Today in Metal: Black Sabbath spawned a genre 44 years ago today

Posted by on February 13, 2014


Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut, which was released in the UK on February 13, 1970.

What can I say about the first Sabbath album that hasn’t been said? Nothing! It’s arguably the album that started metal! Ozzy brings the spirit, Iommi brings the riffs, Bill Ward brings added heaviness, and Geezer adds another element of great atmosphere to it. The tracks on this album still hold up to date. It has something for everyone to enjoy.

Sure, it’s not a perfect album, but how many are? This album definitely has tracks that I enjoy more than others, but the beauty of it is that every track on the album has the capacity to be loved or not loved as much by everyone. They are all interesting tracks in different ways.

Favorite Tracks: “N.I.B.,” “The Wizard,” “Black Sabbath.”

It’s the first metal album, for my money. Of course you should pick it up, and listen to it! It laid the groundwork for everything we know today. All of this, and Sabbath was only beginning their amazing journey. If you haven’t listened to the first Sabbath album, stop whatever you’re doing, buy the album, and listen to it. This didn’t make it’s way to the United States until June, but it was released in the U.K. 44 years ago today.

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