Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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1970 Ratings: #14 / 103
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1970 Ratings: #3
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September 18, 1970 / Release Date
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Discography Diaries #5: Black Sabbath
Album #2: Paranoid
Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Date: 17/08/2020
Time: 12:30

Continuing on with my dive through through Black Sabbath's discography, we're on their sophomore album, Paranoid. Another one of Black Sabbath's albums that I've heard prior to my dive and one that I remember loving, the first Black Sabbath album is fantastic to say the least, it was inventive for it's time and it kicks ass overall, so I'd imagine that normally people wouldn't ... read more
Translating the success of their debut into effectively metal magic, Paranoid is an astounding follow up to their already established sound. Recorded only four months after the release of the self-titled debut record, then released in short order three months later, early Black Sabbath fans likely didn't even have time to catch their breath before they were bombarded by more dense and heavy riffs.

Considering the fact that the album was recorded so soon after the debut, there really is ... read more
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
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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
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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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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Added on: February 3, 2013