Monday, December 26, 2016

Book Review: Find Out "What Evil Lurks" With The New Complete History Of Black Sabbath

The end of an era is arriving in early 2017, when one of the founding bands of heavy metal, Black Sabbath will be calling it quits. Original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will finish their nearly 50 year career with their final show on February 4 in Birmingham, England, where it all began. With all the mayhem and line-up changes within the band, it may have been hard to keep track of the band's history. Well, a newly published book titled "What Evil Lurks: The Complete History of Black Sabbath" will definitely help. This new 224-page hardcover book follows Black Sabbath from their early days as the band Earth right up until their final American tour. Author Joel McIver does an amazing job telling the history of the band as he uses excerpts from interviews to give authenticy to the early days. The book does a nice job following the idea of the band's name "Black Sabbath" and to what many consider the beginning of heavy metal music.

This new book is loaded with many unpublished color and black & white photos to go along with the story. Each of the band's albums are covered within each chapter, from their self-titled debut album through their 19th studio album "13." McIver follows both the career of Black Sabbath, post Ozzy, and also Ozzy Osbourne's solo career as the two paralleled each other for over 20 years.

The center of the book contains a four-page, full color fold-out to help understand the Black Sabbath family tree. The 1980's featured a decade of highs for Ozzy Osbourne's solo career, Black Sabbath was heading into obscurity following the departure of their second and third lead singers. Also at this time, many new heavy metal bands were on the rise, naming Black Sabbath as one of their biggest influences. Author Joel McIver handles the confrontations within the band with class and grace, by not saying that one side was more correct than the other in their decisions. The book also briefly covers many of the original band's latter solo projects like G/Z/R, Iommi and The Bill Ward Band. Then, all the planets alined for Black Sabbath's 1997 reunion, featuring the four original members of the band, but it would soon be short lived.

The book finishes with some great photos from their 2016 show at New York's Madison Square Garden, which was one of the final North American shows of Black Sabbath's career. It also discusses the untimely death of fan favorite singer, Ronnie James Dio, who gave Black Sabbath new life numerous times throughout their career. The final section of the book has McIver looking back with the members of the band as Black Sabbath comes to "The End." The book also features a great forward by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn as he tells us what Black Sabbath has meant to him and his career in music. To find out more about the newly published "What Evil Lurks: The Complete History of Black Sabbath," please visit

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