Genre: Doom/Heavy Metal
Label: Eagle Vision
It seems like yesterday (but damn it’s been already 20 years) searching (with a month delay) for the Metal Invader and Metal Hammer issues in the town I finished my high school, as I wanted to read everything about the last full show of the original line-up of Black Sabbath, at Birmingham NEC Arena, 4th Dec. 1997. My older friends from Athens had the money and their parents’ approval, so they went to see the legendary Brummies for the last time on Earth. Fortunately, this wasn’t a once in a lifetime show and I had my chances to see them around Europe a couple of times, including one of the happiest moments in my life in Rockwave Festival in 2005, Athens, Greece. I never thought that they would reunite with Dio, I never thought that I would have the chance to say goodbye to my heroes through a magazine…but life has many surprises for all of us. In February 4 this year a magnificent celebration took place once again in Birmingham where emotions and reality crashed into memories that everyone will carry for every day of his life. Their legacy will live forever so the brilliant show they kept for their last performance was definitely something we’ve been expected. No one felt that Bill Ward’s absence or the fact that keyboard Geoff Nicholls had died was something that could ruin this feast. Sabbath were at top notch form, making a night to remember. They knew they couldn’t be something lesser than divine. Almost 50 years ago, their monolithic sound defined the lives of so many and at the end of this adventurous journey if you want to have in your collection ‘The End’ actually you are buying a monumental chapter in rock history. Following November’s 2017 world premiere of a companion documentary film in over 1,700 cinemas around the world, Eagle Vision released the full live show of The End on November 17 on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, double CD, triple 180gm vinyl and a limited deluxe collector’s edition. A glorious ending for the heavy metal innovators, the fathers of the gods, the only titans, Black Sabbath.