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Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom (1968 – present)

Black Sabbath is an English band that formed in 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early , they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain, and abominations of war, thus giving birth to generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. Their name itself taken from a notorious horror film, they are often credited with creating the genre as well as the subgenre.

Black Sabbath was formed in Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II, under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to “Polka Tulk”), later Earth. Initially a rockin’ band, Earth moved in a darker direction when the group, especially bassist Geezer Butler, being fans of the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley, tried to make music to have the same effect as a horror movie or novel. Ozzy Osbourne wrote the lyrics to the second song they wrote together, “Black Sabbath” (the song name was inspired by a 1963 Mario Bava film), and Tony Iommi wrote a riff based on the tritone, sometimes called “Diabolus en Musica” (“the Devil in Music”).

Later in their careers, Geezer Butler would write most of the lyrics to Black Sabbath songs, taking direct inspiration from Ozzy’s instrumental ideas. In their Last Supper concert film, the band stated that the song is based on an experience Geezer had one night when he saw a black object at the end of his bed and noticed the next day that an occult book Ozzy had given him was missing.

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  • flaviovigatto

    Black Sabbath >>>> All

    Yesterday 4:34pm Reply
  • Elaneandrade

    <3

    Yesterday 3:11pm Reply
  • Haddonfield69

    Classic review at http://www.therealmusic.net/black-sabbath-paranoid/

    27 Aug 12:31pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Black Sabbath

    23 Aug 9:13am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Heaven And Hell!!

    22 Aug 11:50am Reply
  • Vlad80RU

    Black Sabbath, - хорошо спланированная международная рок группа. И не смотря на изменения состава, это не повлияло на творчество. Группа как делала качественный heavy metal, так и продолжает его делать.

    22 Aug 9:43am Reply
  • Lajon_

    I'd like to be someone's Lucifer

    22 Aug 6:04am Reply
  • mugiwara95

    Look into my eyes, you will see who I am. My name is Lucifer, please take my hand

    20 Aug 6:31pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Sabbath Forever.

    19 Aug 4:17pm Reply
  • RachelCarrie

    Who Are You? ♥

    18 Aug 7:06pm Reply
  • Ozmogorden

    One of the best bands ever.

    16 Aug 10:39am Reply
  • Nekro__b

    без Оззи группа являла собой жалкий закос под Led Zeppelin,а потом совсем скатилась

    16 Aug 5:00am Reply
  • kayto1996

    true........why, i like trolling the trolls on the opeth page......they are so butthurt over mikael changing styles.....jus because you spend a little money on the bands product does not entitle you to influencing the music,or anything else related .why do we want to own a band ....and keep them for ourselves....

    15 Aug 5:00pm Reply
  • Lenblam

    i agree kayto1996, why all the hate and negativity towards people just liking music? Why do people feel to "teach" people how to listen to music. Why is it that if you listen to cheesy pop u have crap taste and u listen to decent music you are a hipster trying to impress whoever. I think arguing over band era's is not really worth it. It's already great if people listen to some Sabbath. Why still being negative about it by questioning their reasons for it. Just enjoy music. Everybody has a different taste, it's not bad, nor good. It just personal.

    15 Aug 2:13am Reply
  • kayto1996

    yes i was.......but that doesnt entitle me to believe that any fan from 2000 onwards is just a hipster.....discovering bands is what it's all about..........there will be people who would brand you a hipster/fanboy jus because you like all the sabbath incarnations...and that would probably be based on the fact that they're so differing ........ you have to remember in the early days sabbath where pretty much hated by the media......so was zeppelin .....now they're accepted for what they are.....the most popular of heavy music.....and if that attracts new fans then that's a good thing...for them and us

    14 Aug 5:30am Reply
  • Angry007Jew

    ok!!, if you was a kid or teen in the seventies, your point is right. I'm talk about the crap around Black Sabbath since the mid 2000's till today.

    14 Aug 5:14am Reply
  • kayto1996

    correction....you do have prior tech ect plays......

    13 Aug 7:55am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Paranoid!

    13 Aug 6:45am Reply
  • kayto1996

    mmmm well i can't say about the trends of last fm as i don't have a long history with this station. i can only speak for what i grew up with here in england and most sabbath fans wanted a name change when dio joined and the band would have gone the way of tony martin era .....had the music not been so good.......trouble with martin era was it was so much of a change in direction for sabbath.... your scrobbles don't show and plays of albums before Technical ecstacy......

    12 Aug 6:08pm Reply
  • Angry007Jew

    @kayto1996, Interesting point of view, but I'm not into Sabbath only for Metal, I'm into every phase of the band. My argue is about the trends, not the honest taste. Isn't a Ozzy-Era "privilege", remember when The Dio Years was released and the subsequent formation of "Heaven & Hell", EVERYONE was a fan of Ronnie days, even the Last.Fm page of Sabbath had a "Dio-era" primary picture

    12 Aug 2:28am Reply
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