By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
If we made a movie, it'd leave Spinal Tap behind," declared Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi upon the recent release of Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath. The eight-disc box set, encompassing the entirety of the epoch-defining Ozzy Era, breathlessly posits itself in the liner notes as the be-all-end-all of "heavy metal" and indeed, contained therein you'll find some of the mightiest, murkiest, terrifyingist, dunderheadedest and ultimately awesomest riffs known to mankind.
Of course, you've heard 'em all before. So, in the weeks before Ozzfest hits town, in the interest of enjoying Sabbath in an entirely new context (and because Ozzy and the boys haven't yet made that Spinal Tap-surpassing movie), we propose an experiment: Sync each of the first six Black Boxalbums to a different movie and crank up the tunes while watching the flick on mute, in the style popularized by The Wizard of Ozand Dark Side of the Moon. What do you get? Frequently, brilliance. Occasionally, disappointment. But constantly, amusement.
Album: Black Sabbath(1970)
Film: Animal House (1978)
Synchronization Point: John Belushi yells "Toga! Toga!"
Film:Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Synchronization Point:Title card -- "Chapter Five, Showdown at House of Blue Leaves."
Album:Masters of Reality(1971)
Synchronization Point:A terrified Wendy (Shelley Duvall) discovers the manuscript of her deranged hubby (Jack Nicholson): "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," typed over and over. "How do you like it?" Jack sneers, sneaking up behind her. She screams. Cue "Sweet Leaf." Sweeeeeeeeeeeet.