Inside gatefold, Japanese edition

Do yourself a favor. Take out your CD/LP/cassette tape/MP3 folder of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Listen to it. It turns 35 today. That's older than me. Things older than oneself deserve respect. Especially if they're still kicking their progeny's ass 666 ways 'til Sunday. 95% of sludge/doom metal might as well give up. Sabbath did it first, and better. "Crushing," "heavy," and all that - sure. But people forget: Ward and Butler were two of the funkiest white boys ever to wear loon pants. "A National Acrobat" slinks behind the beat, then slathers "War Pigs" in wah-wah. Hendrix would have dug it. "Sabbra Cadabra" is boogie woogie from the nth dimension, swirling together astral synths and barrelhouse piano. I love Rise Above and Tee Pee Records, but, really, they're just chasing Sabbath's ghost. That's OK, though. All of metal's still playing catch-up.

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