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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

    Vol4 is great!

    Yesterday 12:22am Reply
  • Pollepard

    Master of Reality & Heaven and Hell, for sure!

    22 Dec 8:32pm Reply
  • SergeyBolnoy

    Здрасьтите! А? Таки вышел первый альбом нашей новой с Виктором Э. группы. Альбом называется Шаткий Мост Над Бесконечной Пропастью. Пожалуйста. А тута опрос.

    18 Dec 12:46pm Reply
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  • kayto1996

    yeah i know where that is coming from :)....actually heavy metal term was coined from a sounds writer describing the sound of led zeppelin....he said there sound was like a ton of metal falling on you from the skies

    14 Dec 8:58pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Priest is definitely one of the innovators of the sound, too. Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, AC/DC and probably a bunch of other groups I'm forgetting all paved the way for the metal artists of today. Now you're making me want to listen to some Judas Priest...

    14 Dec 7:44pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    mmmmm i would say judas priest influenced metal more than early the metal sound tends to be more in line with the modern bands of today

    14 Dec 6:13pm Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Heaven and Hell <3

    14 Dec 2:14pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @necro_daemon I'd say most Sabbath is more an influence on the doom metal genre than proper doom metal. It gets a little iffy, I suppose, because the early records (in particular Master of Reality) are the most influential on doom but the band made music concurrent with early doom bands in the 80s like Pentagram and St. Vitus. Anyway, whether you call them doom metal, heavy metal or just metal, almost no metal would exist today without Sabbath.

    13 Dec 11:46pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Iommi: Master of the Riffs.

    13 Dec 12:13pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    where is doom metal, blues tags ?

    12 Dec 9:55pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    pfft tumbleweed :)

    11 Dec 12:43am Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "so I'm happy to own and listen to all eras of Black Sabbath" Same here, love the diversity in material, different era's. Keeps a band fresh during that a long career I suppose...

    7 Dec 3:51pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    the dvd's exist and the reason they have been able to say about the record companies involvement in the name ,is because of contractual changes releasing them from prior agreements.the dvd that comes to the last supper's title escapes me at the mo' coz my son borrowed it.....but i have watched a number of are you saying that wiki is factually incorrect ? or in a conspiracy with me to prove you wrong ?..finally taking that popularity is not how to value music,number of times you listen to bands do you gauge how good a band is ?

    6 Dec 8:37pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    O.k. firstly ...trolls have accounts that have little to no scrobbles and no friends....sound familiar ? secondly your scrobble account would go some way to credit your opinion..showing that you do actually listen to the incarnations of sabbath you hold so dear ,for all we know you never listen to Sabbath and just like to bait people.Yes i have a stereo system and you can actually scrobble using cogscrobbler ,i also have a sonos system that i mainly listen to . In the past ,you have trolled me etc so it has nothing to do with discrediting you.The intelligence part is based on your comments suggesting that metalheads are all the same.... liking only ozzy and would not be bothered to find the other bands.....all fans compare and will have tried the others,abandoning them because there not what they like.....that's popularity..and one of the ways music is valued ,its also why record companies see the Sabbath name as product

    6 Dec 8:29pm Reply
  • venusian_sea

    it has nothing to with intelligence, most people just don't know about post-ozzy sabbath simply because it's not very well known and it wasn't very successful mostly, so people mainly care about the popular stuff as usual. i don't have those sabbath dvds but I highly doubt the band would claim to have been forced to keep their name by the record label because the label wouldn't want such claims officially on a dvd. where can i read that interview? sorry wikipedia is no credible source as anyone should know

    6 Dec 9:56am Reply
  • venusian_sea

    see now because you're desperate you start with ad hominems to discredit me, nice try but it's pretty obvious.. what do scrobbles matter? how do they "reinforce" my opinion on anything? it's completely irrelevant to this debate what I listen to or how much I've listened to anything. and maybe you didn't think about it but some people actually don't listen to music on a computer but instead on a good old stereo system which does not scrobble.. i also don't see what makes me a troll, but I guess that's another one of your strategies to discredit people, just label them trolls and be done with it..

    6 Dec 9:51am Reply
  • kayto1996

    sources of opinion........several interviews on Sabbath dvd's......bill ward leaving the band whilst on the heaven and hell tour and subsequent interviews given (he was really upset in the way ozzy was dismissed) he also complained that dio changed the song structures...pls read the wikipedia page on Sabbath.......being a long term fan the press releases that i've read over many years that helped reinforce my got any ?

    5 Dec 8:55pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    or is it were too dumb to know what good music is ?

    5 Dec 8:46pm Reply
  • kayto1996

    @venusian......your showing constraint by now you would have been insulting me by now......appears you may have learnt that once you start swearing /personal insults you've lost your maybe you are learning something from me :) it would help if you had a real account rather than the troll account your presenting on this page ...we can't see your scrobbles etc to strenghten your position.i don't need to hide in that way, so you can see what musical trends i have ,which will confirm my opinions stated here about Sabbath.Its funny coz misterjunoir actually has scrobbles showing his trend...and yes none are literally accurate but they show the trend for yourself nothing to show and yet you talk so authoratively about what the average fan knows.......few of the metalheads you describe would even bother to have last fm's obvious the reason that post ozzy bands are ignored because we aren't intelligent enough to know of there existence

    5 Dec 8:45pm Reply
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