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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.

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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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I.R.S.

20 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Hit Rock Bottom With ‘Forbidden’

Black Sabbath’s storied career reached its creative and commercial nadir in June of 1995 with the release of the group’s universally panned 18th album, Forbidden.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward Won’t Reunite With Black Sabbath Until Dispute With Ozzy Osbourne Is Resolved

Bill Ward said he won't reunite with Black Sabbath until his dispute with Ozzy Osbourne is resolved.

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Black Sabbath Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Black Sabbath Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

A countdown of all of Black Sabbath's studio LPs.

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Clash of the Titans: Fourth Anniversary Edition

For some of us, it simply isn't a party until a screaming argument erupts, so we're celebrating our fourth birthday with an epic Clash of the Titans that puts four classic albums.

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