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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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  • Slim_rafa

    zika

    29 Jun 8:21pm Reply
  • Mystificati0n

    http://www.last.fm/group/Severed+Survival join

    29 Jun 8:05pm Reply
  • plunk_green89

    Symptom of the Universe what a great song

    28 Jun 4:21pm Reply
  • cezary68

    A MOŻE JEDNAK WARTO NAUCZYC no wiecie co wytykaja mi bledy ale jek chce pisac poprawnie to mnie blokuja

    26 Jun 9:09pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Greatest band of all time. I'd let Iommi bang my wife any day.

    26 Jun 3:46am Reply
  • onlycharles

    "13" it's amazing. I cannot stop to listen xD GOD IS DEAD ?

    25 Jun 7:25pm Reply
  • LoopZoop

    proto doom

    25 Jun 2:45pm Reply
  • crimson_caravan

    dark_wisdom, yeah Iron Maiden are old, but they still can kick your ass even while taking their afternoon geezer sleeps so mind your manners, mate

    23 Jun 9:47pm Reply
  • crimson_caravan

    funny since they are both really good albums ;) I guess picking up your favorite among their first 6 albums is like picking your own favorite child. At least for me, though

    23 Jun 9:44pm Reply
  • ReachDown

    "half the songs of sabotage are real" funny, since it's a way better album than V.4

    23 Jun 2:40pm Reply
  • cezary68

    mrrauu :)

    23 Jun 8:41am Reply
  • GeorgiaRodr

    Lyrics make me happy

    16 Jun 5:47am Reply
  • AubreyyHolt

    Trveheimer rocks!

    16 Jun 4:07am Reply
  • TheLTK

    Cara, como uma banda consegue ser tão foda?

    15 Jun 10:47pm Reply
  • pedrooleander

    Every sabbath fan should listen to Sabotage on vinyl at least once,the album sounds even more powerful!! It feels like getting slapped in the face by Ozzy's voice and Iommi's guitar.

    15 Jun 9:30pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Trveheimer is my hero.

    9 Jun 9:05pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    overkill sucks. [2]

    9 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    if a band is extremely popular, the shoutbox will be filled with shit. so, here's another load: "nothing heavier than black sabbath" => yes, if you only listen to metallica, then maybe.. also, every other vocalist other than ozzy sucks, cheesy power metal fucktards should be singer of judas priest but not black sabbath.. also, it's not heavy metal, because they sound angry, not like old men. go get some 80$ LP of iron maiden (old men) or motörhead (OLD MEN) if you think so. don't like ozzys solo work btw, sabbath reunion sucks as well (OLD as fuck!). only black sabbath, paranoid, master of reality, volume 4 and half the songs of sabotage are real. rainbow if music for grannies. [2]

    9 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • bluesicanuse

    \\m/

    5 Jun 6:29pm Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    melhor banda da vida

    5 Jun 2:34am Reply
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