Symptom of the Universe (song)

"Symptom of the Universe"
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Sabotage
A-side"Hard Road"
ReleasedJuly 28, 1975 (Album)
October 1978 (Single)
RecordedEarly 1975 at Morgan Studios in London, England, UK
GenreHeavy metal
LabelVertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)

"Symptom of the Universe" is a song by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1975 album Sabotage. The song was an early influence on the development of thrash metal.


"Symptom of the Universe" was composed largely by guitarist Tony Iommi, with lyrics by Geezer Butler. Its closing passage, very unlike the rest of the song, evolved from an in-studio jam, created spontaneously in a single day.[1]

Live versions can be heard on the albums Past Lives, Cross Purposes Live and Live... Gathered in Their Masses,[2] as well as the Never Say Die! concert video.[3] It is also the opening track on Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 live album, Speak of the Devil.

The song is featured in the video games Skate 2 and Brütal Legend.[citation needed]