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MUS RVW: Black Sabbath

To: (ZAZAS-L Satanist Elist)
From: (nocTifer)
Subject: (Z) MUS RVW: Black Sabbath (70-72)
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 08:37:56 -0800 (PST)

49980112 aa2 Hail Satan!

music review: Black Sabbath

I must confess to not having followed Black Sabbath out of their
early days, at times sampling the variety of lead singers (such 
as the excellent Ronnie James Dio) after Ozzy Osbourne, whose 
sound and first album I enjoyed.  Sabbath's first album,
'Black Sabbath' and their third, 'Master of Reality' (the 
first I was to purchase) became my favorites of that which I
was to hear (I picked up a later 'Live eviL' which was ok too) 
and I loved their bluesy style, metallic intervention and dark 
themes.  two songs from these albums were overtly related to 
Satan as I understand it: 

	'Black Sabbath' (first song on the self-titled album) 
	 and 'Lord of this World' from 'Master of Reality'.

Black Sabbath was originally composed of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), 
Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar), and Bill Ward (drums).
here's how Rolling Stone describes their entry into musicland:

	Mixing equal parts of bone-crushing volume, catatonic
	tempos and ominous pronouncements of gloom and doom,
	Black Sabbath were the heavy-metal kings of the 
	Seventies.  Despised by rock critics and ignored by
	radio programmers, Black Sabbath sold over seven
	million records.

	...In spite of their name, the crosses erected on
	their stages, and their songs dealing with apocalypse,
	death and destruction, their interest in the black
	arts was, they insisted, nothing more than innocuous
	curiosity (the sort that led Ozzy Osbourne to sit
	through eight showings of 'The Exorcist'); and in
	time their princes-of-darkness image faded....
	_The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll_, ed.
	 by Jon Pareles and Patricia Romanowski, Rolling
	 Stone Press, 1983; p. 46.

the two songs selected are quite evidently of a Satanic theme,
though firmly entrenched in a Christian perspective, featuring
Satan (or the Lord of this World) as a hazard from which to
flee, the 'evil possessor' of souls damned for disobeying the
dictates of a Christian God.  they are of value to Satanic
history as they clearly illustrate the shadow of Christianity
and its nightmarish Bogeyman.

blessed beast!


Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (1970)

 What is this that stands before me?
 Figure in black which points at me
 Turn around quick, and start to run
 Find out I'm the chosen one
 Oh nooo!

 Big black shape with eyes of fire
 Telling people their desire
 Satan's sitting there, he's smiling
 Watches those flames get higher and higher
 Oh no, no, please God help me!

 Is it the end, my friend?
 Satan's coming 'round the bend
 People running 'cause they're scared
 The people better go and beware!
 No, no, please, no!

				(thank you, wizard, for the lyrics)

Master of Reality: Lord of this World (1972)

 You're searching for your mind don't know where to start
 Can't find the key to fit the lock on your heart
 You think you know but you are never quite sure
 Your soul is ill but you will not find a cure.

 Your world was made for you by someone above
 But you choose evil ways instead of love
 You made me master of the world where you exist
 The soul I took from you was not even missed

 Lord of this world
 Evil Possessor
 Lord of this world
 He's your confessor now!

 You think you're innocent you've nothing to fear
 You don't know me, you say, but isn't it clear?
 You turn to me in all your worldly greed and pride
 But will you turn to me when it's your turn to die?

					(taken from the record jacket)
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