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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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward After Listening to a Few Seconds of Black Sabbath’s ’13′ Album: ‘That’s a Pile of S—’

Black Sabbath's 13 was an undeniable commercial success, but exiled drummer Bill Ward still can't bring himself to listen to the whole thing.

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IRS Records

25 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Try to Stay Relevant With ‘Tyr’

Black Sabbath's 15th album, Tyr, was released on Aug. 20, 1990.

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MJ Kim, Getty Images

Bill Ward Is Still Waiting for ‘Signable’ Black Sabbath Contract and Apology From Ozzy Osbourne

If he had his way, exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he'd be back behind the kit for the band when they record what's being billed as their last album and head out on their allegedly final tour.

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Warner Bros.

32 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release Their Only Album With Ian Gillan, ‘Born Again’

In August 1983, Black Sabbath released Born Again, their 11th album and the only one to feature former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan.

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40 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Endure Both Heaven and Hell With ‘Sabotage’

Black Sabbath reached the end of their original classic era on July 29, 1975 with 'Sabotage.'

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Vertigo

Did Black Sabbath Steal the Opening Riff from ‘Paranoid’?

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has come up with a number of truly majestic metal riffs over the years, but it appears that in at least one case, someone else might have gotten there first.

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30 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Reunite, Only Briefly, for Live Aid

Led Zeppelin got all of the attention. But another Live Aid reunion that was nearly as unlikely involved Black Sabbath.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward Says He Volunteered to Fire Ozzy Osbourne From Black Sabbath in 1979

When the members of Black Sabbath decided Ozzy Osbourne needed to go in 1979, drummer Bill Ward volunteered for the difficult task of telling him he was out of a job.

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Michael Buckner / Frazer Harrison / Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Glenn Danzig Pays Tribute to Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and More on New Covers Album

Glenn Danzig fans may find a few surprises on his upcoming covers album.

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Stuart C. Wilson, Getty Images

Geezer Butler Shrugs Off Black Sabbath’s Satanic Image: ‘People Like to Find Negative in Everything’

As anyone who's ever closely listened to Black Sabbath's music knows, there's a wide disconnect between the band's "evil" image and the actual lyrical content of most of their songs.

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