The band experimented with their sound on this 1972 album with textured tunes like Wheels of Confusion; Tomorrow's Dream , and Changes , but still managed to stay true to the Sabbath sound with one of their heaviest tracks ever Supernaut . 10 tracks in all.
Vol 4 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am factoring in the time however this disc is a bit to Psychedelic for my taste, I know it is born of that era however I simply find it hard to swallow. Read morePublished 5 months ago by spigomars
this is an album you need in your life, but it... RIGHT NOWPublished 11 months ago by polka music best music
I love this album. It's at times very melodic and also classicly heavy. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Ozzy or Black Sabbath, great for bonfires!Published on Sept. 26 2013 by gaterbait
If the disc has a glitch "a noticeable drop in volume" as they say
It should be pulled from the market. No excuses equals no regrets.... Read more
I first got this album when it was released in 1972. I had reservations about buying an album that I listened to as a teenager, but I have already played it dozens of times. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2012 by brotagonist