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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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  • theseasonisours

    makes me cry rip dad got me into the best

    20 Jul 12:59am Reply
  • Microtage

    Best band in the world ♥

    19 Jul 7:53pm Reply
  • robsonyoroku

    Happy birthday geezer, long Live to the HANDS OF DOOM!

    17 Jul 10:46pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Лучшие представители хэви метал. На них жанр и закончился, можно сказать. После них, правда, появилось много проблем и много говна в музыке, но это было неизбежно.

    11 Jul 1:07pm Reply
  • NickMontana

    effin' majestic.

    11 Jul 9:33am Reply
  • NOHIDDENPATH

    I've been a fan of Black Sabbath for over 40years...and FINALLY got to see 'em live. awesome to hear war pigs, into the void etc...ozzy such a unique vocalist...tony iommi is the coolest most amazing guitarist, geezer playing brilliant bass and their drummer was fantastic. Black Sabbath are the best rock/metal icons ever. so glad i finally got to see them :)) www.soundcloud.com/dolores-3

    9 Jul 5:12pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Geezer said they have a few left over tracks from the "13" sessions, would love to hear them put out an EP.

    8 Jul 8:19pm Reply
  • Cylob

    Album of the Week Contest is back.

    7 Jul 9:37pm Reply
  • animeshkanaruto

    Самая дебильная в мире группа. Первыми, когда все пели про мир и любовь, они запели про войну и сотону, откуда и появились все эти dead metal, bleck metal, trash metal... А их песня Электрик Умирал - унылейшая песня в мире, повеситься можно.

    7 Jul 7:04am Reply
  • hamitic

    @HKA47 Not a fan of Dio either.

    3 Jul 2:29pm Reply
  • DanStu1990

    This time tomorrow, I will be at Hyde Park waiting for Sabbath w/ Motorhead, Faith No More and Soundgarden. Can't wait

    3 Jul 1:56pm Reply
  • HKA47

    Am I the only person who just can't get into Dio's singing in Sabbath? It's not bad or anything like that, I just can't "get" into it compared to Ozzy and Tony.

    3 Jul 11:19am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Black Sabbath

    3 Jul 10:13am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Best band in the world.

    3 Jul 6:30am Reply
  • Dawid_1995

    https://www.facebook.com/NajlepszeRiffy Zapraszam do polubienia. :)

    30 Jun 9:03am Reply
  • karzex

    Zachęcam do konkursu nagrodą jest ksiązka "Ja Ozzy" https://www.facebook.com/lepszastronadzwieku/posts/571977342914753

    26 Jun 9:24pm Reply
  • ivor138

    only tony martin <3

    19 Jun 7:28am Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    18 Jun 5:04pm Reply
  • rymowanka_

    the best band in the universe!!!!

    15 Jun 7:07pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    Every song still sounds as good as it must've back in the day

    14 Jun 7:41pm Reply
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