Master Of Reality

Black Sabbath • LP


“Master Of Reality” is Black Sabbath’s third album originally released in 1971 by Vertigo. The album is the foundation of doom metal and stoner rock, and is considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. In the studio, Tony Iommi downtuned his guitar 11⁄2 steps in an effort to reduce string tension, thus making the guitar less painful for him to play. This pain was the result of a factory accident years earlier in which he had the tips of two of his fingers severed. The downtuning also helped the guitarist produce a heavier sound. Geezer Butler also downtuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. In Mick Wall’s biography of the band he wrote: “the Sabbath sound took a plunge into even greater darkness. Bereft even of reverb, leaving their sound as dry as old bones dug up from some desert burial plot, the finished music’s brutish force would so alarm the critics they would punish Sabbath in print for being blatantly thuggish, purposefully mindless, creepy, and obnoxious. Twenty years later groups like Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Nirvana would excavate the same heaving lung sound and be rewarded with critical garlands”.

This is a 180 grams vinyl reissue from the 1970’s on NEMS, and lacks the original embossed lettering on the front cover. Sounds amazing, everything is as good as new!


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Rock, Metal