Song of the Week: Black Sabbath
Posted by RiffRaff
Today, Feb. 13, marks the 43rd birthday of quite possibly the most important album in all of metal’s history. To call Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut anything less than pioneering, innovating, genre defining, and all those other adjectives saved for use when describing something of the highest order would be considered a grave crime. If not for Ozzy, Tony, Geezer, and Bill making throughout use of the diminished 5th, dark blues sound, and menacing lyrics, the music that we all love so much today would not be here.
One of my favorite moments of the hallmark album is right on the first song of the record and simply sums up what I thought the first time I heard Sabbath’s debut. After the sounds of a storm rolling in and the dirge bells ringing the dark and oppressive atmosphere of the song takes a turn for evil as Tony Iommi plays what may be the most recognizable intro riffs ever in music. The sheer darkness and evil that exudes those notes is undeniable and then Bill Ward’s drums echo in to add a sacrificial ritual feel and Geezer’s bass calls in the thunder. But the part that really gets me is Ozzy’s first line, which pretty says what we were all thinking. “What is this that stands before me?”
I can only imagine what it was like for people first hearing this back in 1970 and how this new and crazy style of music must have effected them. How it must have terrified them and made them run for safety, lol. Actually, some people did take the evil sound of the music in the wrong direction and label Sabbath as Satanists, when in fact, the song “Black Sabbath” was more a warning against turning to the dark side. Oh, well, that’s people for ya. Anywho, a huge happy birthday to Black Sabbath and one of the best metal songs ever written. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!