SABBATUM (A TRIBUTE TO BLACK SABBATH)
THE MUSIC CARTEL
By now, we're all too familiar with the incessant tribute albums that invade store shelves and vie for your hard earned dollar, with the end result of many being quite half-assed and uninspired. Yet, it's refreshing when tributes are taken out of their original elements and given a new breath of life via different interpretations. Rondellus does just that for the classic catalog of Black Sabbath, however this time, they put a 14th Century spin on it. Yup, you read correctly, as Sabbath penned favorites such as "Symptom of the Universe" and "The Wizard" gets medieval on your ass, complete with lutes, harpsichords and Gregorian chanting. Sounding as rich (and as harbinging) as ever, Rondellus succeed in bringing Ozzy's infamous vocal lines down a few empires and add to the mystique of Black Sabbath by showing the listener, much like Apocalyptica did for Metallica, that besides instrument variation, these songs are timeless, even if they are sung in Latin like the Sunday mass your grandmother attends.