Various Artists

Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath

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Perhaps more than any other single group, the Sabbath sound lay at the heart of Seattle's grunge movement 20-some years later. And many of today's top sonic heavyweights are only too ecstatic to give credit where credit is due. The liner notes may somewhat overstate Black Sabbath's ultimate importance, and quotes from the participating groups tend to gush with the praise of devoted acolytes...but that's exactly the point. The Nativity contributors approach the music with all the passion and spark of real fans, while never boxing themselves into slavish recreations of the original compositions.

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