Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath (1970)

Referred to as the creators or originators of heavy metal, Black Sabbath appeared on the scene in the late 1960's, and released their self-titled debut in 1970. Their original lineup consisting of John "Ozzy" Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). With only a small number of tracks on the album, the group uses their musical talents to enhance and focus in on the ambience. The title track being the first introduction to the sound that Black Sabbath brings to the table.

Consisting of a nightmarish/sleep paralysis type figure simply referred to as a "figure in black", in the title track, to lyrics written from the point of view of the devil himself in "N.I.B.". Other tracks on this LP, are mainly based on mythology, or inspired by books


Track Listings as they appear on the album:

  1. "Black Sabbath"-6:20

  2. "The Wizard"-4:22

  3. "Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B."-9:44

  4. "Wicked World"-4:47

  5. "A Bit of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning"-14:15


Receiving very poor reactions when first released, The album has become an iconic piece of rock history. Providing a relentless sense of impending doom, this album may not have been the very first of its kind, but it was one of if not the most noteworthy. Ozzy's howling vocals, Iommi's gloomy guitar solos, Butler's dreadful bass lines, and Ward's harrowing drums, make this album most certainly one to check out if you haven't already.

Released on Friday, the 13th of February 1970, this album showed fans what was to come from this legendary group.

Rock on, Sabbath!

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