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.
Why Ronnie James Dio ‘Shied Away’ from Joining Black Sabbath
Excerpt from late singer’s memoir reveals the reason he decided to replace Ozzy Osbourne.
Black Sabbath ‘Panicked’ When They Heard About Randy Rhoads Crash
Geezer Butler recalls moment the band heard about the tragedy.
How Black Sabbath's Opening 'Bar Band' Turned Out to be Van Halen
Ozzy Osbourne just wanted "a bar band from L.A." to open his band's 1978 'Never Say Die!' tour. He got a whole lot more.
Black Sabbath Announce Expanded 'Sabotage' Reissue
Deluxe edition of band's sixth album gets new remaster and previously unreleased full concert.
What Tony Iommi Learned From ‘Very Different’ Producer Rick Rubin
Black Sabbath guitarist recalls “backwards and forwards” of working on ’13.’
Reissue Roundup: Winter Sets From Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, More
A rundown of new box sets, deluxe editions and archival releases from the past few months.
Bill Ward Doesn’t ‘Have the Chops’ to Perform with Black Sabbath
Drummer closed the door on future concerts, but would still like to record an album with Sabbath's original members.
Tony Iommi 'Not at All Happy' About Leaked Black Sabbath Demo
Guitarist insists the track was never supposed to see the light of day.