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Black Sabbath

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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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  • HistoryOvHell

    http://www.last.fm/group/Metal+elite join

    2 hours ago Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Iommi é meu pastor e nada me faltará

    Yesterday 2:38am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    "also, every other vocalist other than ozzy sucks, cheesy power metal fucktards should be singer of judas priest but not black sabbath" 100% agree

    Yesterday 10:10pm Reply
  • Gaginski

    @waarsnico, she sucks pretty good, I confirm it

    Yesterday 8:35pm Reply
  • waarsnico

    @Trveheimer... just like your mom...

    Yesterday 9:50am Reply
  • ColonyofMetal

    ..vDude you're more cooked than my mothers Sunday roast!

    23 May 12:49pm Reply
  • Trveheimer

    overkill sucks.

    22 May 6:32pm Reply
  • Trveheimer

    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.

    22 May 6:24pm Reply
  • ColonyofMetal

    Fluff - T. Iommi

    22 May 3:59pm Reply
  • LEX_GOODOK

    Первая металл-группа, пока что не превзойдённая никем из последователей. Лучшие в том, что они создали.

    20 May 10:20pm Reply
  • zharikoff_19

    Великая группа!

    20 May 4:43pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Paranoid + Heaven and Hell = Iommi

    19 May 10:48pm Reply
  • andre9210

    Iommi > God [3]

    19 May 3:10pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Iommi > God. [2]

    17 May 6:10pm Reply
  • podgethebastard

    One of my favourite memories as a kid was sitting in the front seat of my dads car listening to never say die on cassette the cover is still one of my favourite album covers and the album is up there! Sabbath number fucking one original metal

    17 May 3:35pm Reply
  • mimihon

    To not love Sabbath is to not love music +100500

    17 May 11:07am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Iommi > God.

    16 May 10:54am Reply
  • sewertroll

    Geezer = God

    15 May 9:56pm Reply
  • CowboyFunk

    Iommi = God. [2]

    13 May 2:48am Reply
  • misantropia013

    planet caravan ♡

    10 May 6:45pm Reply
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