Song of the Day: Black Sabbath – “Hand of Doom”

This week in 1970, Black Sabbath hit No. 1 in the U.K. with their classic album Paranoid. “Hand of Doom” might not get some of the hype of other songs on the album, but it’s really a pretty darn cool song, with the smooth, low-key bass driven bookends surrounding the hard-rocking bulk of the tune. SongFacts says the song is about heroin addiction and was inspired by Geezer Butler seeing heroin needles on the ground at the band’s shows, while Wikipedia says the song deals with U.S. soldiers dealing with drug addictions they built up during the Vietnam War. Honestly I’m not sure what’s true (the latter makes more sense), but it’s just say no to drugs either way.

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