Slash Reveals Black Sabbath’s Heaviest Record And Names His Favorite Song From That Album


Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash shared a video on his official Instagram in which there was Black Sabbath’s 1978 performance of ‘Symptom of the Universe.’ According to the guitarist, Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage‘ is the most underrated and heaviest record out of all the band’s releases.

Black Sabbath released its sixth studio album, ‘Sabotage‘ on July 28, 1975, and peaked at No. 7 in the United Kingdom and at No. 28 in the United States. Although the record wasn’t as commercially successful as their previous albums, it was praised by respectable music critics and regarded as one of the greatest metal albums of all time.

Although the record has several successful tracks, ‘Symptom of the Universe‘ stole the show with its legendary main riff, which is considered to be a structural and sonic predecessor to thrash metal. The song is considered to be one of the greatest songs of Black Sabbath and regardless of its success, it’s also one of the tracks that are often looked down on or known less as opposed to their classics.

Slash recently shared a video of Black Sabbath’s ‘Symptom of the Universe’ performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London during the band’s ‘Never Say Die’ tour back on June 19, 1978. While paying homage to the band’s former lead singer Ozzy Osbourne’s vocal performance, Slash complained about the album’s lack of reputation.

It is clear that the Guns N’ Roses guitarist thinks ‘Sabotage’ is the least celebrated album of Black Sabbath out of the band’s first six records. According to him, the album is most likely the heaviest one, even though some fans may not agree with him.

In addition to this, Slash revealed that his favorite track from the album is ‘Symptom of the Universe’ just like many others due to its legendary guitar riff. Furthermore, the song has the best elements to display Ozzy Osbourne’s power and range as a metal vocalist.

Slash’s caption in the IG post follows:

“Black Sabbath performing ‘Symptom of the Universe’ on the 19th of June in 1978 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London during the Never Say Die Tour⁣.

About Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage:’ ⁣

Out of Black Sabbath’s legendary first six albums, ‘Sabotage‘ is the least celebrated for some reason. I on the underhand think it’s criminally underrated because this record came at a time when the band was putting out one platinum record after the next and they were starting to get the attention of the masses. While most fans might not agree with my opinions due to the presence of synthesizers in a Heavy Metal record, I feel this is probably the heaviest record in Black Sabbath’s entire discography. ⁣

My favorite tune from this album is ‘Symptom of The Universe’ and this is a song with a riff that sounds like something you’d find in a new wave of British heavy metal record (Perhaps the inspiration for Diamond Head’s Am I Evil?). To my ears, this song is the sonic predecessor to thrash metal, and apart from the riff my favorite part of the song is Ozzy’s vocal performance as he’s displaying enough range, power, and confidence to foreshadow his hugely successful solo career.”

There’s no doubt that Slash is a huge fan of Black Sabbath as he previously joined Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler to perform the band’s classic tracks for the Ozzy Osbourne & Friends Tour. Fans loved seeing him praising a band that he admires deeply, and they left dozens of comments under the post appreciating the connection between Guns N’ Roses guitarist and Black Sabbath.