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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.

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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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Bill Ward Says Ozzy Osbourne’s Fans ‘F—ing Hate Me’

For all the public squabbling between Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward over the past few years, the former Black Sabbath drummer maintains that he holds no grudges toward anybody.

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Bill Ward Reveals the Black Sabbath Song He Turned to During His Recovery From Surgery

Even if he's on the outs with his Black Sabbath bandmates, that doesn't mean Bill Ward can't draw comfort from the classic music they recorded together.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne Says Black Sabbath Will Return in 2016

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that Black Sabbath will record a new album in 2016, with a series of farewell dates to follow.

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Rhino

Six Years Ago: Black Sabbath Veterans Heaven and Hell Release ‘The Devil You Know’

When Black Sabbath veterans Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice — collectively known as Heaven & Hell — released The Devil You Know on April 28, 2009, no one could have guessed that t

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CBS Records

36 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fires Ozzy Osbourne

On April 27, 1979, the other members of Black Sabbath decided that they’d finally had enough of lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and his out-of-control behavior and showed him the door.

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Warner Bros.

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

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

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I.R.S.

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

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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