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.
Black Sabbath’s Favorite Studio Retreat on Sale for $2.4 Million
Ozzy Osbourne drew pentagrams on the walls while Bill Ward helped wash dishes in residential manor that’s hosted Jimmy Page, Oasis and others.
First Manager Says Black Sabbath Would Sneer at Shy Ozzy Osbourne
Back then, Jim Simpson said the future metal icon was "never very confident in what he could do."
How Black Sabbath Went Deeper With ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’
This became their fifth and final universally adored masterpiece, but it wasn't easy.
Ozzy Blasts Geezer Butler for Not Reaching Out, Butler Responds
'We all grew up together, and he can’t pick up the f--king phone like a man and see how I’m doing.'
Why Rob Halford Fronted Black Sabbath for Two Shows
They were set to open a pair of 1992 concerts in Costa Mesa, California.
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.