Posted in metal | music on April 24, 2014

by Doug Moore

Portishead at Hammerstein Ballroom, 2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)

Both Portishead and their vocalist Beth Gibbons tend to work slowly; the former theoretically have an album in the works, though it could take "ten fucking years" to be completed. (We're down to seven, now; the band have reportedly cleared their schedules.) Gibbons, likewise, announced plans last year to release a solo album via Domino Records, but details are still in the offing 10 months after the initial announcement.

In the meantime, Gibbons teamed up with the unheralded UK doom band Gonga for an intriguing Record Store Day release: a basically note-for-note cover of Black Sabbath's classic, eponymous song. If you didn't get a copy last weekend (and don't want to spend a bundle on Ebay) you can stream the recording below. Gonga pretty much just play it the way Sabbath did, and even Gibbons' vocal performance is fairly conservative and buttoned up. Still, it's good to hear her voice on a new recording.

Check out the "Black Sabbath" cover (with footage from Mario Bava's titular 1963 horror film) below...




Comments (6)

talk about late to the party and this cover sucks, she could have really nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 6:43 PM

I think what Ms. Gibbons needs is a good ol' dose of Jack White's speediness. AKA: The Lazaretto Process.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 7:35 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 8:30 PM

As much as I love both Black Sabbath & Beth Gibbons, it's just not right to remake a song that was already perfect. The original version could never have been improved upon, so any new reconstruction will always live in the shadow of the legend...
However, it was still incredible, and I really like it... But certain songs are sacred and NOT meant to be covered.

Posted by The man with the mustache | April 25, 2014 4:15 AM

She's still the best female vocalist ever. Even if this isn't all that great!

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Not bad but she could've been much more emotional during the respectable parts. Could've been up there with Black Sabbaths version.

Posted by Wild | May 6, 2014 4:17 AM

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