Master of Reality

Universal Music Philippines Inc.
Release date
29 Jun 2009
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sweet Leaf 5:04 370,351
2 After Forever 5:25 197,091
3 Embryo 0:28 24,239
4 Children of the Grave 5:16 388,973
5 Orchid 1:31 149,434
6 Lord of This World 5:24 188,128
7 Solitude 5:02 179,740
8 Into the Void 6:12 242,392
1 Weevil Woman '71 2:58 10,208
2 Sweet Leaf (Demo) 5:02 1,037
3 After Forever (Instrumental) 5:18 1,106
4 Children Of The Grave (Alternative Lyrics) 4:34 974
5 Children Of The Grave (Instrumental) 5:59 1,010
6 Orchid (With Tony Iommi's Cough and Count In) 1:38 915
7 Lord Of This World (With Piano and Slide Guitar) 5:36 943
8 Solitude (Alternative Version With No Flute) 3:43 345
9 Spanish Sid (Early Version of "Into The Void") 6:24 235

About this album

Master of Reality is the third album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1971. It is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Master of Reality was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies.

The slow and heavy songs that comprise most of the album are interspersed with quiet ballads written by Tony Iommi. Two of these, “Embryo” and “Orchid”, are short instrumentals serving as interludes. The third, “Solitude”, is much longer in comparison and features Ozzy Osbourne’s soft, woeful vocals.

Unusually, the lyrics of the song “After Forever” written by Terry “Geezer” Butler , focus entirely on Christian themes. At the time, some viewed Black Sabbath as Satanists due to their dark sound, image and lyrics. Similarly, the song “Lord of this World” has lyrics that deal with Satan mocking those who unwittingly follow him. It was released as a single along with “Fairies Wear Boots” in 1971.”
The song “Solitude” showcases Tony Iommi’s multi-instrumental talents, featuring him playing the guitar, flute and piano.

The album opener, “Sweet Leaf”, is a song about cannabis. “Children of the Grave” was written about war, peace and revolution.

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  • Hatekicks

    Solitude is so chill , like hawkwind's D-Rider

    9 Apr 4:40pm Reply
  • Hatekicks

    Better than paranoid , but worse than Vol.4

    9 Apr 4:38pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    The first and the greatest sludge metal album ever, by the way best Black Sabbath record.

    23 Jan 10:43am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    No one else had anything approaching Tony Iommi's guitar tone in 1971. Anyone who is into doom/sludge/stoner metal (I'm a big fan of that stuff) needs this album and should worship this album because it pretty much singlehandedly spawned those genres. If you play this for some unsuspecting soul in 2014 they would never guess from the guitar tone alone that it comes from all the way back in 1971. I can't stress how incredible it is that Iommi got this kind of heaviness from his guitar and amp way back then.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ubralex

    Judge me but this is better than Paranoid...

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Album!

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    mother of metal haha

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • metawirt

    Masterpiece, definitely! And best proto-doom-stoner-sludge [4] of course - and mother of all metal albums, too!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    best proto-doom-stoner-sludge [3] and best Sabbath album

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Max_Naprimer1

    best proto-doom-stoner-sludge [2]

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • metawirt

    Addicted to that album...

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • GoatUser

    This is where Doom metal was born

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • matheusramone10

    The best Black Sabbath album [5]

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SabbraCaddabra

    I hope they play "Into The Void" at my funeral. It rocks so hard that Dinosaur bones dance, and the Ocean flows backwards...

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Frazerman

    What a Great follow up album to one of the best albums in metal.

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    so short :(

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • adr_ew

    Their stoner prototype and their best album.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Covenantt

    The best Black Sabbath album [4]

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GraveOzz

    The best Black Sabbath album [3]

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • maurette

    stoner master piece

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
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