When \"Anno Mundi\" starts, you know instantly where \"Dream Theater\" got the inspiration for most of their riffs. From the master. Mr. Iommi.It seems that the band (almost) turned their back to the poor AOR-ish style and were fully heading the metal sound. Much better. Tony Iommi has almost risen from the dead. Just listen to his great performance during \"The Law Maker\". But in terms of poor AOR, there are still some residues : \"Jerusalem\" is very, very weak.\"Tyr\" is a condensed version of \"Sabbath\" music. A bit of AOR, a bit of metal, a little of hard-rock and some bits of heavy stuff like in the good old days with \"The Sabbath Stones\" which is my fave and combines heavy with acoustic passages like on their debut album and the song \"Black Sabbath\". Some very short intrumental as usual with \"The Battle Of Tyr\" : a strange and very short \"philarmonic\" song. Almost making one and only track with \"Odin's Court\". Another short acoustic song. Flavourless and dull. The worst being achieved with the awful \"Valhalla\". Some rock ballad of course with the unevitable great guitar solo (\"Feels Good To Me\").Another of my (two) fave is the closing number \"Heaven In Black\". A fully hard-rock song starting on a drum solo completely borrowed to \"Pictures Of Home\" (Machine Head). Great rhythm, veery powerful number.This album is not as bad as its predecessor. But it is far to be a good album. Two stars. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Review this album Report (Review #145128)
\"Tyr\" is not as heavy as \"Headless cross\" but it holds it's own. There's a majestic feel about several songs. \"Jerusalem\" is a great song, which takes the breath out of me every time I listen to it. Then there's the epic highlights of \"The sabbathstones\",\"The battle of Tyr\" and \"Valhalla\". For me theseare truly enjoyable songs which proves that Sabbath ALWAYS are able to deliver quality stuff. (\"Forbidden\" excluded.) \"The law maker\", \"Anno mundi\" and the ballad \"Feels good to me\" are songs of quality but sooner forgotten than the rest on the album. The only real bomber is \"Heaven in black\" which is an appaling song.\"Tyr\" is an album worth exploring. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Sunday, January 13, 2013 Review this album Report (Review #893203)
In February 1971, after a one-off performance at the Myponga Pop Festival in Australia, Black Sabbath returned to the studio to begin work on their third album. Following the chart success of Paranoid, the band were afforded more studio time, along with a \"briefcase full of cash\" to buy drugs. \"We were getting into coke, big time\", Ward explained. \"Uppers, downers, Quaaludes, whatever you like. It got to the stage where you come up with ideas and forget them, because you were just so out of it.\"
In late 1977, while in rehearsal for their next album and just days before the band was set to enter the studio, Osbourne abruptly quit the band. Iommi called vocalist Dave Walker, a longtime friend of the band who had previously been a member of Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, and informed him that Osbourne had left the band. Walker, who was at that time fronting a band called Mistress, flew to Birmingham from California in late 1977 to write material and rehearse with Black Sabbath. On 8 January 1978, Black Sabbath made their only live performance with Walker on vocals, playing an early version of the song \"Junior's Eyes\" on the BBC Television programme \"Look! Hear!\" Walker later recalled that, while in Birmingham, he had bumped into Osbourne in a pub and came to the conclusion that Osbourne was not fully committed to leaving Black Sabbath. \"The last Sabbath albums were just very depressing for me\", Osbourne said. \"I was doing it for the sake of what we could get out of the record company, just to get fat on beer and put a record out.\" Walker has said that he wrote a lot of lyrics during his brief time in the band, but none of them were ever used. If any recordings of this version of the band other than the \"Look! Hear!\" footage still exist, Walker says that he is not aware of them.
On 11 November 2011, Iommi, Butler, Osbourne, and Ward announced that they were reuniting to record a new album with a full tour in support beginning in 2012. Guitarist Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma on 9 January 2012, which forced the band to cancel all but two shows (Download Festival, and Lollapalooza Festival) of a previously booked European tour. It was later announced that an intimate show would be played in their hometown Birmingham. It was the first concert since the reunion and the only indoors concerts that year. In February 2012, drummer Ward announced that he would not participate further in the band's reunion until he was offered a \"signable contract\". 1e1e36bf2d