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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.

Janette Pellegrini / Ethan Miller / Kris Connor, Getty Images
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
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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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Tony Iommi Won’t Rule Out Future Black Sabbath Performances

Tony Iommi can see Black Sabbath continuing beyond their "final show."

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Twisted Sister Play Last-Ever Concert, Black Sabbath End Final U.S. Tour

Twisted Sister said farewell Nov. 12 with a performance billed as their last-ever show — the same night Black Sabbath played the last U.S. date on their own farewell tour.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release Their Second Album With Ronnie James Dio, ‘Mob Rules’

Fan excitement was high, and understandably so, when Black Sabbath unveiled their 10th album, and second fronted by erstwhile Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, Mob Rules on Nov. 4, 1981.

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Thomas Lohnes, Getty Images

Tony Iommi on Black Sabbath’s Final Shows, His Cancer Battle and Future Plans: Exclusive Interview

With Black Sabbath's last shows fast approaching, Tony Iommi looks back on their farewell tour and forward to the future.

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Vertigo
Vertigo

40 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Try but Fail to Achieve ‘Technical Ecstasy’

Released in 1976, 'Technical Ecstasy' saw Black Sabbath chasing new sounds to stay current.

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Rhino
Rhino

Black Sabbath Announce Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath's most popular and arguably best album is getting expanded just in time for the holidays.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Ozzy Osbourne’s Family Buys Up Entire Auction of Black Sabbath Memorabilia

The items, which date from 1968-73, were set to be auctioned on Sept. 30.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward Blasts Black Sabbath’s ‘Dishonesty and Disloyalty’

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has offered a rebuttal to Ozzy Osbourne's recent professions of sadness regarding Ward's absence from what's being billed as the band's final tour.

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