Black Sabbath | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $22.50-$135
During Black Sabbath’s near half century together, a lot of groups have tried to copy their sound. Many have come close, but none has nailed their particular balance of sludge and pop—though one nice side effect of the many failed attempts is that they’ve cumulatively provided a foundation for heavy metal as we know it. The original lineup has been playing off and on since the late 90s, but they only recently returned to the studio (minus drummer Bill Ward, who bailed in February due to a contract dispute) to record their first Ozzy-fronted album since ’78. And despite the general decrepitude of almost everyone involved, 13 (Universal) is actually a worthy addition to the Sabbath catalog. Ozzy is just as miserable as he was three decades ago, and still just as capable of transmuting that misery into fantastically accessible pop hooks; Tony Iommi retains every bit of his knack for infusing dead-simple riffs with an inimitable sense of doom. It’s also a supremely ballsy move for a bunch of senior citizens to open an album with back-to-back songs that break the eight-minute mark. —Miles Raymer

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