Thursday, March 3, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 298: War Pigs

War Pigs - Black Sabbath (1970)

The Beatles birthed heavy metal with "Helter Skelter".

Black Sabbath nurtured its pointy little head to fruition.

The importance of today's track cannot be overstated. "War Pigs" opens up their second album Paranoid, probably the most heralded metal lp ever released. It is an antiwar anthem that can just as easily be head banged along to at a party. It is progressive in its scope, rocking across almost eight minutes of changing tempos, never letting up its aggressive stance until the sped-up tape outro. Rage and satanic references have never sounded so melodic. Sabbath would continue to produce genre-defining records (with or without OZZY!!!!!) for years to come after this, but it's still the moment where the promises of their debut turned into a cataclysmic sophomore classic.

Rest in peace Dio, but this is Sabbath. Always has been and always will be!

Cover pigs, start turning the war machine!!!!

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