Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ, I am spinning a couple of kick ass Black Sabbath covers by Soundarden and Metallica!
In June of 1992 a limited edition of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger album was released, with a second disc containing the EP ‘Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas’ (abbreviated as SOMMS). The title is a palindrome. This EP included three covers, an unreleased original song, and a live version of “Slaves & Bulldozers”. Once of those covers was Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void”. However, in Soundgarden’s version, the original lyrics were replaced by words of protest by Chief Seattle, which fit the meter of the song. “Chief Sealth”, better known today as Chief Seattle was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with “Doc” Maynard. Seattle, Washington, where Soundgarden and many Grunge era bands were formed, was named after the Chief. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of Native Americans’ land rights had been attributed to him. However, what he actually said has been lost through translation and rewriting over the years. At the 1993 Grammy Awards, the appropriately renamed “Into the Void (Sealth)” received a nomination for Best Metal Performance. This cover can also be found on Soundgarden’s “Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path”, 3-CD compilation album that was released in November of 2014. “Into the Void” was originally released in 1971 on the Black Sabbath album, Master of Reality.
“Sabbra Cadabra” is a two-song medley of songs by Black Sabbath since it also includes an excerpt of “A National Acrobat.” Both songs were originally released by Black Sabbath in 1973 on the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. Metallica’s version is off their Garage, Inc. compilation album that includes cover songs, B-side covers, and The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, which had gone out of print since its original release in 1987. The album features songs by artists that have influenced Metallica, including many bands from the new wave of British heavy metal movement (commonly abbreviated as NWOBHM), hardcore punk bands and a few other popular songs. The album was released in November of ’98 through Elektra Records.