Reunion (1998) Even some classics can use a bit of updating. Case in point: Black Sabbath. However groundbreaking their first works, the recordings sound brittle and constricted… 1998-10-20 Black Sabbath Metal
Music Review

Reunion (1998)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 20, 1998; Lead Performance: Black Sabbath; Genre: Metal

Even some classics can use a bit of updating. Case in point: Black Sabbath. However groundbreaking their first works, the recordings sound brittle and constricted by today's standards. That's resoundingly corrected by the new live album Reunion, recorded at the foursome's first reunion in 20 years, held last December in their native Birmingham, England. There's more thrust and bottom, and more space for Tony Iommi's evil leads. Even when Ozzy screeches wildly off-key, the album still sounds bloody brilliant. B+

Originally posted Nov 27, 1998 Published in issue #460 Nov 27, 1998 Order article reprints