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No living soul in 1970 knew what hit them when, on Friday February 13th, a low-budget recording named after the group of scraggly looking musicians hit the record stores. Critics lambasted every second of this forty minute release, middle-aged folks ignored it completely and those who did hear it wanted it banned forever. However due to the controversy the album everyone thought would join the ranks of obscurity climbed the charts and became forever loved and cherished by any inspiring person who were blessed to read between it's lines.
While viewed as being overly satanic in the beginning, many began to see the importance of making music that reflected their opinions about the world for which they choose. A world where little or no light shines, mankind has little or no chance of happiness and the only profitable ones were those causing the chaos to begin with. Long before the age of it being 'acceptable' for people to run around and scream about, 'Conspiracy' or 'political corruption', was an album that was saturated in that very topic.
However what this release did do was give hope to those who sought someone who could not only share their woeful tales of hopelessness and brutality, but also give them the right to stand up and make music about it.
There really is no point in naming the best tracks on the album as they are all pure pleasure to the ears. From the opening thunderstorm of the album/bands namesake to the closing seconds whatever song is on the release you have, there is a sense of hope in the bleak atmosphere this creates. Ozzy's voice is in top-notch shape and delivers a performance for the ages, painting out the woeful tales of drugs, abuse and sorcery with his delivery. Geezer's never-ending bass underlining is prominent throughout and supplies an excellent source of groove and melody for guitarist Tony Iommi to build on, but also gives a highly respected and often copied bass solo before the best song on the album: NIB.
But the true highlights here are:
1) Bill Ward's Drums. Not just because he is a key figure in the historical importance of this album but he was truly the first drummer to sound like he did. Rather it be him hammering out tremendous heart-stopping drum fills or melodic drum patterns that fit any tempo in the songs, he delivers them with excellent accuracy and emotion. It is true to say he is one of the few drummers in no matter what style of metal who has a huge importance instead of just simply being there to support the band.
2) The Musicianship. While the material may seem primitive or frail compared to nowadays tales of metallic brutality, one could never deny the musicianship the band had at such an early age. Each song is very fine tuned and the band works so well together that each song can be considered the high-point. Even if Warning carries on forever with a guitar solo it's still easy to see how the band could do anything, they could do Gospel or Doris Day, and it would be respected.
If you have not heard this album, then you are missing out on the best of the three classic Sabbath albums and one of the best of the bands career. It's no surprise why thirty-seven years after it's entrance in music it is regarded by fans and critics(now anyways) as a legendary release. Sure it's important because it started all that we know as metal but because while almost all have tried, no one has ever come close to making a release this important and successful at the same time.