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.
Tony Iommi Recalls Black Sabbath’s ‘Dying Cat’ Studio Session
They brought violin and cello to record track for ‘Vol. 4’ then realized there was more to it.
Why Black Sabbath's Dio Era Forced Tony Iommi to 'Work Harder'
Guitarist delves deeply into a four-album collaboration that challenged and excited the band.
Black Sabbath Announce Reissues of Classic Dio-Fronted Albums
Remastered versions of 'Heaven and Hell' and 'Mob Rules' will be released with extensive bonus material.
Tony Iommi Recalls Black Sabbath’s Spooky ‘Fifth Member’
Guitarist says the band was accompanied by “over-self” and cites “loneliness” as one reason for breakup.
Black Sabbath Announce Expanded Reissue of 'Vol. 4'
Set includes 20 previously unreleased studio and live recordings.
Watch Clutch Cover Black Sabbath’s ‘Lord of This World’
Stoner rock band pays tribute to the album credited with starting the genre ahead of Save Our Stages fundraising show.
Why Geezer Butler Will Never Release His Jazz Songs
Black Sabbath bassist admits he’s not sure how to play one of his own compositions.
'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.