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Band Name Black Sabbath
Album Name 13
Type Album
Released date 11 June 2013
Produced by Rubin Rick
Recorded at Shangri-la Studios
Music StyleHeavy Metal
Members owning this album435

Tracklist

1. End of the Beginning 08:07
2. God Is Dead? 08:54
3. Loner 05:06
4. Zeitgeist 04:28
5. Age of Reason 07:02
6. Live Forever 04:49
7. Damaged Soul 07:43
8. Dear Father 07:06
Bonustracks (Deluxe Edition)
9. Methademic 05:27
10. Peace of Mind 03:40
11. Pariah 05:34
12. Naïvete in Black (Best Buy Bonus) 03:50
Total playing time 57:05

Comment @ vikingman369

11 June 2013

the return of Black Sabbath

At last, after thirty-five years, a new album by the proper Black Sabbath. Well, most of it at least. Oh fuck it, it's 21st Century Black Sabbath! A new generation of metal-fans get to experience first-hand the return of Black Sabbath and it happened in my life-time! Being a major Black Sabbath fan, I was so excited for the release that I went ahead and pre-ordered the album.

And I was not disappointed. Black Sabbath return with their own special brand of heavy doom metal that at once hearkens back to the old days while at the same time bringing something new into the hallowed archives of Black Sabbath. I have picked out four of the songs (half the album's track listing) to examine for this review: I don't have to talk about "God is Dead?" as you've already seen what I think of that track.

The album opens up with a crushing riff in F that smashes your face in like a demon out of Hell. "End of the Beginning" has that classic Black Sabbath feel of a slow, doomy start, then a fast-paced swing and plenty of nice riffs and Tony is shredding like its the 70s all over again. The Ending passage has some rather interesting high notes from Ozzy, a la John Lennon (then again, Ozzy wanted to be the "fifth Beatle" even back in the day, so I guess that's good). It might just stand astride "Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Neon Knights" as an amazing album opener.

Three tracks in and "Loner" feels like something from the Heaven and Hell era. Possibly the coolest part is after the bridge, where Ozzy sings about self-afflicted solitude, then the time changes. Not very big a deal for Sabbath, as they've been doing that since the 70s, but the change is so sudden, it's like something out of a Rush song. Definitely one of the strongest tracks of the album.

"Damaged Soul", the penultimate track, is rather strange for a Black Sabbath song. It has a signature Iommi riff, no doubts there, and some reverb effects on Ozzy's vocals that remind one of "Behind the Wall of Sleep", and, get this, it is the first time since 1970's "The Wizard" that Ozzy has taken his harmonica out of mothballs and shown off his skills (surprising for someone in his 60s and considering all that he's done to himself). It's also a very chill song, but not the soft "ballad-y" song which has become a staple in Sabbath albums since the beginning (that honor belongs to "Zeitgeist", the lyrical tragic sequel to "Planet Caravan").

The final track, "Dear Father", attacks the Catholic Church and its child-molesting monks. The riffs feel like "Follow the Tears" from The Devil You Know, but there's plenty of tritone growls to go around. There's even a part in the mid-section where Ozzy delivers some rather solid shouts which sound like growls in his old voice: hair-raising, considering how crushing the rest of the album (and this song) has been. Of course, the song finally ends with a clap of thunder, the pouring rain and a bell ominously tolling, beckoning the listener to return to the beginning and begin The Story of Black Sabbath all over again.

Overall conclusion is that the album kicks ass and proves that Black Sabbath still lives. Geezer owns the bass and, of course, Tony Iommi's titanic riffs give the biggest middle finger to lymphoma ever given in the metal scene. Oddly enough, Ozzy's melodies are actually singable and manageable in their live shows, though sometimes, due to this album being in e-flat, a la The Devil You Know, his vocals sound a bit like those from Down to Earth. Nevertheless, age definitely shows in his voice, but, after all the shit he's done to himself, let's just be happy he's alive and able to sing at all (and that his singing isn't as bad as Lou Reed's). Of course, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine does a damn good job drumming, but it is still too bad that Bill Ward couldn't be part of the Reunion. Oh well, here's hoping that if they do release another album, he will return for that.

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Sperma_frost - 21 June 2013: Ah bon, nous n'avons pas d'oreilles??? Nous sommes plusieurs bouchés à l'émeri alors! Je penses que tu devrais avoir plus d'humilité et même si tu n'aimes pas , au moins t'abstenir d'affirmer que cet album pue. Propos vraiment regrettables et sans fondement!
ZEPP99 - 21 June 2013: @Nothingleft :
Apparemment comme tu as l'air nouveau sur le site (pas un reproche hein), je te conseilles d'aller cliquer sur la cote des votes à coté de la pochette. Là tu verras un nombre assez importants d'abrutis (dont je fais partie) qui ont noté cet album. Vois dans quelle tranche tu te situes...
dawnofthedead51 - 21 June 2013: perso , j'étais pas fan de black sabbath , mais j'ai vraiment bien accroché (comme quoi avec l'âge on élargit ses gouts ),bref les vieux tiennent encore la route !!!!!! et en aucun cas mérite un 1/20 et des propos comme cités plus haut .
Lamikawet - 23 June 2013: Ah ben tu vois quand tu veux !
Je comprends ton point de vue; de mon côté, je ne m'attendais pas à de la nouveauté de la part de Black Sabbath mais juste à de l'efficacité.
Je trouve que l'album tient quand même la route et je pense que l'erreur de beaucoup est de le comparer aux classiques qui resteront inégalables. Néanmoins, pour des papys du rock, cela reste correct.
En ce qui concerne l'académie française du Rock'n'Roll, j'ai bien essayé de postuler mais sans succès :)
En tout cas, merci d'avoir apporté des éléments d'argumentation qui se tiennent.
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