Master of Reality
Master of Reality probably runs a very close second to Paranoid as the most
influential metal album of all time. Black Sabbath stayed in basically the
same musical territory as Paranoid but moving a bit more into using
atonal/unconventional riffs (in particular I'm thinking of the intro and
main riffs to "Into the Void", or the bridge in "Children of the Grave").
This is also the first album that the band started tuning down on, giving
the album an ungodly low end crunch that just makes these slabs-o'-doom
even more earth-shattering. Of course, being ones to shake things up, they
also threw on another ballad, in the song "Solitude", but they went a
completely different direction than "Planet Caravan"; "Solitude" features a
slow, clean-picked single-note guitar riff and steady bass line, and Tony
Iommi even contributes some excellently melodic flute playing at the outro.
Also featuring "Lord of this World" (one of my top five favorite Sabbath
songs), this song is another must for any self-respecting metalhead.
© 1999 lord vic