“Black Sabbath were very different to anything around at the time,” insists drummer Bill Ward. “Our lyrics were especially unusual. We were darker and more morbid than anyone else. We all came from difficult backgrounds, and that was reflected in what we wrote about.”
Following the global success of the Paranoid album, Bill, together with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, prepared for what was to become one of the most celebrated and crucial records of their career.
As on the previous albums, Sabbath again worked with producer Rodger Bain and engineer/future Judas Priest producer Tom Allom.
“Our attitude was why change what had worked before? We knew and liked Rodger and Tom. However, I think they must have found us difficult to work with on Master Of Reality. Previously, we didn’t have a clue what to do in the studio, and relied heavily on them. But [by this time], we were a lot more together, understood what was involved and were more opinionated on how things should be done.”