Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Black Sabbath-Vol.4 (1972)

Recorded at the Record Plant in mid-summer of 72 and after having been constantly on tour and have recorded the immortal "Masters Of Reality" (1971), the new album of the Sabbath was about to be called "Snowblind" as the cut sixth album where Ozzy shouted "cocaine" after each verse (dedicated to the use and abuse of this drug), which the recording using the aseptic remedied name "vol4" as if at some point had recorded some other album called "Vol", but this was not the only substance that ran through the recording of the album where Ozzy, Iommi, Butler and Ward had more time to try all kinds of arrangements and instrumentation, the subjects divided into several parts and, Still, got to be gold.
Start with the hypnotic and bluesy "Wheels Of Confusion" is great but the bluesy Iommi's influence will soon give way to an insistent riff on which Ozzy pour his words until the 2:30 minutes everything changes and the work of Ward looks alone on an issue that has both metal and blues, classic rock, progressive and some psychedelia. When there are just under four minutes Iommi riff starts again start to finish in rolls and ecstasy of "The Straightener" which, thanks again to Ward, it sounds seventies and blanket the sharp Iommi solo. "Tomorrow's Dream" is more like a single that we can find on this record and it was published, the first single from Black Sabbath from "Paranoid" about the comparisons, without ever detracting from this topic with a riff playful ending overlapping with a guitar, facing down the stretch, looks off into the sky.
The piano of "Changes" is a big surprise with the Mellotron that shelters Ozzy's voice, intensely dramatic, as he sings about the loss of a loved one, "I'm Going Through Changes ...". Emotional, straightforward, and surprisingly for a band like Sabbath, a registry change that is appreciated all the great riffs that make up the disk. It reaches "FX", the "Martian" instrumental album that all of the seventies, in which the most addictive substances have been involved in the process of recording or composition should include. In "Supernaut" Ward warms up with its charles and Iommi is started with a metal riff house brand in which you realize what these current Black Sabbath still sound and the amount of artists that have influenced. Iommi's solo is so muscular and so full of bad milk'm glad to hear it again and again. But we could not ignore the excellent work of Ward, not only at the end of this song that gives us all a lesson after the patches, but throughout the disc. It is truly overwhelming as it comes to sound every second of the album.
"Snowblind" and Ozzy presents "snow blind" in which, rather than warn or instruct, tell us how you live rather the effects of cocaine. It is striking that under a depressing background vocal harmony singing Ozzy sounds so festive and even when they change gears and accelerate precipitously to return to the original riff but this time with new fixes, Iommi just as only he can end a matter of Sabbath .
The groovie and burdensome "Cornucopia" (one that will go down in history as that in which I was to pinpoint Ward being fired tired of repeating again and again) that stretches slow and heavy as a giant just waking to try to move fairly quickly and leave the heavy groove with which it has started listening to the work of Ward and the variety of rhythmic patterns which boasts one is not strange at all that the poor sick of trying it ended Bill again and again.
"Laguna Sunrise" is an acoustic instrumental, beautiful and idyllic, like an oasis after the grim and monolithic "Conucopia", a small haven of peace before the electric "St. Vitus Dance" with a rough distortion Iommi's guitar that plays a couple of riffs that alternates as if they were the change of mind and a sick mind. And the journey ends with "Under The Sun", with an unmistakable sound of the quartet of Birmingham itself brings us back to his first album. After a sprint, an ancestral gong, change gears and just "Everyday Comes & Goes" with Iommi as a real player in a trance and progressive metal. They do not make records like they used to!

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