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The Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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1. The Shining
2. Ancient Warrior
3. Hard Life To Love
4. Glory Ride
5. Born To Lose
6. Nightmare
7. Scarlet Pimpernel
8. Lost Forever
9. Eternal Idol

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really great Oct. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think this is one of the best heavy metal albums ever. If they ask me, it's got everything it needs (though I'm really not such an expert in rock music's structure or guitar playing or whatever, I just like to listen to it). This was one of their least succesful albums. Well it shouldn't have been.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the tony martin period March 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
On my review of Headless Cross, I said that I couldn't decide which one was the best of the Tony Martin period of Black Sabbath. Well, I've made up my mind, I think Eternal Idol is. The songs are consistently brilliant through the whole album. Tony Martin sings his heart out, and he is the best singer the band has ever had, although other singers have had more recognizable qualities to their voices.
"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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Surprising Sabbath Album March 10 2003
By Cyprus
Format:Audio CD
As many Sabbath fans, I grew up addicted to the original Black Sabbath. This made me very questionable about any other era of what I used to call "Not Really Black Sabbath". Then I listened to "Heaven and Hell", and was blown away. I figured it was such a great album due to an accomplished singer like Dio joining the band. I never thought I could get into a "Black Sabbath" album with Iommi being the only original member and having a virtually unknown singer at the mic. As soon as I heard "The Shining", however, I was proven wrong. This album made me realize why Black Sabbath is so addictive...the masterful riffs that Tony Iommi comes up with. Sure, Geezer's frenzied bass lines, Bill Ward's solid, yet soulful drumming, and Ozzy's desparate singing that sounds like a soul from hell in complete torment really complimented the original lineup, the true source of Sabbath's genuis is Tony's guitar work and song writing ability. This album proves that, and is defenitely the best post-Ozzy album aside from "Heaven and Hell".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Tonys... Feb. 11 2002
By trebe
Format:Audio CD
Since founding member Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath, the group has had numerous distinguished vocalists. Among them, Tony Martin may be the least known, and one of the more under appreciated. "The Eternal Idol" his first effort with the group, contains some of his finest work with Sabbath.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special
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 more
Published on May 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Heavy Metal
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 more
Published on May 8 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
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 more
Published on March 27 2004 by Johny Bottom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Martin Era Sabbath
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 more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Joseph Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars tony iommi is black sabbath
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 more
Published on July 14 2003 by gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath version 6.0
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 more
Published on June 18 2003 by bob turnley
1.0 out of 5 stars Shining
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but not True Sabbath
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 more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Dave Fruge
I hate to sound repetetive about what I say about Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath, but this is a great CD. This cd doesn't have Ozzy or Dio singing, but is it good. Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by scott gordon
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