The Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol
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Based on 2 reviews
1987 Ratings: #83 / 91
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Based on 35 ratings
1987 Ratings: #49
November 1, 1987 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo / Warner Bros. / Label
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"The Eternal Idol" isn't bad at all, just a bit less fulfilling than others. The albums released in this era tend to blur together in a sea of dissonant guitar lines, faded drum patterns, and unmemorable lyrics. This, of course, does not include "Seventh Star".

Color: Yellow
FAV TRACKS: Ancient Warrior, Eternal Idol, Scarlet Pimpernel, Nightmare
LEAST FAV: Hard Life to Love, Glory Ride
The Eternal Idol is the first Black Sabbath record to feature Tony Martin as lead vocalist. He honestly does a really good job here, definitely much better than the previous few vocalists. He may never perform as good as the excellent Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio, but at least he isn't as boring and annoying as Ian Gillan in Born Again, or as uninspiring as Glenn Hughes in Seventh Star.

For the first time since Mob Rules, the instrumentation is back to its usual great Black Sabbath self. ... read more
The Shining - 75
Ancient Warrior - 55
Hard Life to Love - 50
Glory Ride - 55
Born to Lose - 45
Nightmare - 55
Scarlet Pimpernel - 60
Lost Forever - 50
Eternal Idol - 70
Whether or not you like them, Born Again and Seventh Star marked a stark decrease in the popularity of Black Sabbath. If that was deserved or not is up to debate, but those two albums definitely saw the group’s popularity waning. Their popularity was hurt so badly that a lot of people don’t know that this album (and era) even exist. The album in question is The Eternal Idol which was the first album with Tony Martin as the frontman of Black Sabbath. Admittedly, if someone knows of ... read more
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Added on: May 14, 2013