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 Reveals Why Black Sabbath Turned Down Power Trip Offer
Festival's lineup could have featured one more legendary act.
Why Black Sabbath Nearly Discarded Their Classic Song 'Paranoid'
Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler initially refused to try out Tony Iommi’s "filler" idea.
Why Black Sabbath Decided Not to Record a Blues Album
Geezer Butler also discusses unreleased music and time spent with Eddie Van Halen and Jack Bruce.
Why Geezer Butler No Longer Talks to Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath bassist also recalls the band classic that came out of a 45-minute jam session.
Geezer Butler Respected Bill Ward's Refusal of Part-Time Offer
Bassist admits he'd have given the same answer when Black Sabbath asked drummer to play three songs per night on final tour.
Rick Wakeman Struggles to Recall Comatose Black Sabbath Session
Keyboardist wasn’t able to help his son learn 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' parts for Ozzy Osbourne tour.
Tony Iommi Explains Why Black Sabbath Ballet Will Work
Guitarist says most people miss the detail in band's music that new dance production gets right.
Geezer Butler Explains Why Black Sabbath 'Lost the Plot'
Bassist says Ozzy Osbourne was right about mid-‘70s direction, while he and Tony Iommi were wrong.
Black Sabbath Announces 'Live Evil' 40th-Anniversary Reissue
Hear a remixed version of "The Mob Rules" now.