn't sound stuck in time to me the way so many albums from the past can sound. I read the Wikipedia entry about how it was recorded, and I honestly believe that played a very big part in helping the album not to sound too much like the year in which it was recorded and produced. The band went into the studio and performed their live set, recording the whole thing in about 12 hours. Not much at all was done to the tracks in production. I just can't shake the feeling that had they gone the usual route with lots of overdubbing, effects, and so on, it would've been fine but would very much sound like a rock band in 1970 than what it sounds like to me. Fantastic.
Title says a lot. Imagine hearing this drop in 1970...shocking! Riffs galore. The world wasn't ready.
This is a good enough album, I know first heavy metal album yadda yadda, but paranoid is where they really took off. This stuff is a bit softer, a bit more Zeppelin kinda style, which Zep did way better imo. Still, some of it is still pretty fkn cool. The title track is the best by far here. 4/5.
im pretty tired while writing this and my brain is a tiny bit fried from having to do school for the first time in months this morning + having to get up rly early + finishing a song. albums cool. it has good vibes. guitar tone is sick but a couple of the songs arent super great. evil woman is "boring lame hard rock" personified. last song kind of derails halfway through and doesnt pick back up again until near the end. mostly really sick though.
Unfortunately wasn't a huge fan of the last song, but the rest was good. I can always throw some love for solid guitar work. Overall I enjoyed it and understand why it made the list.
I knew I would enjoy this album if only because it's been ages since I was served a legit rock album. What I wasn't prepared for, for some reason, was the level of musical skill on display. This is (checks notes) their first album and they're all playing like seasoned veterans. Really impressive chops. It does get docked one star because of the cheesy, try-hard, "ooh, we're so scary" lyrics.
Pretty good stuff
Not their masterpiece but this was super cool to listen to
Hyvää rockia! Nelonen on aavistuksen yläkanttiin, eli 3,8* olis oma arvio.
Did like it, unfortunately the first song was the best since it was much more dark and mysterious than the rest, the others were almost normal blues rock
Heel nice, zou ik vaker luisteren complexe rock beetje led zepplin achtig maar dan beter. 7.5/10
Everything was nice, except the first song
This album obviously marks the birth of heavy metal and countless other genres and is very good by itself. Some moments sound very ahead of its time while others are still raw and untrained and sound like four 15 year olds in a garage.
Solid album. Some outstanding tracks
Solid album. Start of heavy metal. Missing 2 songs on spotify which was disappointing.
Excellent album pour amateur de heavy metal.
Intro to N.I.B is nuts
Favorites: Black Sabbath, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B, Evil Woman, Wicked World, Warning Recognized as the album that birthed heavy metal. 'Black Sabbath' track is considered to be the first doom metal song.
The sort of music I was warned against as a kid as demonic! That cover art is great. Haven't heard all of the tracks except The Wizard, Wasp, never knew it was Sabbath actually. Also forgot Ozzy Osbourne was the singer in Sabbath. First one starts very Sludge/Doom Metal (was a genre born from this single song?). Second is much more up-beat... by metal standards. The entire album reminds me of growing up and hearing the bus drivers play "Laser 101.7" on the radio (Rochester classic rock station). Rest is pretty typical Sabbath, but I enjoyed it. I think the shortness of this album helps it actually, a preview of what's to come. 3.5 up to 4.
Did not expect to enjoy it - but I did!
No me gusta el metal y así con todo es un puto discón
Much better than I expected.
Sonically interesting. I see why people call it the first heavy metal album and now thinking about it can hear its influence elsewhere.
Iconic album not their best tho 3.9
I'd not heard much of Black Sabbath but this was pretty darn good. Really got into "Warning". Opening track was also very cool.
Classic. Probably my favorite BS album. 9/10 1. NIB 2. Black Sabbath 3. Warning
I mean, arguably the first heavy metal album, gotta be considered a classic! Got that brooding sound. Pushed blues rock into true heaviness. There's fairly juvenile songs about wizards and the occult, so it's really laying down some genre foundation stones... Fave track - "Black Sabbath" - the first doom metal song! And doom metal, imho, is the finest of the metals! 🤘
Yep, that’s Black Sabbath.
It doesn't reach the peaks of its successor, but I think this is a more consistent album throughout. The back half is surprisingly good, and includes a gosh dang jawharp. Hell it gets bluesy towards the end.
Like the Mario Bava film this album takes its name from this is Terror at it's finest, lavish and full of ethereal doom. Both heavy and trance like. The album transports one to a gorgeous landscape marred by evil spirits which lurk across the land colours saturated by moonlight and the dripping of red blood. But imthere's also whimsy, creative minds unmoored by societal expectation. The birth of doom. Of heavy metal. The fact that paranoid was recorded less than a year afterward is a true wonder.
Álbum fundacional del heavy metal, no llega a las cotas de los dos siguientes discos del grupo pero, es un clásico que debe estar en esta lista.
I liked this album but Paranoid was way better
4.3 - Raw and restrained. A tight, heavy sound with melodic guitar lines and Ozzy’s towering voice. Loads of swagger by a band that already felt comfortable exploiting silence to draw out the power in their arrangements.
Czorny sabat, czyli jeden z bandow kucowego podziemia, ktore razem z AC/DC i Ledem Zeppelinem sa czczone jako bogowie rocka lamanego przez hardego rocka, debiut czarnego sabata zmienil to jak ludzie przdakaja w gitarki po dzis dzien i uzywaja aluzji i metafor zwiazanych z panem ciemnym, ktore staly sie stalym elementem kultury kucowatej, hajlajtami albumiku sa dla mnie openingowy kawalek o nazwie takiej samej jak albumik i band oraz N.I.B, strasznie klimatycznie wypadaja wokale ozzbornowe, moje ulbuione wokale mainstreamowego twardego rokowania
So good! Awesome gat. surprised I like this so much. Very Zep. Harmonica in The Wizard Bass in Evil Woman
A lot more progressive and inventive than I thought. And great rhythm section.
But, what's Kelly Osbourne up to these days?
Ozzy Osbourne and I were roommates back when we played for the Aston Villa under 12s. I taught him how to bite the heads off bats and he taught me how to take successful panenka penalties. If you'd have asked us back then, we'd have both said that Ozzy would go on to have a fairly noteable football career and that I would become the prince of darkness. What a turnaround. I also used to regularly finger Sharon.
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B./Wicked World Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I don't know if this list has broadened my horizons or if this album really is that different from Paranoid, but I MUCH preferred this one. I'll be reappraising my 2 for Paranoid later, but I really liked this album. I don't get why they decided to combine multiple songs together, would've liked it even more if I could listen to just certain parts of the two ~10 minute songs. A 4.5 that I'll round to a 4 because I'm trying to avoid score inflation and I didn't ADORE this album, but damn this was a good album. Cut like 3 minutes off that last song and it's a 5.
Happily stick this on speakers while out in the garden on a hot day with an alcoholic beverage
I feel like I am in a cult
Heavy heavy sound. Ozzys voice is well ozzy
Actually surprisingly good. I had listened to it a while ago and wasn't that fond of it, but I really likes it upon listening to it another time.
-Early influence of modern metal heard in distorted guitar -Building drums, dope guitar solo in self titled track -Distorted riffs like modern metal, unique tracks -Wall of sleep remaster badly mixed -Aged well
Good rocker from 1970. While not my cup of tea, certainly was classic and enjoyable
If 'Black Sabbath' and 'N.I.B' weren't on this album it would be a good proggy, guitar focused rock album. Enjoyable but forgettable. But they are on this album, (plus the album cover looks like it does), so 60 years later teenagers still listen to metal in their bedrooms. It's like listening to the first monkey who discovered how to make fire. 4/5 for just those songs alone.
Sometimes a little funky, sometimes a little jazzy. You can hear the birth of a genre here, and it’s really exciting because it’s free form and fun.
4.1/5 loved it early ozzy and the boys. Very heavy and dark. Metal as it gets
I appreciate the idea of this album, but I can take it in small doses only.
Great album, you can hear how their sound will develop into Paranoid from this.
Sabbath is Sabbath. Paranoid and Vol.4 are my favourites, but still awesome.