Liam Cormier's Top 5 Black Sabbath Songs
Where are you going to be on Saturday night? If you’ve got any sense, you’ll be in front of the Lemmy Stage at Download, watching Black Sabbath. To get us even more excited for the godfathers of metal’s return to Donington Park, we got Liam Cormier from Cancer Bats – and, of course, Black Sabbath tribute act Bat Sabbath – to pick his five favourite Sabbs cuts!
5. BLACK SABBATH
LIAM SAYS: “Of course, man! You can’t talk about the best Black Sabbath songs without talking about this one. That riff is just so heavy, but it’s so simple. But you can feel evil rising up as soon as it starts. It’s like, ‘How much darker could music get?’ And the thing about it is, it’s super-heavy, but it’s the notes that are heavy. If you listen to the guitar sound, it’s not super-distorted, it’s pretty slow but not dragging, it’s just this really amazing evil sound.”
4. WAR PIGS
LIAM SAYS: “One of the things about Black Sabbath is that they came from a blues and jazz background. That’s where a lot of the cool bits of their music comes from. Bill Ward’s drum rhythms on this are totally jazzy. It sounds pretty simple, but when you really listen, you can hear all the off-beat stuff they’re doing as well. This is a great one to do with Bat Sabbath because I get to do the ‘Oh Lord, yeah!’ bit.”
LIAM SAYS: “This is one of those songs where Sabbath were really heavy and loud, but they had this softer side to it as well. That main riff is really powerful – ‘DAH-DAH-DAAAAH!’ – but the feel of the song is pretty laid back. There’s that middle-eight where it’s not metal at all, but it’s still got that Sabbath feel.”
LIAM SAYS: “Dude, this is great because it’s so simple, but it’s so perfect. That’s a pretty common thing in Black Sabbath songs – simplicity. But then some of the stuff that sounds simple is actually pretty complex when you look at it! This one’s great to cover in Bat Sabbath because it’s pretty fast, and everyone – even if they’re not a Black Sabbath fan – everyone knows it.”
1. IRON MAN
LIAM SAYS: “This is one of those riffs that everyone just knows. Even if you don’t know it’s Black Sabbath, everyone in the world knows that riff. And the middle is totally jazzy as well – what the guitars and the bass and the drums are doing, if you listen to it, it’s all in strange rhythms and not just following each other. I love doing this one with Bat Sabbath, but I don’t do the, ‘I am Iron Man’ bit, cuz that’s Ozzy’s thing. I’m not trying to be him!”
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