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Symptom of the Universe (song)


Symptom of the Universe (song)

"Symptom of the Universe"
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Sabotage
Released July 28, 1975
Recorded Early 1975 at Morgan Studios in London, England
Length 6:29
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Writer(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward

"Symptom of the Universe" is a song by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1975 album Sabotage.


"Symptom of the Universe" was composed largely by guitarist Tony Iommi with lyrics by Geezer Butler. The song's closing passage, very disparate from the rest of the song, evolved from an in-studio jam. It was created very spontaneously in a single day and the decision was made to incorporate it into the song.[3]

Live versions of the track can be heard on the albums Past Lives and Cross Purposes Live,[4] as well as the Never Say Die! concert video.[5] It is also the opening track on Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 live album, Speak of the Devil.

The song is also featured in the video games Skate 2 and Brütal Legend.

Musical style

"Symptom of the Universe" is one of the earliest examples of thrash metal,[2] a heavy metal sub-genre which emerged in the early 1980's. The song is said[by whom?] to be the first ever progressive metal song, mainly due to the contrasting sections featured in the piece. Tony Iommi stated in his 2011 autobiography that he doesn't disagree with that assertion, though he also stopped short of fully agreeing with it.[1] Iommi said "It starts with an acoustic bit. Then it goes into the up-tempo stuff to give it that dynamic, and it does have a lot of changes to it, including the jam at the end."

Notable covers



External links

  • Template:MetroLyrics song

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