1972 Metal: Black Sabbath ‘IV’

1972 metal black sabbath iv

Hello and welcome to the Rock n Coasters podcast, I am one of your hosts, Michele Forto. To kick off the new year we are starting something new every week. We are going to talk about the top metal albums of the year and share some cool facts from back in time. Sit back kids, this is going to be a wild ride.

Ah… 1972. It seems like yesterday that I was just a baby! Bloody Sunday: On January 30, British troops shoot unarmed protesters in Northern Ireland, killing 13 civilians. Rock band U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday memorialized the event. Intel invented the single-chip microprocessor and the Top Song was The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack.


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“The mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
-United Negro College Fund

1972: Black Sabbath, ‘Vol. 4’

If they had it their way, Black Sabbath’s fourth record would have been named after “Snowblind” and it’s mountain-moving riffage. The label didn’t find condoning cocaine use favorable, however, and here we sit with ‘Vol. 4.’ Higher than ever, but still functioning as metal’s keenest innovators, the Sabbath quartet opened things up with the bleeding cries of “Wheels of Confusion / The Straightener,” an eight minute slow-burner that dives headfirst into swinging tempos. Each of the first six Sabbath records feel like they feature Iommi’s best collection of riffs, but with the driving “Supernaut,” the romp of “Tomorrow’s Dream” and the sinister rhythms of “Under the Sun / Every Day Comes and Goes,” ‘Vol. 4’ might have the most. Who can say, really?

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I am your host, Michele Forto, see you next time.


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