Geezer Butler reveals his least favorite Black Sabbath album of all time. The legendary Black Sabbath bassist tells the album was “easily the worst album” they did with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Bill Ward.
Geezer Butler‘s opinion on the band’s albums. During the latest interview with Metal Edge to promote his forthcoming autobiography, “Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath and Beyond,” Butler opened up about his personal rankings of the British heavy metal band’s discography. From his favorites to his least favorites, let’s delve into Geezer Butler’s honest opinion.
“Never Say Die” is the eighth studio album by the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and it marked a significant moment in their history. Released in 1978, it was the last album to feature Ozzy Osbourne as the lead vocalist until his return in 2013 with “13.”
Despite mixed reviews at the time of its release, “Never Say Die” has since gained recognition for its unique blend of heavy riffs, dark lyrics, and experimental elements. Let’s take a closer look at this landmark album in Black Sabbath’s discography.
“Never Say Die!” album features a mixed tracklist that showcases Black Sabbath‘s versatility as a musician. The album includes tracks like “Shock Wave,” “Swinging The Chain,” and “Johnny Blade,” which are known for their heavy guitar riffs, thundering bass lines, and Ozzy Osbourne’s distinct vocals. The title track, “Never Say Die,” is often considered a standout, with its catchy chorus and dynamic shifts in tempo, displaying the band’s ability to push boundaries and innovate.
“Never Say Die!” holds a significant place in Black Sabbath’s discography, as it marked the end of an era with Ozzy Osbourne’s departure from the band.
Here is what Geezer Butler thinks about Black Sabbath’s least favorite album:
“I will say that ‘Never Say Die!‘ is easily the worst album we did. The reason for that is we tried to manage ourselves and produce the record ourselves. We wanted to do it on our own, but in truth, not one of us had a single clue about what to do. By that point, we were spending more time with lawyers and in court rather than being in the studio writing. It was just too much pressure on us, and the writing suffered. The thing is, we were trying to progress too much musically. We completely lost the plot, I think. We stopped doing the things that made Sabbath what it was and began going from more melodic stuff, which was a mistake looking back.
Ozzy [Osbourne] always wanted to still sound like the old version of Sabbath, while Tony and I wanted to expand musically. Looking back, Ozzy was probably right because our expansion caused us to lose what Sabbath was supposed to be about.”
You can listen to the “Never Say Die!” album below!