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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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  • Youko_o

    Today a dude told me that Black Sabbath are black metal.

    11 hours ago Reply
  • HaohmaruRocks

    Bruce Dickinson has cancer

    24 Feb 4:23pm Reply
  • colleenmedley

    Brownout's new album puts a latin-funk twist on classic Black Sabbath songs. Definitely worth checking out!! http://open.spotify.com/album/39Yd8MChzWFupt7pVarMp5

    24 Feb 8:58am Reply
  • my-soundtrack

    <3

    21 Feb 5:17am Reply
  • Djergch

    Happy birthday Tony Iommi God Father of heavy metal \\,,/

    19 Feb 1:12pm Reply
  • Elaneandrade

    ️love ️love ️love

    18 Feb 7:53pm Reply
  • EduSkynyrd

    GOD

    16 Feb 7:45pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    45th birthday of metal. HAIL SABBATH!

    14 Feb 11:31am Reply
  • ccrow1014

    Playing it loud! Happy 45th Anniversary! Probably the best Friday the 13th in music history...."what is this that stands before me....BLACK SABBATH!

    13 Feb 9:32pm Reply
  • thebobx

    45th birthday of metal

    13 Feb 3:57pm Reply
  • octopuss22

    45 years ago on 13th february (again friday!) the music was changed by these 4 young guys. They've created metal and one of the scariest songs ever which happens to be perfect for the usual "horror" atmosphere on 13th of february. Black Sabbath is something which should be loved eternally.

    13 Feb 3:40pm Reply
  • Meirid

    @OldShangTsung: and in 1970 13th february was also friday 13th. Beautiful anniversary for metal as genre.

    13 Feb 2:55pm Reply
  • OldShangTsung

    Today friday 13th & first album 45th Anniversary! Badass!

    13 Feb 10:26am Reply
  • Mugen_92

    the greatest band that ever happend in music history in my opinion

    12 Feb 6:16pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    where is doom metal taaaaaaaag? best band ever ♥

    11 Feb 11:44pm Reply
  • ju4np1

    Though Ozzy might be in the lowest scale of vocal prowess of Sabbath singers, there's something in the way he interpret lyrics that makes him more appealing to me than the rest. Also, I don't see why most BS fans don't like (or care for) Tony Martin, he's great singer just like Dio was.

    9 Feb 10:28pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    The greatest band of all time.

    6 Feb 8:38am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Seventh Star with Glenn is great!

    4 Feb 2:46pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Paranoid!

    2 Feb 9:19am Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Como conseguem ser tão fodas?

    30 Jan 5:21am Reply
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