A hectic touring schedule lead the band into to period dogged by ill health, but as always the band pulled through and released their fourth album, aptly titled "Vol 4". As already stated, SABBATH were never ones to tow the line and this was further enforced with the epic 8-minute-opener "Wheels Of Confusion". Highlighting just about everything in the Sabs catalogue. Thundering riffs, pounding bass and drums and Ozzy's wailing vocals. "Tomorrow's Dream" is a more up-tempo rocker that would perhaps make a good single, but then SABBATH go all keyboard on us! "Changes", the obligatory ballad, really is the Metal-giants on a different planet! Like "Solitude" and "Planet Caravan", SABBATH do the unexpected and produce a melodic and almost heart breaking (?) love song!! And all on piano and without the Horned One in sight!
The glorious "Supernaut" gets things well back on track, it isn't really SABBATH without the chugging riff and Bill Ward bashing the shit out of his kit. "Snowblind" needs no introduction and if you need one then stop reading this instant! "Cornucopia" is one of SABBATH's heaviest recordings and it is easy to spot where the likes of CANDLEMASS etc got their inspiration. "Laguna Sunrise" sounds like it is lifted from a movie soundtrack such is the mood and gentle acoustic playing that sweeps into yet another heavy guitar riff for "St Vitus Dance". The album closes with the doomiest SABBATH-track ever written, "Under The Sun" is once again the band's observation on religion and it effects.
Overall another mighty release that stands the test of time more than adequately.