Master of Reality

Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
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Based on 3 reviews
1971 Ratings: #43 / 113
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Based on 379 ratings
1971 Ratings: #14
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July 21, 1971 / Release Date
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Vertigo / Label
Heavy Metal / Genres
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On 'Masters of Reality', Black Sabbath are yet again at peak form and yet again bringing more of the sound they're known for. Iconic guitar riffs and exhilarating solos. Brilliant and expressive drumming. Powerful baselines. And oh so iconic vocals from Ozzy Osbourne. My personal second favourite Black Sabbath album after 'Paranoid', this one here is not to be overlooked when talking about the bigger picture of the band.
Black Sabbath continue their streak of fantastic early metal albums with Master Of Reality. I do think this is a slight step backward from Paranoid, but that's barely saying anything considering how amazing that album was and how this is still pretty much just as great.

There was so much that I loved about this album. To be honest, I liked every track; there wasn't a single dud on here. This was really their most consistent record up to this point in that regard. The opener, Sweet Leaf, is a ... read more
It may be crazy that Black Sabbath can deliver one of the greatest metal album of all time, but it's absolutely insane that Black Sabbath here have released the second greatest metal album of all time.

Favorite Jams: Children of the Grave, Solitude, Into the Void

Lest Favorite: Embryo
Black Sabbath goes a little bit to the more atmospheric side of their music, creating more ambience around the instruments. It gets darker and darker the down you go, until you get into the void

Is this the best Black Sabbath album? Possibly.
With a driving, never-ending quality to the music itself, and an overall darker aesthetic compared to their last records, “Master of Reality” seems to be one of the most influential and talked-about proto-metal records of all time.

Color: Black
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
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Track List

  1. Sweet Leaf
  2. After Forever
  3. Embryo
  4. Children of the Grave
  5. Orchid
  6. Lord of This World
  7. Solitude
  8. Into the Void  
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Added on: February 3, 2013