BLACK SABBATH Released Their Magnum Metal Opus ‘VOL 4’ 50 Years Ago

Back in time

26 September 2022

Band: BLACK SABBATH
The legend goes Ozzy Osbourne started the band by saying to his mates
They make movies to scare people, why don’t we make music that scares people.”
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017 / 19 studio LPs

Anniversary LP: VOL. 4
Released: 25 September 1972 – 50 years ago

Pitchfork said: “Made in L.A. under the influence of colossal amounts of cocaine, the heavy metal legends’ fourth album, recently reissued, made room for both light and shade and featured several of their signature songs… It would be misleading to argue that Vol. 4 is the work of Black Sabbath at the peak of their powers. When you’re the band that recorded “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid,” and you put them all on the same album, congratulations, that’s the peak of your powers. But *Vol. 4 is a close second. The sense of scale, the lyrical directness, and the sheer riff-crunching power that mark the band at their best are all here, along with several signature Sabbath tunes. Paranoid might top the list, but Vol. 4 is indispensable metal in its own right.” Score: 9/10.

TUTV: Glorious big drones, two romantic ballads (the wholehearted Change and the instrumental Laguna Sunrise) and a what the fuck is going here weird thing called FX.

Turn it up.

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To Hell With All WAR PIGS

16 March 2022

So far nothing has changed, nothing…

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerer of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning

As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to Mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds…
Oh Lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Time will tell on their power minds

Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’till their judgment day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of Judgment, God is calling
On their knees the war pigs crawling

Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings…
Oh Lord, yeah!

Inbetweenies! BLACK SABBATH Going Paranoid 51 Years Ago Today

What Turn Up The Volume is playing/ watching in between two coffees

Today 51 years ago, on 7 January 1970, metal freaks BLACK SABBATH released their
2nd LP PARANOID. The longplayer was originally titled War Pigs (the opening track) but the record company made it change in the end, out of fear for criticism from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War. Anyway, the album topped the UK Charts and peaked at #12 in the USA.

Let’s get paranoid again…

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BLACK SABBATH – Metal Monster Album ‘MASTER OF REALITY’ Released 50 Years Ago Today

21 July 2021

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017 / 19 studio albums

Album: MASTER OF REALITY
Released: 21 July 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: #5 in the UK, #8 in the US

AllMusic wrote: “The shortest album of Black Sabbath’s glory years, Master of Reality is also their most sonically influential work. Here Tony Iommi began to experiment with tuning his guitar down three half-steps to C#, producing a sound that was darker, deeper, and sludgier than anything they’d yet committed to record. (This trick was still being copied 25 years later by every metal band looking to push the limits of heaviness, from trendy nu-metallers to Swedish deathsters.) … If Paranoid has more widely known songs, the suffocating and oppressive Master of Reality was the Sabbath record that die-hard metalheads took most closely to heart.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The masters of droning.

Single: Children Of The Grave

Full album…

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BLACK SABBATH: All Albums

AMERICA Went PARANOID 50 Years Ago Today

7 January 2021

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017
LP: PARANOID – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 50 years ago today – 7th January 1971 – in the US.
Great timing for the album’s 50th birthday, right?
Score: #12 in America and #1 in the UK (where the LP came
out in Sept 1970).

Rolling Stone review: “It’s impossible to imagine what heavy metal would have
become without the iconic gloomy riff of ‘Iron Man’ the musical thickness of ‘War
Pigs’ and the rapid-fire chugging of ‘Paranoid.’… The music is dark and gloomy with
blues-inspired guitar riffs.’Paranoid’ was the sound of Black Sabbath’s reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “Music gave me everything. I don’t have a trick,
I don’t know why, I don’t know how. I suppose it’s just what my fate
was, do you know what I mean?”

Key tracks: War Pigs / Paranoid / Iron Man

– WAR PIGS –

– PARANOID –

– IRON MAN –

Full album…

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‘PARANOID’ Album By Metal Pioneers BLACK SABBATH Turned 50

20 September 2020

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017
Album: PARANOID – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 18 September 1970 – 50 years ago
Score: #1 in the UK (there only No 1 LP in England) and #12 in the US

Rolling Stone review: “It’s impossible to imagine what heavy metal would have become without the iconic gloomy riff of ‘Iron Man’ the musical thickness of ‘War Pigs’ and the rapid-fire chugging of ‘Paranoid.’… From the first track to the last, Ozzy Osbourne’s cutting voice outlines any manner of topics that would feature in metal over the next few generations: imminent doom, drug casualties, nuclear war, brutality, uncaring autocrats, cosmically fated love and general disillusionment. The music is dark and gloomy with blues-inspired guitar riffs that other groups have Xeroxed into an unrecognizable oblivion. Paranoid was the sound of Black Sabbath’s reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection, many of whom would form groups like Metallica, Pantera and Slipknot – groups that would change the face of metal, as well as the world.”

Ozzy Osbourne: “I got rabies shots for biting the head
off a bat but that’s OK – the bat had to get Ozzy shots.”

Key tracks: War Pigs / Paranoid / Iron Man

– WAR PIGS –

– PARANOID –

– IRON MAN –

Full album…

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(Band photo: Facebook BS)

Melodramatic Voice ZOLA JESUS Covers ‘CHANGES’ BLACK SABBATH – A Spine-Tingling Performance

Gripping reveries for the laziest day of the week

9 August 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled Black Sabbath
debut LP and second longplayer Paranoid, Sacred Bones Records released
‘What Is This That Stands Before Me?‘ last May. A compilation of Sabbath
covers recorded by artists from across their roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou,
Uniform, Hilary Woods,
and more.

One of the most remarkable efforts is by melodramatic and
theatrical artist ZOLA JESUS. Her spine-tingling voice makes
your hair stand up in the back of your neck. Jaw-dropping
tour de force.

Listen here…


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Here’s the original

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