As the often misquoted Henry Rollins phrase goes, "You can only trust yourself and the first four Black Sabbath albums." While the LPs following 1972's 'Vol. 4' have their virtues; it's hard to argue against the peerless quality of those first releases. In the space of just three years, the quartet laid the foundations for metal with the one-two knockout of their self-titled debut and 'Paranoid,' before quickly birthing the Stoner and Doom genres with 71's 'Masters Of Reality.' While hardly popular with many critics at the time, Sabbath's menacing world was a hit with the kids, soundtracking the death of the hippie dream and the arrival of a far less optimistic decade.
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