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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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Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Is Selling Gear From Throughout His Career

A new Reverb.com shop will feature more than 200 historic items used in the studio and on tour.

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I.R.S.

25 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Dehumanizer’

Ronnie James Dio's 1982 exit from Black Sabbath presaged a bumpy period for the group — one they hoped to end by bringing him back into the fold a decade later.

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Black Sabbath’s Final Shows Could Be Collected for a Live Album

It's too late to catch Black Sabbath on tour, but fans who missed the band's final dates can look forward to the possible release of a live LP from their recent farewell to the road.

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Rhino

10 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s ‘Dio Years’ Highlights Ronnie James Dio’s Short but Important Era

The set featured a selection of music from Black Sabbath's four albums with Ronnie James Dio – along with something unexpected: New songs.

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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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Ultimate Classic Rock

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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