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The Eternal Idol Import

3.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LB4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 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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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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I will warn any listener who may be thinking of purchasing this CD, yes, it is Black Sabbath, but if you buy this, don't expect songs that sound like Sweet Leaf and Iron Man, you won't get it. Sadly, this CD gets a lot of slagging simply because it does not compare to the Osbourne material. In my opinion this CD is awesome, and shows what a great singer Tony Martin is, and what a magnificent guitarist Tony Iommi is. Songs like Acient Warrior, Glory Ride, and the title track give this album a great sound and show further evolvment in the Sabbath sound. I will say now that these songs are not sugary nor happy, so will you monkeys that keep slagging this CD for being too happy, grow up and try to do something, like, LISTEN TO THE LYRICS! This CD was made in 1987, for anybody who's unfamiliar with metal of the 80's, nobody sounded like Limp Bizkit back then! Therefore if you buy this CD, keep that in mind. I highly reccomend this to anybody who has an open mind and isn't too stubborn to try and listen to Black Sabbath without Mr. Osbourne. RISE UP TO THE SHINING!
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In the decade of the 1980s Black Sabbath was nothing but Tony Iommi and a revolving lineup. In 1987 Iommi recruited former Ozzy bassist Bob Daisly, future Kiss drummer Eric Singer, and singer Ray Gillen to record The Eternal Idol. Half way through the album, Gillen left the band and was replaced by Tony Martin. The album was a huge improvement from Sabbath's previous album Seventh Star.The album starts out with my favorite song on the album, "The Shining." It then goes on to powerful songs such as "Ancient Warrior" and "Glory Ride." It also features my favorite guitar riff on the album in "Hard Life to Love." The only complaint that I have about this album is the title track. I think it was a horrible way to end an otherwise great album and don't see why this one of the two songs included on the Under the Wheels of Confusion box set. Despite the... title track The Eternal Idol was a d*** good album and the follow-up album,Headless Cross, would be even better.
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Tony Iommi is the BIGGEST part of the Black Sabbath sound. On this album he proves himself to be one of heavy metal's most underrated songwriters. It's 1987. Many people have written the band off due to the defection of all other original members and the "revolving doors" lineup changes of the past 3 albums. Tony Iommi digs deep and comes up with one of the all-time CLASSIC Black Sabbath albums. His riffs are biting and huge. The fresh, percussive drive of Ray Singer propels the songs upward and outward. New singer Tony Martin is formidable indeed! He has all the power and depth of Ronnie James Dio but with a greater vocal range. Geoff Nichols keyboards are more front and center here than on any Sabbath album. He's finally a "proper" member of the band, contributing fully to the atmosphere of the tracks. This is dynamic, technically proficient and CLASSY heavy metal. "Born To Lose" has one of the greatest Iommi riffs ever, and a blistering guitar solo to boot. It could have been a hit single, in my opinion. "Scarlet Pimpernel" is a classically drenched instrumental track that hearkens back to things like "Orchid" or "Laguna Sunrise" of old, only much more progressive and virtuoso. "The Shining", "Glory Ride", "Hard Life To Love" have an energy, drive and power not heard since "Heaven and Hell" and "Mob Rules". This album bristles with artistic integrity and DEFIANCE to all the naysayers and those who feel that Sabbath without Ozzy is a lukewarm proposition. Every single track is a winner. The musicianship and composition are first rate. I don't normally write reviews for Black Sabbath. That name alone stands by itself for quality and uncompromising heaviness.Read more ›
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With "Eternal Idol," Tony Martin makes his debut with Black Sabbath. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out of the works somewhere along the line and what promised to be an incredible return to glory after four years instead became a nightmare of mediocrity.
Even though Martin can sound suspiciously like RJD ("Headless Cross," anyone?), he is by no means a clone. Listen to any other album except the above and you can tell that the two warble in very different fashions. Tony Iommi pulled his most infamous musical chairs act here, and the performance suffered.
The songs are merely mediocre; there is nothing here to lift this album from a quagmire of sloppy playing from the bottom end and inane lyrics. To further complicate a person's ulcer problems, the Tony-Tony combo threw in at least three upbeat bee-boppin' sugar-rock songs that are so sickeningly HAPPY that I wanted to strangle my CD player. "The Shining" and "Scarlet Pimpernel" are blatant overkills of "the red, red robin goes bob-bob-bobbin' along..." with twisted lyrics on the former and a pigsty atmosphere on the latter.
Brimming with heavy but less-than-grim tracks, "Eternal Idol" makes you want to do one of two things: either you'll frolick in the sunny, clover-laden fields with the pixies and leprechauns, picking flowers and skipping in circles with a daft grin plastered on your face, or you'll run to your toilet and barf from the sheer sweetness of it all.
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