AOTY 2021

Master of Reality

Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1971 Ratings: #46 / 128
User Score
Based on 631 ratings
1971 Ratings: #19
Liked by 53 people
July 21, 1971 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo / Label
Rodger Bain / Producer
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The insanity behind Black Sabbath's three album streak in the early 70's is that, in only around a year, the group had already created about five distinct metal genres on three different albums and had also influenced other similar sounds that would develop over the next decades. Although Master of Reality isn't bolstered by one of the most successful side A's in history like Paranoid before it, songs like Sweet Leaf, After Forever, and Children of the Grave still brought sweeping changes to ... read more
Black Sabbath AGAIN... With another classic. This record is a bit dirtier, a little sludgier and slower than Paranoid. A bit of a drug influence on here. Due to it's sluggish, beating nature, Master Of Reality feels far longer than it is. That may sound bad, but it actually adds to the experience. Not only did this album toy around with my perception of time, it also made me drunk! Or maybe it was the root beer - I can't tell. Uh, great album, thank you Ozman - You the man 💤
This album has the same energy as that one Stephen King movie where trucks brutally kill people
I mean, they pretty much invented Stoner rock with “Master of Reality”... Unbelievable. It seems so many prominent Metal sub-genres spawned from Sabbath. Their debut gave us Doom Metal & Sludge, “Paranoid” made Heavy Metal what it is & this one gave the riff heavy Stoner Metal genre the blueprint to success. Ahead of their time as always, Black Sabbath are pioneers in every way possible.

The most obvious precursor for the stoner metal world single-handedly comes ... 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
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Added on: February 3, 2013