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.
Billy Corgan on Black Sabbath: 'This Is What God Sounds Like'
Smashing Pumpkins frontman recalls the eye-opening experience of listening to metal pioneers for the first time.
How Black Sabbath Completed 'The Eternal Idol' Amid Total Chaos
Unlucky 13th album found Tony Iommi working with multiple producers, bassists and frontmen.
Metal Supergroup Covers Black Sabbath at Taylor Hawkins Tribute
Sebastian Bach, Geezer Butler and Lars Ulrich tore through "Supernaut" and "Paranoid."
Watch Tony Iommi Discover What ‘Degradation Rules’ is About
Black Sabbath guitarist hadn’t realized Ozzy Osbourne was singing about masturbation on collaborative track from ‘Patient Number 9.’
Why Ozzy Osbourne Never Felt 'Important' in Black Sabbath
Singer also discusses his disappointment with reunion experiences.
Ozzy Osbourne Says '13' 'Wasn’t Really a Black Sabbath Album'
Legendary singer further admitted he "didn’t really get a charge" from the band's 2013 album.
When Ronnie James Dio Played His Original Last Black Sabbath Show
Singer parted ways with godfathers of metal after 'Mob Rules' tour ended in 1982.
Ozzy Osbourne Prayed ‘Don’t Let Me Wake Up’ Amid Chronic Pain
Black Sabbath icon hints at new album with Tony Iommi.
Geezer Butler Accident Prevented Black Sabbath Reunion at Games
Tony Iommi reveals he takes extra care on stairs after series of falls by friends.