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Black Sabbath
The End DVD/CD
December 2017
Released: 2017, Eagle Vision
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Filmed at the legendary band's farewell show on February 4th, 2017 in their hometown of Birmingham, England; THE END showcases the godfathers of heavy metal performing a best of setlist for perhaps the final time.

This DVD is one I predict metalheads will be enjoying for sometime to come. Filmed in front of a capacity crowd, the forebearers of metal need not prance or dance or entertain with laser lights. Just the mere sight of Tony Iommi plucking at his Gibson SG and you cannot help but be thoroughly engaged in this performance. The "Hand of Doom" indeed, the man who has unleashed many, many tastefully wicked riffs of steel over an incredible near fifty year career. Then we have Geezer Butler, the gifted bassist and lyricist who helped define the sinister imagery of Black Sabbath's music with his brilliantly apocalyptic musings. Of course onstage with the aforementioned Tony and Geezer is the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne and we all know he is bat-head biting, crazy! Lord knows there is an ocean of evidence for the history books in that regard.

Sadly missing is the band's original drummer Bill Ward. It seems that whether it was the money or his physical stamina, they could not get it together for even one show. Or even a few songs. Sad really. In Bill's absence we are left with the capable hands and feet of Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne/Alice Cooper/ Rob Zombie) who just might be the luckiest drummer in metal to perform with the three Sabbath legends on the same stage. Though featured only very briefly on camera, Adam Wakeman makes his presence felt lending additional guitar and keyboards.

Also included is a bonus CD of the band's final studio sessions entitled "The Angelic Sessions" recorded live at Angelic Studios in the UK following the band's final onstage performance. The song choices are a bit random and should please fans and collector's alike.

This DVD/CD collection would make a fantastic gift for virtually any headbanger! Young fans need to understand where all of this music comes from, old fans need to witness the final Sabbath! Do yourself a favor and secure your copy at once!
Track Listing

1. Black Sabbath
2. Fairies Wear Boots
3. Under The Sun
4. After Forever
5. Into The Void
6. Snowblind
7. War Pigs
8. Wall of Sleep
9. NIB
10. Hand of Doom
11. Medley (Supernaut, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Megalomania)
12. Rat Salad (Drum Solo)
13. Iron Man
14. Dirty Women
15. Children of the Grave
16. Paranoid
1. The Wizard
2. Wicked World
3. Sweet Leaf
4. Tomorrow's Dream
5. Changes


Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Tony Iommi - Guitar
Geezer Butler - Bass
Tommy Clufetos - Drums
Adam Wakeman - Guitar, Keyboards



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