In honor of Black Sabbath's final tour, taking place in America as I write this, I decided to do a short feature on my current favorite Sabbath album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! Do you know why it's my favorite!? Simply because the music on this album was written in a fucking real life medieval dungeon! And it sounds like it! Who the hell does that? Black Fucking Sabbath! That's who! It doesn't get any more "metal" than that folks!
As most of us already know, Black Sabbath are the god fathers of the heavy metal genre. But on a personal level, I enjoy their more expansive and experimental masterpiece compositions, that delve into the realm of blues, jazz and psychedelic jam. Even the title track has a more expansive vibe, along with the bludgeoning classic Iommi riff that we all know and love! Spiral Architect and A National Acrobat should have been massive hits in a perfect world. The orchestral parts of Spiral Architect had no written music at the time and were a result of melodies hummed by the titan of rock himself, Ozzy Osbourne. This is why some people become super stars. Pure talent such as this, will not go unnoticed. It could have been the drugs too. But I suspect that it was a perfect combination of both superb talent and psychedelic assistance. This is just a thought, not a fact. But it's fun to dig into the legend of this band and think about while listening.
Not only is this my favorite Sabbath album in terms of music, but it also has one of the best, and most legendary album covers to come out of 1970's. It captures the ominous vibe of the album perfectly. The artwork is a comprehensive piece, spanning the front and back cover, depicting the scene of a dying man, with two different outcomes. When interviewed in 1974, Ozzy Osbourne elaborated on the image: "The front of the cover represents a man dying on his deathbed. There are all these distorted figures bending over him and gloating as he lies there. These figures are actually him at different stages of his life. He’s a man of greed, a man who’s wanted everything all his life and done all this evil stuff. But flip the album over, and the back represents the good side of life. The person on the bed has been really good to people. He’s got all these beautiful people crying over him as he’s dying. At the bottom of the bed, he has two tame lions guarding him. All in all, this represents the good and bad of everything."
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In recent months, rock music has taken a beating, in terms of losing some great musicians. The generation including the members of Black Sabbath are slowly fading away. So it is sad to know that Sabbath will not be touring again after 2016. Given the age of all of the members, it is understandable. As a fan though, selfishly I hope that the guys can get together and continue to make music in the studio. I sure am glad that everyone in this band is still around, and even if they will be less active in the future, it feels good to know that some of the legends are still among us. So in tribute, play Sabbath on the turntable loudly, and educate the neighbors on what real music really is.