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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.

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Vertigo

45 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Set a Metal Template on ‘Master of Reality’

The guidelines for how heavy music would sound were pretty much written on Black Sabbath's third album.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s Early Years: ‘We Were Ripped Off’

Ozzy Osbourne is well aware that Black Sabbath overcame tremendous odds to achieve the level of success they've enjoyed.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Black Sabbath Confirm Last-Ever Show Date + Location

The heavy metal heroes will wind up their career on Feb. 4, 2017 at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward Announces New Post-Black Sabbath Band

Bill Ward is returning to music, but not with Black Sabbath

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How Rick Wakeman’s Son Ended Up Touring With Black Sabbath

For multi-talented Black Sabbath touring member Adam Wakeman, every concert is like living a school kid's dream.

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Black Sabbath Could End Their Farewell Tour With a Homecoming Show in Birmingham

"The End" could bring Black Sabbath full circle, at least according to guitarist Tony Iommi, who has suggested that the band could perform together for the final time in their U.K. hometown of Birmingham.

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Petition Seeks to Change National Anthem to Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’

A recently launched petition urges Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to change the national anthem of the United States to Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."

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Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s Early Struggles: ‘Rejected Again and Again’

Black Sabbath became an early standard bearer for heavy metal with their self-titled 1970 debut, but only after years of curious looks from people who didn't understand their new sounds.

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Black Sabbath Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

Black Sabbath Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

We look at the numerous lineup changes undergone by Black Sabbath.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

Top 10 Tony Iommi Guitar Solos

The best guitar solos from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.

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