Black Sabbath: the Gods of Metal

I was in the car the other day and some old Iron Maiden song was playing. Just before that, I had heard a Metallica song. It kinda got me in the mood for the ultimate gods of metal, the awesome and influential Black Sabbath!

Rolling Stone magazine reportedly called this English band “The Beatles of heavy metal”, emphasizing their role in defining the genre. And Ozzy is quite the frontman. Yes, Black Sabbath is a talented and very memorable band. I remember seeing footage of one of their 70’s live performances, which showed a huge monstrous face slowly going down towards the stage, surrounded by fire (my memory might be a bit affected by my childhood fear of this band though). And of course the crowd was going wild. They certainly knew how to use theatrics, and Ozzy kinda went overboard a few times, in a spectacular manner… and now it’s all part of rock and roll legends.

Although Black Sabbath has been associated mainly with “devilish themes”, the band has also written about political and social issues, as is the case for “War pigs” which is a favorite of mine.

So… do you have a few minutes to spare to totally rock it out?!

The 2nd video that freaked me out as a kid is a Metallica video…

Can you guess which one? I’m sure I wasn’t the only person slightly traumatized by the One video. A great video, which includes scenes from the 1970’s movie about a young soldier who gets terribly injured (no face, no limbs…), and who as a result loses all of his senses except for touch… And the military ignores his wish to die. Arg! I don’t even want to think about it, that video still terrifies me. It seems I am a softy after all.

I heard  someone on TV say that all men like Metallica (?!!) Now that sure sounds like a scientifically based statement – I love those “I asked the people around me” types of sampling methodology. But it is fair to say that Metallica is one of the most popular metal bands out there, and the group’s high energy, as well as their songs’ strong melodies (like the haunting Unforgiven, for example) have brought this band big commercial success. And the badass guitar playing stance (holding it at the knees…).

Here’s a 2000 something live performance of Master of Puppets in Québec city, a 1989 performance of Sanitarium in Seattle, and the Unforgiven video.