Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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Based on 6 reviews
1970 Ratings: #12 / 94
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Based on 509 ratings
1970 Ratings: #3
September 18, 1970 / Release Date
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Vertigo / Label
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I can see why this is regarded as a true metal classic. First and foremost, Tony Iommi shows his wonderful talent on this thing. Aside from track 3, every song is just loaded to the brim with iconic riffs and magnificent solos that every good metal album really needs. The rest of the instrumentation is also rock-solid (for instance those drum-fills in Rat Salad). Ozzy's classic vocals are also pretty good, and while he doesn't go up and beyond all that much, they're really good all-around. The ... read more
Black Sabbath manage to top their great debut with their sophomore project. Paranoid is perhaps the most influential metal record ever as it really defined the sound of the genre as a whole. This is not only considered one of the best metal albums of all time, but it is often cited as one of the greatest albums of any genre of all time.

Right off the bat, I was surprised by the classics on this album that I somehow didn't even know were by Black Sabbath. War Pigs, Paranoid and Iron Man are all ... read more
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What can I say? It's a classic.

The first time I heard Was Pigs as a kid, I felt cool as fuck. Like hell yeah, fuck you SOCIETY! Everyone of these songs is just iconic. You got the loud, blasting ones like "Iron Man" and the more toned down ones like "Rat Salad." I don't have much to say here. It's just absurdly fun. Smart and eclectic, this music just makes you feel good while listening to it. Even through all the dark tones you never find ... read more
While I don’t think it’s a masterpiece, I can definitely see why people consider this a classic, the guitar riffs are badass, the lyricism is great, and there are songs on this album I would consider 10/10, just a overall cool record.
i was introduced to black sabbath when i was a little kid, like 7 years old. three tracks on this LP were on repeat for some of the early years of my life (war pigs, paranoid, iron man), and i still love them years later. i finally listened to the album as a whole, and was not disappointed. the tracks flow and complement each other so nicely, with ozzy osbourne's vocals only making this an even more memorable listen. definitely has a stronger first half, however the last 4 tracks should not ... read more
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Track List

  1. War Pigs
  2. Paranoid
  3. Planet Caravan
  4. Iron Man
  5. Electric Funeral
  6. Hand of Doom
  7. Rat Salad
  8. Fairies Wear Boots
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