Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Black Sabbath Album "Master Of Reality."

A "Dark" New Sound.

The Master Of Reality album by the band Black Sabbath is a timeless heavy metal or hard rock classic. The Master Of Reality album was the third album by the British groupBlack Sabbath, and it was released in July of the year of our Lord, 1971, since that time the album has been certified double platinum. One of the most noticeable features of the music on this album is that it may seem "darker" to you than the previous recordings by the group. This is no mistake by your ears, and it is no trick from the studio. What you are hearing is de-tuned guitars and bass. Tony Iommi, having injured a hand years ago in a factory accident found that de tuned, or slightly slackened strings made playing easier for him. Bassist Geezer Butler, knowing that it would be easier to synchronize with his guitarist, then followed suite, and a new sound was born.
Despite the fact that most of the Black Sabbath material was recorded before I was even born, the vacuum created by media moguls in our music industry concerning decent music has helped to make such timeless albums as Master Of Reality relevant to today's man, even though it was timeless to begin with. I remember in 1995 my brother and I would listen to this stuff on the way home from work, that long drive down U.S. 175 from Dallas to Kaufman. Great times, and great memories.

The List Of Classic Songs:

1.Sweet Leaf
2.After Forever
4.Children of the Grave
6.Lord of This World
8.Into the Void

Musical Masterpiece, and a Specific Departure, and The Myth.

Besides the heavy metal anthems that Black Sabbath was already well known and noted for, the Master Of Reality Album features some very beautiful acoustic interludes, and a gorgeous ballad.
Specifically, the ballad Solitude, is both woefully sad, and altogether timeless. The myth is that many people wrongly thought that Bill Ward, and not Ozzy Osbourne sang the tune, but Bill Ward did not sing on any Black Sabbath album until theTechnical Ecstasy album in the year 1976 Besides the lyrical beauty and Osbourne's beautiful vocal, the song Solitude also shows off Iommi's multi instrumental abilities, which have him playing even the flute, and piano.
As for the departure, there wasn't one, but Black Sabbath had been courted by The Church of Satan, and it's founder Anton Szandor LaVey, who had wanted them to be the official band of the Church of Satan. But with the song After Forever, the lyrical content within forever put an end to the rumor that the bandBlack Sabbath was into Satanism. Also, a heavy hitter on the album, Lord Of This World, is a song that has some clearly Biblical inspirations as well, and it alludes to a very real Satan, not the LaVey Satanic ruse concerning atheism and false realities that he would have hoped for.
On the first North American editions of the album, several songs had subtitles given to segments, making it appear that there were more songs than there actually were. The intro of "After Forever" was given the title "The Elegy", the outro of "Children of the Grave" was called "The Haunting", the intro of "Lord of This World" was titled "Step Up," and the intro of "Into the Void" called "Deathmask". This treatment had also been used on the North American editions of Black Sabbath's previous two albums. These pressings also incorrectly listed the album title as Masters of Reality. Subsequent editions corrected the album's title and removed three of the four subtitles (all but "The Elegy").
Despite the fact that the Master Of Reality Album was already a Gold album pre - release because of advanced orders alone, Rolling Stone magazine, a rag never known for having decent writers of reviews, lambasted the album time and again, and by different journalist associated with the magazine. Corporate media and corporate music has always sucked, and of course, no exception is found here with Rolling Stone magazine or it's reviews.

After Forever Lyrics

Have you ever thought about your soul - can it be saved?
Or perhaps you think that when you're dead you just stay in your grave
Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you?
Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?

When you think about death do you lose your breath or
do you keep your cool?
Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope
do you think he's a fool?
Well I have seen the truth, yes I've seen the light and I've changed my ways
And I'll be prepared when you're lonely and scared at the end of our days

Could it be you're afraid of what your friends might say
IF THEY KNEW you believed in God above?
They should realize before they criticize
that God is the only way to love

Is your mind so small that you have to fall
In with the pack wherever they run
Will you still sneer when death is near
And say they may as well worship the sun?

I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ
I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced
Will you be so sure when your day is near, say you don't believe?
You had the chance but you turned it down, now you can't retrieve

Perhaps you'll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he's the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate
Or will you jeer at all you hear? Yes! I think it's too late.

After Forever.

Orchid, and Lord Of This World

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