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

35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Are Reborn With ‘Heaven and Hell’

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Warner Bros.

Black Sabbath transitioned from Ozzy Osbourne to Ronnie James Dio with 'Heaven and Hell' on April 25, 1980.

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26 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Begin a Downward Spiral With ‘Headless Cross’

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I.R.S.

The release of Black Sabbath’s Headless Cross should have been a cause for celebration of the fact that it coincided with their 20th anniversary.

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Bill Ward Talks New Solo Albums, Admits ‘Grieving the Loss’ of His Friendship With Ozzy

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Whatever the final outcome of Bill Ward's sad public feud with his Black Sabbath bandmates, the veteran drummer definitely isn't wasting his time away from the group.

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You Think You Know Black Sabbath?

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There have definitely been a few times when we've learned a little more about the inner workings of Black Sabbath than we might have wanted to know.

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Bill Ward Doesn’t Know If He’s Still in Black Sabbath

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MJ Kim, Getty Images

Bill Ward says he's not sure if he's still a member of Black Sabbath, though he notes that he's "neither severed not discontinued my relationship" with the group.

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35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Launch First Tour With Ronnie James Dio

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Fin-Costello,-Getty-Images

Heavy metal overlords Black Sabbath began the second chapter of their storied career in on April 17, 1980, in Aurich, Germany, when they hit the stage for their first show with Ozzy Osbourne’s replacement, Ronnie James Dio.

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Bill Ward Blasts Black Sabbath: ‘I’ve Listened to Nothing but Insults and False Remarks’

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Exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has lashed out at his former bandmates for attacking him with "nothing but insults and false remarks" since his contentious separation from the group back in 2012.

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Black Sabbath Cancel Their ‘Farewell’ Show

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

It looks like Black Sabbath's "farewell" to Japan will have to wait.

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Roger Taylor vs. Bill Ward: March Drum Madness

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Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Roger Taylor and Bill Ward have pounded their opponents during the opening rounds of our March Drum Madness competition, but now they face their toughest battle — each other.

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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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