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.
Ozzy Osbourne's Reunion With Tony Iommi Came Together in Six Days
Black Sabbath singer had initially abandoned plans to perform over health issues.
Watch Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi Reunite to Perform 'Paranoid'
Surprise appearance at the Commonwealth Games was Osbourne's first performance since 2019.
Dio's 'Holy Diver' Was Meant to Be a Black Sabbath Song
Wendy Dio and Vinny Appice discuss roots of band's debut single.
Ozzy Wishes New Solo Album Songs Had Been There for Black Sabbath
He compares 13th solo album to iconic band's final release, '13.'
When Geezer Butler Got Fired for Drinking on the Job
Future Black Sabbath bassist needed alcohol to relieve the monotony when he was 15.
Why Black Sabbath's 'Never Say Die!' Was Doomed to Fail
The irony of the title was not lost on the band.
Geezer Butler Says Rick Rubin's Studio Approach Was 'Ridiculous'
Bassist still bemused over collaboration on Black Sabbath's final album.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Leaving Los Angeles Over Tax Rate
They'll reportedly move back to the U.K.
Why Black Sabbath's 'Forbidden' Went So Badly Wrong
Singer Tony Martin recalls "bad feeling" around album and says he doesn't see reunion with Tony Iommi.
Bill Ward’s Biggest Black Sabbath Regret
Drummer looks back on his career with "attitude of gratitude."