Symptom of the Universe (song)
|"Symptom of the Universe"|
|Single by Black Sabbath|
|from the album Sabotage|
|Released||28 July 1975|
|Recorded||Early 1975 at Morgan Studios in London, England|
Warner Bros. Records (US)
|Writer(s)||Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward|
"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.
Live versions of the track can be heard on the albums Past Lives, Cross Purposes Live and Live... Gathered in Their Masses, as well as the Never Say Die! concert video. It is also the opening track on Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 live album, Speak of the Devil.
"Symptom of the Universe" is one of the earliest examples of thrash metal, a heavy metal sub-genre which emerged in the early 1980s. The song is also said to be the first ever progressive metal song[by whom?], mainly due to the contrasting sections featured in the piece. Tony Iommi said of the song "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."
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