Black Sabbath Final Tour

 

BY CHRISTOPHER HEIM

 

Following the global success of their recent comeback album ”13” and reaching number one in the United States and several countries around the world, Black Sabbath has officially decided to record one last album along with conducting a farewell tour. In an interview with “Metal Hammer”, Ozzy Osbourne stated that he hopes to begin the writing sessions with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in 2015. Rick Rubin, who produced “13,” is slated to return for the final album

Even though this news comes at the heels of a highly successful tour, it’s still surprising to me that the godfathers of heavy metal are going to make another album. Even if “13” had proven to be their swan song, it still would have been extremely fitting high-note finale to the band’s nearly 40-year existence (the final track “Dear Father” ends with a sample of the stormy weather sound-effects from their self-titled track, which opened their highly influential debut back in 1970). But, if the Sabbath boys think they have one more set of great songs to offer to the world, I’m fine with that.

Either way, I’m going to make sure I see these guys on their final tour. Without them, my favorite genre of music would not exist. With that in mind, here are my top 10 favorite tracks from each of the three major eras in Black Sabbath history (Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Martin).

But Chris, what about Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan!?! Well, he only contributed to one LP, which is “Born Again.” Personally, outside of the awesome “Zero the Hero” (the main riff was a direct inspiration to GNR’s “Paradise City”), I’m not a huge fan of that album. In fact, I think it’s one of Black Sabbath’s worst offerings next to 1995’s “Forbidden.”

 

 

Top Ozzy Osbourne-era Black Sabbath Songs

  1. “Into the Void”
  2. “Iron Man”
  3. “Megalomania”
  4. “War Pigs”
  5. “N.I.B.”
  6. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
  7. “Black Sabbath”
  8. “Hole in the Sky”
  9. “Supernaut”
  10. “Children of the Grave”

 

Best Album: “Master of Reality”

 

Top Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath Songs

  1. “Heaven and Hell”
  2. “Neon Knights”
  3. “Fallin’ Off the Edge of the World”
  4. “Children of the Sea”
  5. “Computer God”
  6. “Turn Up the Night”
  7. “The Sign of the Southern Cross”
  8. “I”
  9. “Wishing Well”
  10. “The Mob Rules”

 

Best Album: “Heaven and Hell”

 

Top Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath Songs

  1. “The Shining”
  2. “Cloak And Dagger”
  3. “Nightwing”
  4. “Devil And Daughter”
  5. “The Eternal Idol”
  6. “The Battle Of Tyr/Odin’s Court/Valhalla”
  7. “Dying For Love”
  8. “Hard Life To Love”
  9. “Immaculate Deception”
  10. “Rusty Angels”

 

Best Album: “The Eternal Idol”

 

 

Source: http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-09-29/world-exclusive-black-sabbath-to-record-new-album

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