Into the Void

Album: Master of Reality (1971)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is the last track on Master of Reality. It is about the Earth becoming so terrible that a group of astronauts fly off into space to try to find a new planet to live on. It has often been compared to Sabbath's 1970 song "Electric Funeral" in terms of lyrics and sound. >>
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    John - Portland, OR
  • Soundgarden recorded this for the 1992 re-release of their Badmotorfinger album. Their version substituted lyrics taken from a speech given by Chief Sealth, a native American leader in what is now Washington State. Sealth, who lived 1786-1866, was also known as Chief Seattle, for which the city (where Soundgarden formed) is named. This version of the song is called "Into The Void (Sealth)," and Cheif Sealth is credited as a songwriter along with members of Black Sabbath. Soundgarden was nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy for the song.
  • Tony Iommi cites "Into the Void" as one of his favorite Black Sabbath songs.
  • On this track, as well as "Children of the Grave" and "Lord of this World," guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler tuned their instruments down a step and a half (the equivalent of three piano keys) to get a darker, heavier sound. (Source: Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath.)

Comments: 4

  • Cindy from Pure DeliriumLove, love, love..Sabbath freakin' Rules!!!!
  • Emile from Perth, OnIt's the best song in master of reality
  • Doug from Kansas City, Molove it owned Master of Reality when there were such things as record albums. It wasnt as easy to get song lyrics then as it is now, but some artists were kind enuff to include them. Black Sabbath....the original heavy metal boys!
  • Lester from New York City, NyGreat Sabbath album, and 'Into the Void' is a MUCH better song than 'Electric Funeral'. Hard to believe it is 38 years since I first heard this song. 'Children of the Grave' is the best song on this album.

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