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A Different Sabbath tune, but still enjoyable - 85%

Reaper, August 14th, 2004

Where shall I start? This is a much different sound than the first two Black Sabbath albums. It has a quicker pace, and the use of guitars is much more evident, as opposed to the first two album, but especially the first album, here guitars weren’t a major part of the sound that the band was trying to portray. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is a great album for those who do not appreciate the more Doom Metal sounding Black Sabbath albums and desire something more melodic.

The opening track, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” is an example of the different sound that Black Sabbath tried on this album. Both Black Sabbath sounds offer a fantastic listening experience as they both accomplish the same factor that makes this album a must hear. That thing is atmosphere. It produces and atmosphere that relaxes you, and an atmosphere that makes you want to listen to this album again and again. Most of the Ozzy-Era Sabbath albums create an atmosphere that is an imperative aspect that makes the albums magnificent.

The third track is what irritates me. “Fluff,” is an example of a track that does not have to be included on the album yet is added for no apparent reason, which ultimately hinders the overall satisfaction one gets after listening to the album. Countless albums throughout the Metal discography have this kind of track. Most notably, Manowar suffers from this tragic disorder that has ill-fated many albums and bands. I am still unsure of why bands do this, but I do know that it certainly does not make the album better. Now, this isn’t the worst case this disorder, but it certainly is not a track that gets much play when I listen to this album. I would have enjoyed a “Planet Caravan” sounding song much more.

“Sabbra Cadabra,” is one of the highlights from the album and has an extremely recognizable sound to it. The guitar solos in the beginning are one of the strong features that this song displays. The lyrical theme of this song also presents a different trait to the general Sabbath lyrical theme. The love theme that this song contains is a very distinctive approach, yet proves to be a well worth effort to break away from the generally monotonous dark theme of the previous albums.

The weaker tracks on the album are “Killing Yourself To Live” and “Who Are You?” The do offer some great guitar work; yet do not have the same energy that the other tracks are almost in excess of. “Who Are You” is pretty much the filler on the album, with its repetitive sound and not too memorable lyrics.

The song “Spiral Architect,” like “Sabbra Cadabra,” again, offers a brighter lyrical style. It is a much-appreciated feel to the general atmosphere of the album. Songs such as these are what differ this album from the first and second albums. Along the closing track, “Looking for Today,” which is a more cheerful song, the general mood of the album shifts more to the middle, between dark and light offering a well balanced listen. The closing track is very appropriate as it concludes the more melodic Black Sabbath album with a very melodic Black Sabbath tune.