If there was one band linked the all the Seattle bands together then surely it was Black Sabbath??!! That dark, heavy sinister tone was evident with all the main players. Nirvana came closest to Black Sabbath on their debut album Bleach, both sound wise and stylistically. The tuned down bassy tone filtered through on practically every band of Seattle band, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam ect… So whilst the Seattle scene were champions of punk rock ethics yet it was 70’s hard rock that gave them their ultimate identity. I always say you only need to find one thing about a band to like them…well here’s a strange paradox for ya…I love the guitar sound so, I should love everything they do regardless of who’s doing singing.. yes? Yet I can’t stand them with Dio. So that should mean it’s Ozzy that provides me with the ultimate kick..yes? Yet I can’t stand anything Ozzy has done on his own. Whatever the logic, this is a band that only works with Ozzy and Ozzy only works with the Sabbath.
Tip of the day: If your ever in an argument/debate about whose the greatest hard rock band of all time and it’s down to the wire between Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin. Here’s how to win: Count all the great bands that were inspired by Led Zepplin. Now count all the great band influenced by Black Sabbath. Sabbath win.
Here's 2 minutes 40 seconds of pure greatness with some of the greatest lyrics in rock history.