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  • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is what happens when you have four masters of noise trying out a whisper. “Louder and louder” has been Sabbath’s approach up to now, but on this album the band, by experimenting with song structures, arrangements, a quieter mix, and more lyrical subtlety, achieves one of its strongest mixtures of violence and introspection ever. Though Sabotage is the better album, without Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, it would not exist.The songs are among the best in this band’s catalogue: The title track, which aside from Tony Iommi’s trademark, monumental riffing also has splashes of ringing acoustic guitars and one of Ozzy Osbourne’s most effective vocal performances; “Killing Yourself to Live”, a thematically and musically weighted recording; a marauding riff monster in “Sabbra Cadabra” (covered by Metallica on Garage, Inc.); “A National Acrobat” — many of these songs have become staples in both Sabbath’s catalogue and metal history, and along with Sabotage, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is one of the few Black Sabbath albums that doesn’t sound dated in any way whatsoever. Starting with this album, a trace of melodicism has snuck into the volume cranker that is Black Sabbath, and its music is the better for it.

    Posted on December 7, 2009