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The Eternal Idol [Import]

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special May 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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). While I have never been a hardcore Sabbath fan, Iommi has always been a favorite guitar player of mine (over 35 years of playing and I STILL CAN'T STOP PRACTICING!). I don't like the lyrics (as someone who studied systematic theology for 5 years, I think I can say that Geez from the old days, as well as whoever wrote these, do not know theology, therefore the lyrics have never made much sense) and Martin's vocals are 'ho-hum'. But it is straight ahead guitar-in-your-face that only Iommi can provide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Heavy Metal May 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.When they started out, Black Sabbath was just plain heavy metal,but "Eternal Idol"is different from their first albums:It is 80's heavy metal.It still has the heavy metal Black Sabbath had in their early days,but it has 80's in the mix.My favorite track is the opening song,"The Shining".Not only is it a great way to open an album,the lyrics and the music to the song make it very catchy.The production is richly executed,and the only bad track is the instrumental "Scarlet Pimpernel" which should have been replaced with a better song.But other than that,the album is great,and lead singer Tony Martin and drummer Eric Singer are both in top performance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Awful March 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Tony Martin Black Sabbath suffers because the albums might have one good song, and the rest is crap. On Eternal Idol, The Shining is a pretty decent song. But the rest of the album is pure filler. Same with Headless Cross, the title track was good, the rest of the album mediocre at best. Now we get to TYR and the whole album sucks. In the entire History of Black Sabbath, Tony Martin stands out as a sore thumb and a very bad mistake. Granted the man can sing, but he doesn't belong in Black Sabbath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Martin Era Sabbath Feb. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I got Cross Purposes and loved it right away. Headloss Cross was even better. It took me a few listens to rate it above mediocrity. The only thing holding down this album is the fact that Headless Cross is the best Black Sabbath album hands down with Tony Martin fronting the band. Opener The Shining is based on the horror film and Stephen King novel of the same name, and is brilliant.
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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 tony iommi is black sabbath July 14 2003
By gordon
Format:Audio CD
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.check out his playing on ancient warrior,the intro to hard life to love and glory ride.every song on this album is truly superb.the title track eternal idol is the only weak track on this cd but even it is a decent song.my favorite tracks on this cd are the shining,glory ride and nightmare.check out scarlet pimpernel ,proberly the best instrumental iommi ever performed even better than fluff and laguna sunrise.in my opinion the shining is the best track the band ever recorded without ozzy and maybe even better than anything they did record with him.tony martin was also awesome in his debut with sabbath.this is a must have for any black sabbath fan,i highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath version 6.0 June 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. Despite the fact that Tony Martin didn't write any of these songs,the imagery and tone of this album continued throughout the Martin albums for which he wrote the lyrics. This is probably the heaviest of the Martin recordings. Lots of darkness here. Ancient Warrior recalls the slow metal march of Seventh Star's title track. Hard Life and Glory Ride both rock hard and this album features the last of Iommi's wonderful acoustic instrumentals in Scarlet Pimpernel. Nothing really distinguished or exceptional about Eternal Idol: just another master class in great guitar playing along with the powerful vocals typical of all the Sabbath singers.
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