“Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind”

Black Sabbath basically invented the genre of heavy metal with their 1969 debut, but with 1975’s Sabotage, they refined it to an art form and came up with the blueprint for thrash metal in the process. The crushing riff and breakneck tempo of Symptom Of The Universe influenced everyone who followed in their wake…the Big 4 should forever pay Sabbath royalties for inventing that signature style. Other amazing tracks on Sabotage included Megalomania and The Writ, both long, complex compositions with intense lyrics and featuring that molten lava density in sound that was unmistakably Black Sabbath’s sonic domain. Ozzy Osbourne’s vocals on this album were savage, in my humble opinion probably the best of his entire career. I also love the fact that there isn’t a single song on this album that was ever overplayed on the radio. To this day the music and songs on this album sound fresh and timeless to my ears, a true accomplishment from one of the most innovative metal bands of all time.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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