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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.

Joey Kramer vs. Bill Ward: March Drum Madness

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Christopher Polk / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Two drummers from influential bands that came of age in the '70s and still carry on today face off in the second round of March Drum Madness.

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Black Sabbath Announce ‘Farewell Concert’

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Black Sabbath are calling their Nov. 22 performance at Ozzfest their "farewell."

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Phil Collins Vs. Bill Ward: March Drum Madness

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Francis Tsang / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

In 1970, Phil Collins and Bill Ward were at the beginning of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame careers, but they took far different paths to get there.

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Watch Kids Rock to Black Sabbath’s ‘The Wizard’

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Loudwire

People have been tripping out over Black Sabbath's crushing riffs and trippy lyrics for decades, but most of them have been nowhere near as adorable as this.

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45 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Debut Gives Birth To Heavy Metal

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Warner Bros.

It took just one album for Black Sabbath to earn their enduring status as fathers of heavy metal.

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21 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Cross Purposes’

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Black Sabbath endured yet another round of lineup changes to make the underrated album 'Cross Purposes.'

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Arrested in Bar Brawl

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Inyo County Sheriff's Department

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has been arrested following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, Calif.

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Exclusive – Kiss Roadies Share Memories of the Band’s Early Shows With Rush and Black Sabbath

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The four guys who made up the original 'Kiss Krew' share their stories about working for the band during its rise to fame in their new book, 'Out on the Streets.'

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32 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s ‘Live Evil’ Marks the End of the Dio Era

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Warner Bros.

By all rights, the release of Black Sabbath's first official live album, 'Live Evil,' should have been the cause of great celebration.

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Watch the Black Sabbath Fast-Food Parody Band Mac Sabbath

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Facebook

What's more metal than obesity, high cholesterol and hardened arteries?

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