Prog elements were indeed being experimented with on 'Master of Reality', too. Lyrics ranged from the sweet leaf weed, duh!
There is also a mellow and quite depressive ballad called "Solitude", as well as some short instrumentals that give 'Master of Reality' a good variety of music, which is a clear indication that there was more to come from Black Sabbath. This was just the start, and what a great one. In less than two whole years the band had already released three very impressive records that, despite not sitting well with music critics at the time, blew the fans of heavy music away.
Individually, the band were also on the up. Tony Iommi's guitar is and will remain true art. In that day and age nobody could do what he did. He turned something so simple into something so awesome and spiced things up with some sick leads and solos. You could say the same about Geezer Butler's basslines. It's almost like him and Iommi were jamming in a joint womb; their chemistry was and is second to none. Bill Ward's jazz-trained drumming is also something that gives the great music on this album a certain spice; a great quality that works perfectly with Iommi's and Butler's string-wrangling.
Good, old Ozzy who has never been the greatest singer bless him was also improving gradually along with the rest. What he lacks in an actual singing-voice, he makes up with charisma that he seems to be able to pull from his ass at any given time.
His haunting bellows also go hand-in-hand with the equally mysterious music. It's impossible not to like this album. Ah, Master of Reality. The crown jewel of the sludgy origins of the metal genre. Tony Iommi's riffs are almost always unforgettable, Bill Ward's drumming is ridiculous, Ozzy's vocals, though gruff and very off-putting at first, have a distinct quality, and Geezer is, in my opinion, the greatest bassist of all time. Master of Reality was probably the first metal album that I could consider high art.
There is such a terrifying shadow-and-light dynamic here. But enough gushing. Starting off, songwriting is stellar. There's stuff here that's haunting Into the Void thought-provoking Children of the Grave controversial After Forever and poignant Solitude.
Master of Reality truly exploits a massive range of emotions in its eight tracks Only six of which even have vocals! Instrumentals have always been one of Black Sabbath's strongest points.
Tony Iommi probably has more unforgettable riffs on this album than most guitarists have in all their career. The structure on Children of the Grave was, at the time, unlike anything Sabbath had normally written.
Children also has one of the catchiest riffs you'll ever hear, and is guaranteed to get stuck in your head later. Bill Ward's drumming on that same track is ridiculously tight. Geezer Butler's bass guitar adds a lot of the quality which makes this album so amazingly heavy. He doesn't play around with it much, but the "less is more" approach really works.
Into the Void is easily Iommi's highlight on MoR, as it bears the greatest metal riff ever penned. Overall, riffs are as strong as ever. Ozzy's voice is always a stumbling block. He is very raspy, and sometimes he sounds like he's choking on a rat, but even for its shrillness, Ozzy's voice fits the songs here perfectly.
Ozzy's voice is, for better or for worse, very recognizable, very memorable, and very imposing. As always in Sabbath, he uses his vocal disadvantage to the best effect.
Speaking of vocals, there is one track that stands out for its lyrics-After Forever. See, I LOVE this song, I love the riffs and the tune and almost everything, but this song takes a lot of shit because it's a rather ham-fisted Christianity endorsement.
But even though I am a staunch Atheist, I have an appreciation for the passion Geezer has for his faith. He could bear to tone it down, but this song still isn't bad by any means.
Production, as always for the classic lineup of Black Sabbath, is muddy and grainy. But much like Ozzy's raspy voice, this actually has an advantage, because the production quality fits the songs being played nigh-perfectly. It never gets in the way, and that is pretty impressive a feat in itself.
Lyrical themes are varied. There is some very meaningful, powerful stuff here Children of the Grave warns the consequences of nuclear warfare, for example. Of course, in its sound, this album is very sludgy, very "stoner", and nowhere does this shine through more than on the album's opener, Sweet Leaf, a love note to marijuana. Solitude is a relatable song about loneliness. The tone and themes here are very dark.
So there we have it, Master of Reality. There are qualities this album has that are almost intangible, for example, Master is one of the few albums I've ever heard that is both frenetic and slow at the same time. It's also one of the best albums I've ever heard for simple relaxation. Plus, it's a thinker's album. To paraphrase Sweet Leaf, this album introduced me to my mind.
My favorite metal album ever, if you haven't heard it then go listen NOW. Although perhaps not as consistent as their seminal album "Paranoid", Black Sabbath took new steps forward with "Master of Reality". In the year since their self-titled debut, the band had received their share of fame and notoriety for their unprecedented heaviness and perceived 'Satanic' themes. As such, the band's third record seems to poke fun at these notions, showcasing a more laid back approach, and even praising the merits of Christianity.
Although these new innovations don't always shine brightly, there is a still a hefty slice of the classic Sabbath sound here. Once again, Black Sabbath have not failed to impress. Beginning on the iconic note of a sampled cough, the band erupt into "Sweet Leaf", a drug-addled tune that's become a fan favourite over the years. Picking up where they left off on "Paranoid", "Sweet Leaf" is pumped full of Tony Iommi's distinctive guitar fuzz. There is still a trace of the downtempo bluesy grime in their songwriting, but it becomes apparent later on that 'Master of Reality' has progressed past what the band was doing the year before.
In addition to "Sweet Leaf", "Solitude" is the other 'known' song from the album, an atmospheric ballad that sounds as if it would feel less lonesome on a prog rock record than anything. Here, Iommi showcases his flute and keyboard playing abilities, a far cry from the sludgy riffs he's best known for. Without a doubt, the most controversial track here is "After Forever". Musically speaking, it's not such a departure from Black Sabbath's typical sound, sounding a touch more upbeat than their trademark gloom.
Lyrically however, bassist Geezer Butler writes about his devotion to Christianity, even ridiculing those who may not agree with the Church. Whether or not this is a tongue-in-cheek jab at the accusations of Sabbath being Satanists, the preachy approach makes one wonder. Although it shares the same style of sludgy riffs and over-the-top occult atmosphere with much of Sabbath's work up to this point, it stands out for its relatively intense rhythm, a gallop that would later be mirrored in Maiden's work.
Pair that with an added layer of drums that sound like they could have been plucked out of a Voodoo ritual, and you have one of the album's hardest rocking tracks. Although not everything works to expectation, the more progressive edge they have here has opened plenty of doors for the band to explore. Overall, "Master of Reality" does not share the consistent string of 'essential' songs that "Paranoid" or even the self-titled did, but there is more than enough on Sabbath's third to give justice to their legacy as the godfathers of heavy metal.
The third Black Sabbath album saw the band attempt to diversify their sound a little, and so there's a bit less of the pure proto-doom sound of their debut on view here and a few more 70s hard rock cliches Bill Ward even unleashes a little cowbell on Lord of This World. The album by and large succeeds simply by virtue of still being far heavier than anything else being produced at the time, with songs like Sweet Leaf, Lord of This World, and the thunderous Children of the Grave being particular highlights.
For much of the album Iommi showcases a newly developed, sludgier, downtuned guitar sound which seems to have influenced just as many stoner metal guitarists as his work on the band's first two albums set the playbook for doom metal guitar. Nowhere is this more powerfully displayed than on Sweet Leaf, which begins with a distorted, hacking cough that transforms into a crushingly powerful riff that doesn't let up for most of the song.
However, the album isn't perfect. It includes two small instrumental filler pieces - Embryo and Orchid - which I actually think are pretty decent I can't think of Children of the Grave without having Embryo as a lead in to it , but others may take issue with.
The band repeat the attempt to include a quiet song with the inclusion of Solitude, which unfortunately just isn't very good - it's over five minutes long and really needs to trim three of those minutes, it's a poor attempt at a flute-led melodic love ballad which fails to match up to the efforts of other bands working in the same vein it reminds me a little of a poor attempt to mimic early Jade Warrior , and the lyrics are the sort of love poetry a self-important 13 year old might compose.
Speaking of bad lyrics, the words to After Forever may irritate some listeners. The song itself is perfectly heavy, but the lyrics bash people who unthinkingly bash religion simply because they think it's the cool thing to do which is fair enough - I'm an atheist myself but I think people should choose their religious beliefs because they've thought things through for themselves rather than to make a fashion statement , but then turns around and uncritically embraces Christianity as the answer to all man's ills.
The contradictory message "Think for yourself and don't let others dictate your beliefs! By the way, Christ is the only answer. And the fact is that the downtuned sound of this album makes it the sludgiest disc of the Ozzy era. Like the debut album, Master of Reality deserves props simply because it introduced the world to a brand new sound which launched a whole subgenre or two of metal. It's just not quite perfect from beginning to end.
Black Sabbath continued to elicit more of that demonic skepticism that the era deserved with this heavy metal record. Master of Reality is eight songs of depressed euphoria. The sixties are gone and the whole album plays like a savage rebuttal to the hippie optimism of Turn! So no, there is not a time for peace and it is too late. You spin this record and you will learn there is only time to pay the piper, point the blame and leave this mortal coil. The debut record and Paranoid broke in these themes as well but Master of Reality is their greatest album and I find it's more polished than even those classics.
The genius of this record lies in its straight on, more focused bluntness and as it so happens, simplicity in structure. But even more, it doesn't feel like a concerted effort to be as such. It just feels natural. The band did this album not too long after Paranoid and seeking out another album to write and continue the trademark heaviness feels comfortable. The previous two records amped up a blues influence that made them so heavy but Master of Reality is where an inadvertent incorporation of classic music comes into play when it comes to the mechanics.
Listen to Sweet Leaf: a simple heavy chord structure with unorthodox drum beats throughout the first half and when it transitions to the solo, that's where the clarity of that classical composition can be heard. I don't know which song was written down first but Sweet Leaf's rhythm structure has a commonality with Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. Tim R. June 22, at am. Etienne says. February 4, at am.
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Solitude 8. Into The Void. Sweet Leaf Alright now!Black Sabbath Master Of Reality Sweet Leaf ALRIGHT NOW!! Won't you listen? When I first met you, didn't realize I can't forget you, for your suprize you introduced me, to my mind And left me wanting, you and your kind I love you, Oh you know it My life was empty forever on a down Until you took me, showed me around My life is free now, my life.