A Very Short Post on the Seriously Important News of the Day

Black Sabbath lands at #1 on the Billboard chart for the first time in their career.

Let me just say: OZZZZZY!

Dial up 13 on your music streaming service of choice. It’s a great album. Classic Sabbath.

And don’t get all weird about the first single, “God is Dead?” Note the question mark, and remember that Tony Iommi is a born-again Christian, and Ozzy has also identified as Christian in the past. It’s a song about doubt in the face of evil.






Oh, what? You expected something on the Supreme Court decisions? Like we need one more post on that added to the noise machine. I even took down my Facebook comments on it.

I’m just surprised anyone still engaged in this wretched and corrupt system is shocked. We are subjects, not citizens, and The Ruling Class has spoken. Welcome to 64AD. Bread and circuses for everyone! (Except, of course, for Christians. We’ll be in the circus, as the main attraction, just like before, and we’ll take our own Bread with us. Just like before.)

Rock on, people.


Chris Henrichsen also posts on the important stuff. No, not SCOTUS decisions or strained analogies to Neronian persecutions, but on heavy metal.

Middle aged men: we just can’t shake those 70s/80s musical loves.

(Also: note how much the song “Zeitgeist” on 13 sounds like a sequel to “Planet Caravan,” while “Dear Father” is about clerical abuse and “Pariah” is about a false messiah. Geezer Butler–lyricist and lapsed Catholic–is as preoccupied with religion as ever. Overall, I think the album sounds a bit like Master of Reality. It’s more like middle-period Sabbath than anything later, or from Ozzy’s solo career.)

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  • Katie Burke

    I love bread! Never been much a fan of circuses.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    I hate clowns. Not scared, just … bleh: clowns!

  • Tom

    “End of the Beginning” is a blatant retread of “Black Sabbath”, and I’m still sad that they don’t have Bill Ward involved (and nobody seems to know why), but a Black Sabbath album at #1? I’ll take it.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    Oh, I definitely heard a few familiar riffs going by, but that’s okay. They’re like old friends.

  • Michael

    Hey Thomas,

    Been reading your blog for a while now and I’ve always been curious where you got the St. Augustine quote on the side from. Today it just haunted my soul.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    That found its way into my quote log while I was doing a semester on Augustine, and for some reason I never attached a source and haven’t been able to find it since. I think it was a loose translation (probably by Edmund Hill, whose translations can be quirky but fascinating) of something in City of God 22.8.