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#294: Master of Reality by Black Sabbath

12.22.2011


Master of Reality by Black Sabbath (1971)

Favorite Track(s): "Sweet Leaf" and "Children of the Grave" and "Orchid" and "Solitude"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Another 1971 album! It's a good day. True confession: I used to confuse Meat Loaf with Ozzie Osbourne. I think it had to do with bats. Ozzie bit the head off one (right?) but Meat Loaf's album was Bat Out of Hell. Plus, they both had long hair. But I'm confused no more! I adore Meat Loaf. Let's see if Ozzie can match him. This is my first intentional listen to Black Sabbath, ever!

(Post-Listening) Well, if this is heavy metal, I guess I'm into it! The guitar solo halfway through "Sweet Leaf" was more than enough to convince me.

The lyrics to "After Forever" were quite surprising!

Have you ever thought about your soul - can it be saved?
Or perhaps you think that when you're dead you just stay in your grave
Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you?
Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?

When you think about death do you lose your breath or do you keep your cool?
Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope - do you think he's a fool?
Well I have seen the truth, yes I've seen the light and I've changed my ways
And I'll be prepared when you're lonely and scared at the end of our days

Could it be you're afraid of what your friends might say
If they knew you believe in God above?
They should realize before they criticize
that God is the only way to love

Is your mind so small that you have to fall
In with the pack wherever they run
Will you still sneer when death is near
And say they may as well worship the sun?

I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ
I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced
Will you be so sure when your day is near, say you don't believe?
You had the chance but you turned it down, now you can't retrieve

Perhaps you'll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he's the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate
Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes! I think it's too late.

Right? I mean, I don't personally agree with all the theology there, but wow! Black Sabbath! If only more 'Christian music' sounded like this.

"Children of the Grave" rocks soooo hard. "Orchid" is gorgeous and would work as a wedding processional. All in all, a fantastic album. I'm now a Black Sabbath fan!

Is This Better Than Help!?:

Yes!



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