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The Eternal Idol Import
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They say, if the singer's not Ozzy, then it's not Black Sabbath. Well, maybe it's not Black Sabbath then, but it's still GREAT! Tony Martin IS a great singer too, as well as the others. Also, a band's identity doesn't matter if you like the music.
I won't analyze the songs one by one now, I guess I couldn't even do that. The music is simply fabulous. But this work does have a message in it's entire (which not every album does). I think it says, don't screw up your life and try to live it to the fullest. I like that.
We have to admit, this music was born in the glam period, which most people hate and I don't like it either. So what? We shouldn't judge things by that. All right, the drum snare does sound a bit strange, but that doesn't make it glam music, 'cause it isn't; fortunately, because this style did influence later Sabbath albums.
So you should get this, even if you think it isn't really Black Sabbath.
"The Shining" is probably the best song ever from the post-Dio period of Sabbath, along with "When Death Calls" from the Headless Cross album. Its opening notes are beautiful and delicate, and soon after, it erupts with its signature massive-power-chord-filled riff (you know, the kind that Sabbath is famous for). The melody lines are astonishing, and the riffs are as mean as ever when they are not beautifully melodic.
The rest of the album is nearly as good! Every song is great and distinguishable, just as a great album should be. The only song that seems a little like filler is "Lost Forever", but then it redeems itself fully for having the best guitar solo in the whole album. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a wonderful acoustic instrumental track that reminds me of "Laguna Sunrise" from Vol. 4 and "Fluff" from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
Even after many times of listening through the record, Eternal Idol still sends chills down my spine! Long live rock and roll!
The man can definitely sing, and the range of his voice is well suited to the music and the lyrical material. Martin shows great feeling on slower numbers like the title track or "Nightmare", and also rocks out on songs like "Born To Lose" or "Lost Forever".
Over the years, Tony Iommi has really grown as a guitarist, long removed from the "Iron Man" days, evolving into a true master at heavy guitar riffs. Playing fast or slow, in your face or understated, the man can do it all. From the chattering riffing of "Lost Forever" to the evil, hauntingly heavy tones of "The Eternal Idol", nobody does it quite like Tony Iommi. After all this time, his playing still keeps you guessing.
Known more for his riffs and rhythm playing, Iommi's solos, have at times lacked character. Too much distortion and too many notes streamed together. Taking time to put a little space between his notes, he delivers solos with a bit more substance. The solo on "Born To Lose" is particularly memorable, and those on "Lost Forever", "Ancient Warrior", "Glory Ride" are not bad. Though the tonality is still on the "thin" side.
The album is solid, with only the instrumental "Scarlet Pimpernel" breaking up the metal assault. The lyrics also deserve mention. More than mere lines that rhyme, they attempt to tell a story and create imagery. Though not specifically credited to Tony Martin, his influence on this and subsequent albums is apparent. This recording heralded the coming of the Sabbath of the late 80's and 90's and is the best of Sabbath's recordings with Tony Martin.
Most recent customer reviews
While Iommi is the metal GOD of guitar (this fact can not be disputed), this disc really isn't that great (I'm sure that WILL be disputed). Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I found Black Sabbath's"Eternal Idol"a good album with enjoyable heavy metal material on it. I have a collection of Black Sabbath albums,including their first one. Read morePublished on May 8 2004
The Ozzy era was great. The Dio era was great. Born Again with Ian was great. I personally enjoyed Seventh Star. But the downfull began with one man Tony Martin. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Johny Bottom
I saw this album at Best Buy and was excited. Why? I LOVE Black Sabbath. All Sab heads talk about is Ozzy and maybe Dio, while Tony Martin, the best vocal range, gets nothing. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by Joseph Johnson
this is my favorite sabbath album alongside headless cross,volume 4 and born again.iommi proves once again on this album he is the master of the metal sound. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by gordon
So Ray Gillen bails and Tony Martin redoes his vocals. Although some say that he's just trying to sound like Dio, for this album Martin sounds much more like the Scorpions singer. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by bob turnley
There's only one good track: The Shining. The rest of the material is very poor. The vocalist has a lousy voice!Published on May 20 2003 by Reijo Piippula
This is not a bad album, but in all fairness, I'm stubborn. I have a hard time thinking of Sabbath as TRUE sabbath unless Geezer's at least in the band. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Dave Fruge