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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.

Ozzy Osbourne Talks About His ‘Divorce’ from Black Sabbath

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Osbourne recalls the pain he felt when he was fired from Black Sabbath.

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Ozzy Osbourne Is Open to Black Sabbath Reunion With Bill Ward

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

As Black Sabbath start work on a new record, Ozzy Osbourne says he'd consider a reunion with the band's original drummer -- but only on one condition.

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Watch the Foo Fighters Cover Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’

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The Foo Fighters started their weeklong 'Late Show With David Letterman' residency in style last night, calling on country star Zac Brown to help them run through a raging rendition of Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs.'

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Vince Neil, Dave Mustaine Lead Black Sabbath Tribute Album

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Terry Wyatt / Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

A new three-disc tribute album takes a fresh approach to honoring Black Sabbath.

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Black Sabbath Planning Final Album and World Tour

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The band members publicly wondered whether they were finished for good after 2013's '13' album, but Black Sabbath will reconvene one last time for a final studio album and world tour.

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You Think You Know Black Sabbath?

Think You Know Sabbath

After the wall-to-wall coverage of Black Sabbath's 2013 comeback with Ozzy Osbourne, you might think you're all caught up on these legends.

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Black Sabbath’s ‘Lady Evil’ Vs. Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ – Clash of the Titans

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Black Sabbath has had plenty of lineup changes, but no matter who's in the band, woman troubles have remained a constant source of creative inspiration.

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Judas Priest vs. Black Sabbath – Clash of the Titans

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A pair of similarly titled songs by Judas Priest and Black Sabbath square off in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Glued To World Cup

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

The bass-playing legend is booking pubs and hotel lounges throughout Europe in order to watch.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s Future: ‘If It’s Goodbye, We’re Ending It On a High Note’

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi hinted that the group's July show in London could be their last concert. Now, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has offered his take on the matter.

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