Digitally remastered edition of this 1972 album from the veteran Heavy Metal maniacs. By the time Black Sabbath began work on what was to be their fourth album in `72, they were very much in the ascendant. Musically, the band weren't prepared to superglue themselves back into a comfort zone and just do what was expected of them. They wanted to go beyond the darkness and gloom which seemed to surround so much of their music until that point. Here was an opportunity to open Sabbath out to unexplored worlds, to be the band who led, rather than one of the many who merely followed. And they succeeded, as there's an elegance about Volume 4 which underscores the way in which the band had matured and developed, both as songwriters and musicians. This remastered and sumptuous gatefold digipak edition of the album boasts comprehensive story of the album sleeve-notes by renowned Rock critic Malcolm Dome and a plethora of rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia. Sanctuary. 2009.
both consolidated Black Sabbath's massive transatlantic success and marked the beginning of the end. Thematically, the band continued to move away from cod-Satanism towards an apocalyptic Science Fiction based on the abandonment of a world turned irrevocably bad. Relationships were now explored, in "St. Vitus Dance" and the maudlin, piano-led "Changes", and drugs, which the band were now consuming with dangerous enthusiasm, remained a concern, "Snowblind" being a celebration to match 1971's "Sweet Leaf". But the increasingly complex and varied music--the sweet instrumental "Laguna Sunrise", the pure ambient percussion of "FX", and additional keyboards--caused vicious arguments that would eventually culminate in break-up. Hard to believe, as much of it was as crushingly heavy as ever, an obvious precursor of both industrial metal and grunge. In fact, Ministry's Al Jourgensen would later cover "Supernaut", and Seattle's Screaming Trees would cover "Tomorrow's Dream". --Dominic Wills
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