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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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  • henriiquecrvg

    Mas essa é a melhor banda de heavy metal da história, não tem jeito!

    29 Jul 6:10am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage are the ones that have their hooks in me lately. I know a lot of people prefer the dirtier, heavier sound of the first four albums, but those two have almost an Art Rock/Prog Rock element to them that I really like. Both albums have cool cover art, too!

    27 Jul 10:47pm Reply
  • OzzyMozzys

    Hello, i'm FimOZZYs

    24 Jul 11:42pm Reply
  • Redneck_KNS

    Songz like "Black sabbath", "Solitude" and "Children of the grave" are the reason why I love this band!

    21 Jul 8:53pm Reply
  • impronen

    Oh dear. Geezers bass lines and the sound he has on the bass on the first albums. Heaven. Iommi is divine but Geezer and Ward are just as vital to the loose, heavy and groovy sound they had at that time. Insanely good music. Wondrous.

    21 Jul 7:38pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    The song " Black Sabbath " looks like it was recorded in hell.

    20 Jul 9:29pm Reply
  • Satan1st

    GODS.

    18 Jul 5:20am Reply
  • neodude991

    Happy Birthday Geezer!

    17 Jul 3:36pm Reply
  • heavymetal202

    love the legends! \\m/

    15 Jul 10:21am Reply
  • WitchfynderBlue

    Master of Reality make my ears ask for more.

    13 Jul 6:10pm Reply
  • IntoTheOrchard

    Now the first time that I met yah I was lookin' in the sky, when the sun turned all a blur and the thunderclouds rolled by; the sea began to shiver & the wind began to moan it must have been a sign for me to leave you well alone... I was born without you baby but my feelings were a little bit too strong

    12 Jul 11:43pm Reply
  • caduds

    Best band ever, hands down.

    10 Jul 3:33pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    "sexist lowlife creature." 10/10. You have also just committed the deadly sin of taking something too seriously

    7 Jul 2:02pm Reply
  • Trveheimer

    "Greatest band of all time. I'd let Iommi bang my wife any day. " => fo real, I hope for her that u don't have a wife. apart from that being the creepiest way to give probs to a musician, it's also extremely revealing. sexist lowlife creature.

    5 Jul 8:23pm Reply
  • mrazzek

    is god dead? !!

    4 Jul 1:59pm Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Gods

    4 Jul 6:19am Reply
  • wholelottay

    Sabbra Cadabra <3

    3 Jul 4:38pm Reply
  • 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
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