Black Sab­bath

The End of The End

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Stephen Dal­ton

Sab­bath’s epic farewell tour was a heart-warm­ing spec­ta­cle, with Ozzy sharper than he has been for decades and the whole band on crunchy, gnarly, vis­ceral form.

Shot at their home-town fi­nale in Birm­ing­ham in Fe­bru­ary, this no-frills con­cert film has an agree­ably raw feel, but in­evitably loses some of the live show’s sen­sory as­sault. From a creaky cold start, the found­ing fathers of ana­log metal build slowly into a steam-pow­ered be­he­moth for an­thems such as Be­hind The Wall of Sleep, War Pigs and Iron Man. The su­per-sized stage vi­su­als, heavy on flames and blood and split-screen ef­fects am­plify the heady early-70s mood.

An odd omis­sion from this

DVD edit is the in­ter­view footage fea­tured in the cinema ver­sion; a lit­tle more back­ground con­text might have given this mo­men­tous farewell the grav­i­tas it de­serves. That said, the ex­tra re­hearsal room footage packs a pleas­ing punch as Sab­bath jam hard like the bluesy young psy­cho­nauts they were half a cen­tury ago.

Griz­zled god­fa­thers of metal bow out to a home-town crowd.

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