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Aug 28, 2013

Black Sabbath Roundup: Reviews, Behind the Scenes

By Ben York
Posted: August 28, 2013
 

They still got it.

Black Sabbath original members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Ozzy Osbourne make a stop at US Airways Center on Friday, August 30. And according to numerous concert reviews, they haven’t lost a beat.

In a recent review in Massachusetts Live, Donnie Moorhouse says Black Sabbath continues to be pioneers in the heavy metal genre.

"Buoyed by the guitar playing of Iommi, considered the architect of the heavy metal sound, and the impassioned antics of Osbourne, the two-hour show served as a reminder of just how vital this collection of musicians were/are to the genre."

Moorhouse continues:

"Every metal band, and all of its sub-genres and offshoots, bows at the feet of the Sabbath legacy, copying the crunching guitar riffs, power trio rhythms, and screaming vocals. And these veterans, after all these years, still do it better than any of them.

It started with “War Pigs” and ended with “Paranoid,” and everything in between was loud, vital, and invigorating.

“We’ve got our first Number One album in the states in 44 (expletive) years,” said Osbourne at the outset. “Thank you!”

Their brand new album, “13,” has not only done exceptionally well on the charts, but pleased long-time Black Sabbath fans – something not easily done.

Songs like “Snowblind” and “Under the Sun” all rode a similar track of bar-chord riffs and heavy-bottom bass lines but never fell into hard rock cliché, thanks to Iommi’s innovative leads and the vibrant snap of touring drummer Tommy Clufetos (Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie).

“Now we are going back to the beginning,” Osbourne announced, introducing “Black Sabbath” the song that eventually gave the band its name and identity. “We wrote this composition 5,000 years ago.”

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