This #FridayThe13th 45 Years Ago Black Sabbath Invented Metal
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Black Sabbath Invented Metal
Music and lyricsBlack Sabbath 's music and lyrics were quite dark for the time. The opening track is based almost entirely on a tritone interval played at slow tempo on the electric guitar. In the 2010 Classic Albums documentary on the making of the band's second album Paranoid, Geezer Butler claims the riff was inspired by "Mars, the Bringer of War," a movement in Gustav Holst's The Planets. Iommi reinterpreted the riff slightly and redefined the band's direction. Ward told Classic Albums, "When Oz sang 'What is this that stands before me?' it became completely different...this was a different lyric now, this was a different feel. I was playing drums to the words." The song's lyrics concern a "figure in black" which bassist Geezer Butler claims to have seen after waking up from a nightmare. In the liner notes to the band's 1998 live album Reunion the bassist remembers:
I'd been raised a Catholic so I totally believed in the Devil. There was a weekly magazine called Man, Myth and Magic that I started reading which was all about Satan and stuff. That and books by Aleister Crowley and Denis Wheatley, especially The Devil Rides Out...I'd moved into this flat I'd painted black with inverted crosses everywhere. Ozzy gave me this 16th Century book about magic that he'd stolen from somewhere. I put it in the airing cupboard because I wasn't sure about it. Later that night I woke up and saw this black shadow at the end of the bed. It was a horrible presence that frightened the life out of me! I ran to the airing cupboard to throw the book out, but the book had disappeared. After that I gave up all that stuff. It scared me shitless.
Track listingAll songs credited to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne, except where noted.
|3.||"Behind the Wall of Sleep"||3:37|
|5.||"Evil Woman" (Crow cover)||Larry Weigand, Dick Weigand, David Wagner||3:25|
|7.||"Warning" (The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation cover)||Aynsley Dunbar, Alex Dmochowski, Victor Hickling, John Moorshead||10:28|
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