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Black Sabbath

Would there be heavy metal without Black Sabbath? Possibly. But it wouldn’t sound nearly as menacing or as dark (or as awesome) if Black Sabbath didn’t set the template in the early ‘70s. Starting with their self-titled debut album in 1970, and running all the way up through 2013’s reunion LP with singer Ozzy Osbourne, the quartet has shaped and defined the way heavy music has sounded and has been played for more than 40 years. From Osbourne’s prince-of-darkness wail and Tony Iommi’s sludgy guitar riffing to Geezer Butler’s crawling bass lines and Bill Ward’s deathly drum smacks, Black Sabbath’s music has influenced generations of hard-rock, stoner-rock and heavy-metal artists. Personnel changes over the years (including various singers who followed Osbourne’s initial successor Ronnie James Dio) somewhat softened their bite, but there’s no getting around the sheer force that drives the group’s classic records.

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Tony Iommi Is ‘Sure’ There’s More to Come From Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is still “sure” the band will work together again, even though they haven’t discussed specifics.

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Black Sabbath / Facebook

Black Sabbath Plays Last-Ever Concert: Video, Set List

Black Sabbath played their last-ever concert tonight in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

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Tim Whitby, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s Farewell Show: ‘I’ve Been Tearful’

As Black Sabbath prepare for their farewell show this weekend, at least one member is choked up at the prospect of the band's final gig.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dies

Geoff Nicholls, who played keyboards with Black Sabbath for 25 years, has died of lung cancer.

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Janette Pellegrini / Ethan Miller / Kris Connor, Getty Images

Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Alice in Chains Vets Added to Metal Allegiance ‘Tribute to Fallen Heroes’ Show

The all-star Metal Allegiance collective has invited a few more famous friends to join them for their "Tribute to Fallen Heroes" show in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20.

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How Black Sabbath Survived the ’80s

The '80s started off promisingly enough for Black Sabbath, but then they suffered through a merry-go-round of lineup changes.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Tony Iommi Won’t Rule Out Future Black Sabbath Performances

Tony Iommi can see Black Sabbath continuing beyond their "final show."

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Twisted Sister Play Last-Ever Concert, Black Sabbath End Final U.S. Tour

Twisted Sister said farewell Nov. 12 with a performance billed as their last-ever show — the same night Black Sabbath played the last U.S. date on their own farewell tour.

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Warner Bros.

35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release Their Second Album With Ronnie James Dio, ‘Mob Rules’

Fan excitement was high, and understandably so, when Black Sabbath unveiled their 10th album, and second fronted by erstwhile Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, Mob Rules on Nov. 4, 1981.

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Thomas Lohnes, Getty Images

Tony Iommi on Black Sabbath’s Final Shows, His Cancer Battle and Future Plans: Exclusive Interview

With Black Sabbath's last shows fast approaching, Tony Iommi looks back on their farewell tour and forward to the future.

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