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.
45 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fades Out With 'Never Say Die!'
Despite its defiant title, the album hammered a final nail in the original group's coffin.
Geezer Butler Recalls Sabbath’s 'Notorious Gangster' Manager
Bassist reveals how Don Arden originally tried to rip off Black Sabbath.
What Geezer Butler Would Change About Black Sabbath's History
There's just one thing the bassist would do over.
Geezer Butler Open to One-Off Black Sabbath Reunion
Bassist is leaving the door open but cautions that a tour is out of the question.
40 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Releases Only Album With Ian Gillan
There was reason for excitement, given the band's resurrection behind Ozzy Osbourne's first replacement.
Tony Iommi Reveals Why Black Sabbath Turned Down Power Trip Offer
Festival's lineup could have featured one more legendary act.
Why Black Sabbath Nearly Discarded Their Classic Song 'Paranoid'
Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler initially refused to try out Tony Iommi’s "filler" idea.
Why Black Sabbath Decided Not to Record a Blues Album
Geezer Butler also discusses unreleased music and time spent with Eddie Van Halen and Jack Bruce.
Why Geezer Butler No Longer Talks to Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath bassist also recalls the band classic that came out of a 45-minute jam session.