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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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  • ColonyofMetal

    Thanks Dads

    6 hours ago Reply
  • Depi80s

    http://www.last.fm/group/Eddie+the+Head

    22 Oct 3:54pm Reply
  • ReNio316

    Fathers of Metal

    22 Oct 2:47pm Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    our fathers...thanks

    18 Oct 11:36am Reply
  • JoeyThrasher

    1. Ozzy, 2. Martin, 3. Dio, 4. Gillan, 5. Hughes

    14 Oct 6:43pm Reply
  • KJHKB

    Yeah, that's weird

    14 Oct 12:01pm Reply
  • DesunotoK

    I have only listened to ozzy albums properly.For some reason I don't feel like listening to the dio albums... I like dio's other bands though,it's weird,isn't it ?

    10 Oct 4:34pm Reply
  • VerbalImaginary

    I feel like the Dio stuff still doesn't get enough credit. It's my personal favorite era of Sabbath, but that doesn't necessarily apply to everyone. I just wish people would look past the Ozzy stuff a bit more.

    8 Oct 5:27pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Black Sabbath

    5 Oct 6:07pm Reply
  • MarioSila

    BLACK SABBATH uno de grupos mas cañeros de los setenta como una de mis amigas de lasffm, y aun que tienen baladas sus letras son un poco escalofriantes. jajajajaj

    5 Oct 3:17pm Reply
  • TheGoobs21

    anyone know where I can find an album similar to Master of Reality?

    1 Oct 4:25pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    new album next year and tour!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    29 Sep 9:45pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hello, everyone! listen my new albums and download! atmospheric, experimental metal http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Aki+Kato

    26 Sep 5:39am Reply
  • UnknownFrank

    Much love for the Tony Martin era.

    26 Sep 1:23am Reply
  • ovuervoqavtalmo

    I am Brazilian and i accept any friend request. I'm open to new artists and of various rhythms from all corners of the world. I always want to know more. Anyone with information is only pass that I accept and hear, and if you want, I also have a lot of good Brazilian music to display. Let's listen to music!

    16 Sep 8:30pm Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    I don't think that's a valid argument

    15 Sep 12:09am Reply
  • nathix13

    overrated.

    14 Sep 1:53am Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    С уходом Оззи из группы в 1977 году в творчестве группы закончилась долька раздолбайства, некой иронии, с Дио песни стали более отточенными и зрелыми. Рад, что воссоединились на последнем альбоме, но старине Дио тоже нужно отдать должное, отличнейший вокалист.

    7 Sep 9:46am Reply
  • dva2yxa

    Nekro__b, бля, при чём тут Оззи, когда композитором, генератором риффов и процессором группы являлся Тони

    5 Sep 7:48pm Reply
  • u_hurt_me

    DIE YOUNG SUKA

    5 Sep 6:10pm Reply
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