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' Cover Model Gets Funko Pop! Figure
The black-robed woman now has her own collectible as part of a line devoted to classic LP covers.
Street Fight Could Have Stopped Sabbath From Making ‘Paranoid'
Tony Iommi still doesn’t know how they escaped from “vicious” mob three days before recording sessions began.
Tony Iommi’s Struggle with ‘Horrible’ ‘Paranoid’ Solo
Black Sabbath guitarist hated the sound used on breakthrough single.
Ozzy Osbourne No Longer Wants Another Black Sabbath Show
Frontman says band is “done” and work on new solo album remains on hold due to producer’s COVID-19.
Black Sabbath Announce 'Paranoid' 50th-Anniversary Box Set
Collection includes original LP, memorabilia and two 1970 concert performances pressed on vinyl for the first time.
COVID-19 Update: Black Sabbath's Iommi to Hold Charity Auction
More coronavirus-related news, as Tony Iommi plans a charity auction, John Fogerty performs “Down on the Corner” from home, Deep Purple delay their new album and more.
Tony Iommi on Letting Ozzy Osbourne Join His Band: ‘Forget It!’
Black Sabbath guitarist recalls being certain future frontman couldn’t sing.