Headless Cross Original recording, CD
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From the opening slow powerful plod of the title song Headless Cross, to the catchy Devil and Daughter, to the epic ballad of When Death Calls (starts off melancholy and depressing, and then crescendos into a powerful rock ballad that stays with you), all the way to Black Moon and Nightwing, this album is one of the best "lost treasures" of the Black Sabbath legacy.
Yes, it gets a little slow with the Kill in the Spirit World and Call of the Wild, but it's definitely a solid album with Tony Martin singing the lead. Just a beautiful album all around with some very memorable lyrics and melodies that kind of got left behind in the wake of Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio.
A Black Sabbath album that is a definite must-have --- and it's unavailable?!!>?? What a shame!!! You know what they say: beg, borrow, or steal it, butcha gotta get it.
One of these seemingly forgotten albums is Headless Cross. I don't only consider Headless Cross just to be one of the best post-Ozzy Sabbath albums, but one of the best Sabbath albums altogether.
One reason die-hard Sabbath fans tend to forget this era of Sabbath albums as they don't sound exactly like Sabbath of old. For one reason, as with Headless Cross, it has a very 80's ring to it. I personally found this sound to much of my liking. Though it may not sound exactly like the material present on, oh let's say Paranoid, it is still very Sabbathy.
The vocalist on this album is Tony Martin, and this is his is his second album with the band. Tony Martin has to be one of the most underrated vocalists in the metal genre. I mean this guy has a set of pipes on him that just blows the vocal talents of Ozzy away. I might be going too far to say that Martin might even be a better singer than Dio (!?!). His vocals are dang near perfect and they fit the music like a glove. Tony Iommi is also amazing on this release like usual.
The album opens up with a moody intro entitled The Gates of Hell that goes right into the first song Headless Cross. This is a pretty epic song for Sabbath and it features really interesting lyrics penned by Martin. That's another thing about this album that is great as the lyrics are really interesting.Read more ›
was true to the band's style (heavy, cynical, mischievous and satanic) but the coming of Glenn hughes for the "seventh star" was a bullet in the head of the band, dubbed
a hair metal outfit. dont get me wrong, Glenn hughes is a wonderful singer but he's not for sabbath! Tony martin had A LOT to do in order to restore sabbath's credibility. by the time "eternal idol" was out, fans were already disillusioned by the band and "headless cross" went totally unnoticed by then whereas if it would have been released after "mob rules" the results would've been totally different. it would have been hailed as Sabbath's crowning achievement. This album is the most satanic ever done by the band. look for the lyrics and see. it also has the music to imperially back the topic up. it has the biggest collection of juicy riffs since "Sabbath bloody Sabbath" and frequent tempo changes make every song distinct, entertaining and still enjoyable after many ,many listens. i listened to this album hundreds of times and found out i love every song on it. the title track. "call of the wild" and "nightwing" are just a bit more special to me than the rest. tony martin's "dio-esque" voice is emotional, unpretentious and gives the songs the majesty and seriousness they need. he's the most underrated singer for black sabbath, he just was the right guy at the wrong time and place. i personally have already made my choice: this is the best sabbath album, followed by Sabbath bloody sabbath and Heaven and hell.
It begins with the haunting keyboards that is a prelude to the heavy, slow-paced title track. Devil and Daughter is another GREAT, upbeat riff that is perfectly complimented with the keyboard work of Geoff Nicholls (why was that musician rarely tabbed as an official member of Sabbath?). When Death Calls starts off slowly with the emphasis on atmosphereic keyboards and a simple guitar melody and BOOM! - another heavy riff and operatic Martin vocals - finishes out as another upbeat track though not quite the way Devil and Daughter does. Most of the other tracks have good riffs and that dark, heavy guitar sound that are some of Iommi's best musical efforts.
Tony Martin is a great singer. Black Sabbath does not begin and end with Ozzy or Dio on vocals. Iommi is the heart and soul of Black Sabbath. Laurence Cottle's bass work is excellent on Headless Cross, and he sounds very similar in style to Geezer Butler. Cozy Powell is one of the greatest drummers of all time, and his contributions here in terms of production and drumming really helped Black Sabbath regain some status they had lost as the band had really become a Tony Iommi solo project with the guitarist as the sole original member.
My high rating for this album of for the music ONLY.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is probably one of my favorite of Black Sabbath's regardless of singer. It has everything that makes me love this band. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Holt
This has to be the most elusive Sabbath album of any vintage. It's taken me several years to find a copy without it becoming Sothebys expensive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Sposato
This review is not about the music itself. This was not the item listed, the item I received is the classic rocks series. If I would have known that, I wouldn't have bought it.Published 6 months ago by Jeremiah Marks
Sounds like a cheesy 80's hair farmer band trying to cover some bad Iommi riffs and call themselves Sabbath. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deimos
Trying to find something else to add that has not been said about this record is difficult, but here is my input. ... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nannystate
I have to make an admission. I have been very ignorant over the years. i have been big in to Sabbath for 30 years, but only Ozzy and Dio Sabbath. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. J. D. Brown