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13 – BLACK SABBATH – 2013


With ominous imagery and a typical vacuum Iommi riff we are off to the races!! Hello, everybody, tis’ a new Black Sabbath album with the original lineup except for Bill Ward who is replaced by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine fame. 34 years in the making and here we are, quivering in anticipation. Oye, what is this I see in the opener, modern rock influences in riff salads around 4:00?? While crafted with care and devotion this song “The End of the Beginning” will not be timeless – and that, ladies and gentle men is the story of the day. The next song “God is Dead” makes heavy use of 70’s Sabbath tropes – a very enjoyable track that hearkens back to classics like “Lord of this World” and “Into the Void”. But there is something here that leads me to introspect.Black_Sabbath_13

Sometimes I fear that the emotional connection that I had with music I heard when I was 16 will never form again with the music I hear now. I do not know if I will ever again relish Sabbath like I did when I first heard “Fairies Wear Boots”. This works against the comeback albums of revered gods. We think that they will capture the spirit of the original zeitgeist, that we will be transported to a musty, ancient world that haunted as, that we will see a figure in black beckoning us to come closer. That this will not happen with 13 is not surprising – and maybe I find Morbid Angel to be more relevant than Sabbath – joyful head banging to “Electric Funeral” has been replaced by mournful introspection to the tune of “The Ancient Ones”.

The riffs are awesome and Ozzy is in good form – lucid and clear. However – I feel tired and washed out – for some reason the simple direct riffs, the Iommi hooks and the Butler bass interplay is not very enthusing. Where do we go from here, where music from hither? I like what’s next, a “Planet Caravan” esque ballad. It draws me in and amuses my mind for a few moments. Not bad. However, I have to switch off “13” when it gets over and listen to “Snowblind” and “Wheels of Confusion” to regain my confidence.

I guess Sabbath’s “13”, while technically perfect and made with the best intentions, fails to truly inspire my imagination. Enjoyable but with a mediocre shelf life, and that’s the bottom line.

Recommended Tracks – God is Dead, Zeitgeist, Loner.

-Baba T


Heaven and Hell-BLACK SABBATH-1980


I do not consider a Black Sabbath without Ozzy to be Black Sabbath, and therefore, once Ozzy left ship after the awful Never Say Die, Black Sabbath died. However Tony Iommi and the rest still had the right to use the Black Sabbath moniker, and therefore they hired Ronnie James Dio on the vocals, and came up with this slab of 80’s metal godawfulness, generically named Heaven and Hell. Oh my gawd, guys, that’s all you could come up with? I would have preferred a name like “At the Gates of Durmdand Land the Fire of Christ Burns” or some usual shit like that. At least those names stand out, stupid and cheesy though they are. And the cover with Angels smoking cigarettes? So that is how you want to mock Christianity? There have to be stronger ideas, cmon, there’s nothing wrong with a cigarette as long as you are not puffing it into somebody else’s face.

Well, it’s a good thing that I don’t use album covers and names to rate an album, the name of the site being “That Doesn’t Sound Right”, so the use of anything else other than the ears to evaluate an album is strictly prohibited. Even based on what I heard, this is not an album which merits recommendation, being nothing more than a typical 80’s metal recording, 4/4, generic chord progressions, generic solos, the works. To top off the generic nature of the music we have Mr Metal Singer Dio, who I used to like when he was with Rainbow. He is the name you associate with heavy cheesy metal singing, works sometimes, sometimes it doesn’t.

Apparently Dio brought along some B Sides outtakes from a Rainbow recording session along with him, for example, listen to songs like Children of the Sea, Neon Knights, Wishing Well, Lady Evil and Walk Away…..whoa…..that’s almost the whole album!! Generic is the word, by lord!! The remaining cuts deserve special mention: Die Young for having the most hilarious and cheesy vocals by Dio ever and Heaven and Hell for being on almost all the Greatest Hits Collection of Black Sabbath. Oh, there is “Lonely is the Word”, which is passable and noticeable for its change of tempo and melodious guitar work.

So there you have it. Reviewing Black Sabbath albums w/o Ozzy is the height of vellapanti (slang word in Hindi meaning “joblessness”). I am working on the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene right now, and that is going to take some time, while in the meantime why don’t you readers go and check out more of That Doesn’t Sound Right !

Recommended Songs- Heaven and Hell.

-Baba T

Update: I wrote this review on the 15th of May. On the 16th Dio died, battling stomach cancer. I would like all readers to up and do a smart salute to the man, devil horns and all. Thank you RJ Dio for all the music and all the head banging. For people not familiar with his works, I recommend you start with the album of Rainbow which has “Catch the Rainbow” on it, I am forgetting which one. I am not familiar with his “Dio” catalogue, and I do not recommend his Black Sabbath albums, where apart from a couple of classics (like the title track on this one), the riffs are so poorly constructed, that no matter how he strained himself, he just couldn’t save the damn things. The only consolation for him must have been that his replacement, Ian Gillan, added to the shit factor, rather than reducing it, on such great songs as “Zero the Hero”.

RIP Dio.

PPS-Due to laziness it gets published today, that is the date you see above.

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Sabotage-BLACK SABBATH-1975


This is consistent and artsy and heavy, in fact take everything good on the previous 5 albums and it has something from all of them, but that is not the reason I love Sabotage. I love it because it has the classic, mother of all thrash, “Symptom of Universe” on it. My favorite cut by Black Sabbath ever. Ever. And when Iommi goes all Santana-ish on us at the 4:24 minute mark? How awesome is that? Tell me about it.

Sabotage

But yes, we have the multi part, multi faceted Megalomania to give competition to the afore mentioned song. The guitar riff around the 3:31 mark? Its like they collaborated with AC/DC or Motorhead on that one. Nah, that’s disrespectful of me. These guys were father figures musically to all those other bands. You hear this and you will understand that most of metal/hard rock worth the name is inspired by our Birmingham Boys.

This album marks the moment after which Black Sabbath turned into Spinal Tap.

Then we have the blood raising fist thumpin opener known as “Hole in the Sky”. As I said it takes all the good parts of the previous albums and we get all of it in one package. We have the keyboards and synths used to good effect, and the vacuum cleaner guitar tone is back on “Symptom of the Universe”, but sharper and meaner. An appropriate phrase that can be used is “best of both worlds”. They are dumb and artsy here. Yay!!

Enjoy the goodness on this one, cause this album marks the moment after which Black Sabbath turned into Spinal Tap.

-Baba T

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath-BLACK SABBATH-1973


This is the one on which they changed and all. Yea, this one. When I was a kid (back in 2005), still getting into Black Sabbath, I used to trash this one, coz the guitar tone is missing. I wanted my Sweet Leaves and Electric Funerals and Supernauts!! Of course, now I am in position to appreciate this album better not being biased anymore, and more mature. On this al

THIS ALBUM SUCKS MORE COCK AND BALLS THAN STORMY DANIELS AND JENNA JAMESON!! DO I LISTEN TO BLACK SABBATH SO THAT I AM EXPOSED TO BULLSHIT LIKE “FLUFF” AND “LOOKING FOR TODAY” AND “WHO ARE YOU”? THIS ALBUM HAS TWO MOTHERFUCKIN STONER METAL CLASSICS NAMELY THE TITLE TRACK AND KABRA ADCABRA OR WHATEVER, THE REST OF THE ALBUM IS EQUIVALENT TO THE GREASE ON MY BALLS!!

I want my Sweet Leaves and Electric Funerals and Supernauts!!

The Artistic Piece..my cock

Nah. Actually they are all soft and artsy bitsy and sometimes I like that. But honestly I prefer its predecessors. They have keyboards, synths and all that, which I like, especially on the tracks mentioned below, a nice change of pace if you compare it to the rest of Black Sabbath discography.

Recommended Tracks- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (but Ozzy is dreadful in between, off tune if you can believe it, rest is brilliant stuff.), The National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabra.

-Baba T

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