5 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though hardly the first heavy rock album, Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut was nonetheless the record that established metal as a separate life force—the first one to envision a horror world beyond psychedelic acid boogie. Presented as sections of extended, multi-part medleys, tracks such as “Wasp” and “Warning” still rank with the band’s bluesier moments. But bruisers like the sludge-caked title track and the crushing “The Wizard” and “N.I.B.” come off like nightmares putting hippie dreams thoroughly to rest.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though hardly the first heavy rock album, Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut was nonetheless the record that established metal as a separate life force—the first one to envision a horror world beyond psychedelic acid boogie. Presented as sections of extended, multi-part medleys, tracks such as “Wasp” and “Warning” still rank with the band’s bluesier moments. But bruisers like the sludge-caked title track and the crushing “The Wizard” and “N.I.B.” come off like nightmares putting hippie dreams thoroughly to rest.

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