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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 taking over for Osbourne) somewhat softened their bite, but there’s no getting around the sheer force that drives the group’s classic records.

Black Sabbath’s ‘Lady Evil’ Vs. Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ – Clash of the Titans

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Black Sabbath has had plenty of lineup changes, but no matter who's in the band, woman troubles have remained a constant source of creative inspiration.

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Judas Priest vs. Black Sabbath – Clash of the Titans

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A pair of similarly titled songs by Judas Priest and Black Sabbath square off in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Glued To World Cup

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

The bass-playing legend is booking pubs and hotel lounges throughout Europe in order to watch.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s Future: ‘If It’s Goodbye, We’re Ending It On a High Note’

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi hinted that the group's July show in London could be their last concert. Now, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has offered his take on the matter.

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Geezer Butler Says Black Sabbath Is Halfway Toward Next Album

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

The bassist adds, however, that any follow up to '13' wouldn't be about the money.

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Are Black Sabbath About to Play Their Last Show?

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

The upcoming Hyde Park concert by Black Sabbath could be their last according to guitarist Tony Iommi.

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne and Slash Perform Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’

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Ozzy Osbourne celebrated his hard-fought sobriety on May 12, appearing as a guest of honor at the 10th annual MusiCares benefit and performing a five-song set that included a guest appearance from fellow rock legend Slash.

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Black Sabbath Vs. Heaven & Hell – Clash of the Titans

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Black Sabbath's 'God is Dead?' faces off against Heaven & Hell's 'The Bible Black' in this week's Clash of the Titans

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Five Years Ago: Black Sabbath Veterans Heaven & Hell Release ‘The Devil You Know’

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When Black Sabbath veterans Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice — collectively known as Heaven & Hell — released ‘The Devil You Know’ on April 28, 2009, no one could have guessed t

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35 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Fired From Black Sabbath

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On April 27, 1979, Black Sabbath fired original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne.

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