Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Life

September 13, 2013

YOU'VE GOT A BETTER IDEA?: Remembering the Sabbath...

This image shows the cover of the latest Black Sabbath album "13".

...A couple of days early, perhaps. Still, this writer views Friday the 13th as a fine time to consider "13"-era Black Sabbath.

"13," released earlier this year, is latest album from the heavy metalists. It features three-quarters of the classic 1970s line-up: Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Ozzy Osbourne (vocals/being Ozzy). Original drummer Bill Ward is missed. Still, fans take what they can get from a quote-unquote Legacy Act.

Cut to the chase, Goshen News blogger — how does it sound? OK, "13" is stronger than simply solid and way better than anyone has a right to expect. The Rick Rubin-produced disc finds Sabbath at roughly 80 percent its peak-era strength. "13" is no "Vol. 4," but it's deserving of more than a polite listen.

Iommi's riffs pummel and grind, and the solos are better-composed than the flailing that marked some of the early material — I'm talking to you, "Sweet Leaf." Butler's lyrics stick close to Sabbathy themes of doubt, dread, metaphysics, and human folly and failing. "You don't want to be a robot ghost," Ozzy sings in "End of the Beginning." Hey, does anybody? This is important stuff.

Sabbath circa "13" 2013 was in fine form during a gig last month in Noblesville (the venue eternally "Deer Creek" to those of us long in the tooth). What I'll most remember is the warm, joyous crowd vibe. The set list was heavy on the obvious picks, but included enough deep cuts ("Into the Void," "Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes") to keep things interesting. Plus, the Sabs played fully a third of the new album to an audience receptive to new material. The Rolling Stones are sick with envy. Or should be.

Black Sabbath has been around 40-plus years. These days, they win just by showing up. In Noblesville, they did considerably more than that. No mean feat, considering the guitar player is battling lymphoma.

Enjoy heavy music? Thank Black Sabbath for charting the course — along with Led Zeppelin, Cream and Hendrix, with a nod to "You Really Got Me" (Kinks) and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (the aforementioned Stones).

Musical worth can be argued, and "Who's better?" is a debate I choose to avoid like a wasting disease. But come on...when it comes to dark and heavy, Sabbath laid the foundation. The group's influence is undeniable. And to hear/see Sabbath not phoning it in decades after some British lads formed a band is a rare treat.



 

Text Only
Life
  • Mile and miles of memories

    Sam and his first car, Xenia, a 2005 Scion xB.

    Saying good bye to a car isn't easy for a gearhead.

    April 18, 2014

  • David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.jpg Easter crime mysteries? Some Easter traditions go beyond chocolate bunnies Visions of chocolate candies, Easter bunnies and the risen Christ come to mind this Easter season -- at least in the United States. But what about the rest of the world? Here are a few traditions and surprises.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • At the game with Ernie

    Baseball on radio brings the imagination alive

    April 13, 2014

  • There are many ways to measure success It yields a virtual sea of books, talks and podcasts; classes, seminars and sermons; pointers, tips and 10-step lists; and gaggles of guides that promise the seven secrets to it. The "it," of course, is success. A dictionary definition? Easy: the ach

    April 13, 2014

  • FEA GN140413 dick lehman 08 Passion for pottery

    Passion for pottery BY SAM HOUSEHOLDER sam.householder@goshennews.com

    Dick Lehman has spent his 33-year career as a potter learning how to see.

    Lehman has built a successful career despite no formal, traditional pottery training.

    April 13, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA GN0411 tom yoder column image Winter leaves yards with trouble spots Each and every year the majority of us are faced with some sort of horticultural problem that exists, has existed, or we're worried that it could become a problem in our future. Every year, and predominantly in the spring, I receive calls from homeow

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Electing sheriffs best way to protect rights DEAR SHERIFF: I have heard of proposed Indiana legislation in the last few years to elect one county executive who would appoint the sheriff and essentially remove the sheriff from being elected. What is your opinion on such legislation? ANSWER: The

    April 11, 2014

  • stephanie price column sig [Duplicate] 'Can I spend the night?' Just say 'no'

    Have I mentioned I’m a morning person? Love those early, early hours. They’re fresh and sweet, much like a newborn baby — quiet, gentle, promising. Oh-five-hundred is my finest hour, and coffee goes best with a sunrise.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsley, Aaron Sawatsky COLUMN: Scientists say climate to deteriorate faster than expected Scientists say climate to deteriorate faster than expected By AARON SAWATSKY-KINGSLEY Columnist

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN0324 Schrock_Rhonda column sig GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Government can't legislate common sense, matters of the heart It was a story that gripped the world for days. A Boeing 777 carrying 239 souls; missing. A desperate search by numerous countries; nothing. Questions in a multitude of dialects and tongues; few answers in any language. As someone put it, “So they can track my phone, but they can’t find a missing plane?”

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results