Saturday, May 9, 2015

Book Review: The History Of Black Sabbath Explained In "Symptom Of The Universe"

If you have ever wanted to know the full story behind the rise of the heavy metal giants Black Sabbath, then I have got the book for you. "Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe" by Mick Wall is a complete written history of the band. Beginning with their rough industrial upbringings, you get insight into how they came to become one of the most iconic bands ever assembled. From John "Ozzy" Osbourne's early thievery, to Terence "Geezer" Butler's obsession with the dark art, to Bill Ward wanting to be in a jazz band, to the band members not fully appreciating each other's talents, until they knew that together they had something special. Author Mick Wall dives into the recordings of some of rock's biggest albums as told through quotes from the band members. The book also deals with the band's drug abuse, the departure of Ozzy and the rebirth of Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio as their new lead singer.

"Symptom Of The Universe" also goes into detail about Ozzy's success as a solo artist and how Black Sabbath seemed to mirror his every move as hopes for a reunion always hung over the heads of the original members. While at times, the highs and lows of Black Sabbath resembled a soap opera, one thing was for sure that the music always came first and was priority over anyone else in the band. The main lifeline of the band was dependent on guitarist Tony Iommi and his health as the book discusses the loss of his finger tips and how he had changed his guitar playing to create one of the most iconic sounds in music. the book finishes with this latest chapter of the band, recording their new studio album, "13" and preparing for a world tour as Iommi overcomes his scare with cancer.

As the band's legacy has grown with each new generation of fans, it is absolutely necessary to have a book like this to give the facts as to how the heavy metal genre began with these for lads from England. The book was published by St. Martin's Press on April 14th. To find out more on how to get this music have, must read book, "Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe," please visit

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