A Sabbath Survival Guide
by Chuck Eddy | January 24, 2014
After forever, as the band themselves put it, the first eight Black Sabbath albums -- the ones with a young Ozzy howling -- are finally streamable on Rhapsody. That's reason enough to celebrate, but this Sabbath Survival Guide provides a few more: We've got a Cheat Sheet for those and other essential Sabbath and Ozzy albums; surveys of Sabbath songs covered by other bands, and other bands' songs that swiped Sabbath's "Children of the Grave" groove; and a roadmap to side appearances by members of Sabbath's current lineup. Also, find a roundup of great doom-metal records that Sabbath inspired, and playlists devoted to other stoner-rock bands of the early '70s as well as old metal bands much more obscure than Sabbath -- including, believe it or not, a completely different one who did a song called "Sweet Leaf" in 1971. How heavy can you get?