H.I.M. Frontman Talks About His Favorite BLACK SABBATH Albums

February 1, 2005

In the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo lists his top 10 BLACK SABBATH albums and comments on each recording. Read on:

10. Born Again

Ville Valo: "…'Disturbing The Priest' [is] a really cool, doomy, classic SABBATH track."

09. Heaven And Hell

Ville Valo: "…it's one of those albums that still stands the test of time, it still sounds good. It still makes me smile when I hear it."

08. Technical Ecstasy

Ville Valo: "One of BLACK SABBATH's most under-rated songs is 'Dirty Women'. That's actually my favorite Tony Iommi riff."

07. Never Say Die

Ville Valo: "I really like the vibe they get with the way they use the synths."

06. Vol. 4

Ville Valo: "'St. Vitus Dance' is my favorite track from that album."

5. Paranoid

Ville Valo: "…I love the story behind 'Paranoid': the album being too short and needing another song. So many great songs often happen like that."

4. Master Of Reality

Ville Valo: "'After Forever' is one of my favorite SABBATH tracks ever….The start of the album is really great, with all that coughing before 'Sweet Leaf'."

3. Sabotage

Ville Valo: "'Hole In The Sky', the album opener, was just massive as far as I was concerned."

2. Black Sabbath

Ville Valo: "That really is the best cover artwork I've ever seen on any album ever."

01. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Ville Valo: "Things like 'Fluff' are what I love about the '70s. What really big band would start the album with a couple of really heavy songs and follow that with a soft instrumental like 'Fluff'? It really does make you think, 'What on earth are they doing here?' But also it's part of what made BLACK SABBATH such a unique band."

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