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.
Bill Ward’s Biggest Black Sabbath Regret
Drummer looks back on his career with "attitude of gratitude."
Black Sabbath Tried to Replace Ronnie James Dio on 'Dehumanizer'
Tony Martin says he was asked to return after being fired when Tony Iommi told him album wasn't "working out."
Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' Success Had a Surprising Side Effect
Tony Iommi quickly threw it together, after being told the band didn’t have enough songs for their second album.
Tony Iommi Shares New Details About 2022's Ozzy Osbourne Team-Up
"It’s horrible, really," former Black Sabbath guitarist quips.
Bill Ward Says Black Sabbath Were So Close They Dreamed the Same
Drummer recalls shared same vision of "specter" that was their "guardian angel."
Listen to New Tony Iommi Track ‘Scent of Dark’
Black Sabbath icon discusses appearance on Ozzy Osbourne’s next album.
Bill Ward Asserts Black Sabbath’s Punk and Prog Credentials
Drummer bases his case on 1976 album ‘Technical Ecstasy’ and reveals the one thing he doesn’t like about it.
Black Sabbath Announce Expanded 'Technical Ecstasy' Box Set
Reissue will include previously unheard demos, alternate takes and live recordings.
When Van Halen ‘Murdered’ Black Sabbath on Tour
Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler recall 1978 road trip in excerpt from Eddie Van Halen book.
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.