BLACK SABBATH

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TECHNICAL ECSTASY

(1976)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
High-pitched vocals, Old School, Opera-Rock, Symphonic
"Moving further away from the original Doom, Black Sabbath offers with "Technical Ecstasy" a good Hard Rock album which appears as a perfect synthesis of the band."
ZOSO (28.05.2009)  
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In many minds, "Technical Ecstasy" marks the beginning of Black Sabbath's first decline, which will twice lead to Ozzy Osbourne's departure. After more experimental albums, "Sabotage" had returned to a more Rock sound that had kept fans happy. With this new album, the band's position in relation to its original Doom influences is ambiguous again.

Indeed, the past experimentations have left their mark. The synthesizers are omnipresent on the album, less demonstrative and with a constant concern for the right arrangement. Diversity is also present with lighter, Rockier tracks. So, after a very typical opening track with an unstoppable chorus ('Backstreet Kids'), the listener can hear jazz ('Rock & Roll Doctor'), folk ('It's Alright', sung by Bill Ward), and more orchestral sounds on 'She's Gone'.

The whole still sounds Black Sabbath, but this is mostly due to Iommi's sound and tuning, as the slow, dark structures of the past fade even further. However, in detail, the compositions reveal the usual elements with powerful, inventive riffs and punchy solos. Bill Ward and Geezer Butler also bring as much groove as ever with a playing that prevents the compositions from being too rigid.

The whole sounds like a perfect synthesis of the band. At no time do the musicians give the impression of being restrained and the compositions express themselves fully. The grandiloquent side of 'She's Gone' or the emphasis of the chorus of 'Gypsy' remain credible and even pleasant.

The only reproach that could be made against "Technical Ecstasy" is that it doesn't offer any real stand-out tracks. The constituent elements of these are more interesting than they are in themselves. The album is very homogeneous in its quality, with no weak moments, but also no strong ones.

"Technical Ecstasy" is a great pleasure to listen to and proves once again the talent of a band too much confined to its role of Metal precursor. Black Sabbath offers here a good hard rock album, full of interesting things... Once again...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Back Street Kids - 03:47
02. You Won't Change Me - 06:42
03. It's Alright - 04:04
04. Gypsy - 05:14
05. All Moving Parts (Stand Still) - 05:07
06. Rock 'n' Roll Doctor - 03:30
07. She's Gone - 04:58
08. Dirty Women - 07:13

LINEUP:
Bill Ward : Batterie
Geezer Butler: Basse
Ozzy Osbourne: Chant
Tony Iommi : Guitares
   
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