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Charted: August 14, 1971

Rating: 4.638 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: hard rock > metal

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Sweet Leaf
  2. After Forever
  3. Embryo
  4. Children of the Grave
  5. Orchid
  6. Lord of This World
  7. Solitude
  8. Into the Void


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 8
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Children of the Grave * (12/25/82) #32 AR
* Charted version is actually a live medley with “Iron Man” by Ozzy Osbourne solo.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Master of Reality
Black Sabbath
“With Paranoid, Black Sabbath perfected the formula for their lumbering heavy metal. On its follow-up, Master of Reality, the group merely repeated the formula, setting the stage for a career of recycling the same sounds and riffs. But on Master of Reality Sabbath still were fresh and had a seemingly endless supply of crushingly heavy riffs to bludgeon their audiences into sweet, willing oblivion” (Erlewine).

“If the album is a showcase for anyone, it is Tony Iommi, who keeps the album afloat with a series of slow, loud riffs, the best of which – Sweet Leaf and Children of the Grave among them – rank among his finest playing. Taken in tandem with the more consistent Paranoid, Master of Reality forms the core of Sabbath’s canon. There are a few stray necessary tracks scattered throughout the group’s other early-‘70s albums, but Master of Reality is the last time they delivered a consistent album and its influence can be heard throughout the generations of heavy metal bands that followed” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Paranoid (1970) Previous Album: Vol. 4 (1972)

Last updated May 29, 2008.