Paranoid

Black Sabbath (1970)

Sure, Black Sabbath’s second LP is dumb and plodding, but it’s the birth of heavy metal. And that unsophisticated neanderthal brutality became an exciting and important part of the genre’s DNA. Plus, it’s almost all hits, too. A great album, provided you can get past the overbearing silliness of Sabbath’s image and the frequently terrible clunky lyrics.

Key track: “War Pigs/Luke’s Wall”

See also: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970), Master Of Reality – Black Sabbath (1971), Vol. 4 – Black Sabbath (1972)

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