Black Sabbath Vol. 4

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1972 Ratings: #73 / 93
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Based on 192 ratings
1972 Ratings: #30
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September 25, 1972 / Release Date
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Vertigo / Label
Heavy Metal / Genres
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Vol. 4 is a less cohesive effort than its two immediate predecessors, but is all the more fascinating for it. Die-hard fans sick of the standards come here next, and some end up counting this as their favorite Sabbath record for its eccentricities and for its embodiment of the band's excesses.


Despite the reverence shown towards the record, Vol. 4 can be described as nothing more than a stale, meek offering from a tired, worn out band.

Snow blind blew my mind because for the longest time I thought it was a System of a Down song, but no, apparently it's a cover. Their take on the song was pretty cool though and the only reason I realized it was a cover was because of the bridge, both songs use the same melodies there and I got some crazy deja vu.
Black Sabbath's fourth release is yet another great example of an early metal record, further proving that Black Sabbath were one of the greatest metal acts ever. While I would call Vol. 4 the weakest Black Sabbath record I've heard yet, I still loved it a lot (as you could tell from my score).

There are so many amazing tracks on here that really shine through as some of the best I've heard from the band yet. The opener, Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener, really stands out as one of the ... read more

Black Sabbath’s 4th record is just as hard-hitting and dark as it’s predecessors, but adds more of a memorable vibe to the whole of it. I really really give props to this record for it blending those aspects.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: all except least fav!
While this record can be rough or a little less polished sometimes, it still sounds really good, with awesome riffs and great vocal performance from Ozzy.

Favorite tracks: Supernaut, Snowblind, Wheels of Confusion, Cornucopia, Under the Sun

Least favorite tracks: FX, St. Vitus' Dance
Sabbath's fourth chapter in three years continues their immaculate output of material in the early 70's. And while they can't avoid a little fluff (particularly "FX"), standout tracks such as "Wheels of Confusion", "Supernaut", and "Snowblind" remain heavy metal standards for a band that had already secured their place in music history.

Grade: A-
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Track List

  1. Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
  2. Tomorrow's Dream
  3. Changes
  4. FX
  5. Supernaut
  6. Snowblind
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Laguna Sunrise
  9. St. Vitus Dance
  10. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes 
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Added on: May 14, 2013