Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

Continuing on the road that "Black Sabbath Vol. 4" created, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is more of a lighter Black Sabbath album compared to the band's first three releases. But this album is more of a Black Sabbath album than its predecessor since it does not experiment with other types of sound (even though things like synthesizers was experimented in here as well as in Vol. 4). You can expect to find some fine Black Sabbath rock when you will listen to this album, even if it is not as dark as I would have liked it.

The most notable track is of course the title track that has a very catchy riff and a nice doomish middle part. It brings the album to a great start with its nice Black Sabbath groove. And even if the remaining 7 songs do not come up to the same standards as "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", there are still some songs that makes me appreciate this album more. The ending to "A National Acrobat" is a chaotic beauty in disguise and the technical "Sabbra Cadabra" makes my head move here and there. I also enjoy the diversity in "Killing Yourself To Live", the uplifting "Looking For Today" and the orchestra in "Spiral Architect".

The problem in the album does not lie in the song quality, it lies instead in the instrumental quality. I feel that the band does not get out their full potential into the song. I think that could be because of the massive amount of drugs that the band has been using during the recording of the album, but it could also be the fact that the band chemistry is not as strong as it was in the previous albums. No matter how you twist and turn the question, it is still pretty clear that the band was not 100% fit when they created "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".

Black Sabbath's 5th offering is all in all a very consistent album with no real low points in sight. It may not be as dark as I want a Black Sabbath album to be, but the groove in the album is so nice that it makes up for most of the lacking darkness. I would not consider this to be the perfect Black Sabbath album, but it could have been the best one so far if the band chemistry was as good as it was in the beginning of the band's career. But hope is the last thing that leaves you, and the music in "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" gives me a lot of it for the next set of albums.

Songs worthy of recognition: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabbra Cadabra, Killing Yourself To Live

Rating: 8,5/10 Fluffs

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