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Black Sabbath are the undisputed godfathers of heavy metal. Beginning with their eponymous debut and seminal sophomore LP, ‘Paranoid’ (both released in 1970), the quartet from Birmingham, England, coalesced the scattered contributions of numerous bands (from Blue Cheer to Led Zeppelin) into the powerful, uncompromising and surprisingly malleable style we recognize today. After a succession of influential albums, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward parted ways with singer Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, and, for a brief time, enjoyed nearly as much success with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, at the helm. But the band’s fortunes took a turn for the worse after Dio’s departure, steadily declining into obscurity while Osbourne’s solo career flourished, until a reunion of the original foursome was finally brokered for touring purposes in 1997, and, in 2013, for the recording of Black Sabbath’s latest album, ’13’ (minus Bill Ward). Now, with a career spanning nearly five decades, and through thick and thin, Black Sabbath remain the benchmark by which all heavy metal bands measure themselves.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Tony Iommi Hasn’t Thought About the End of Black Sabbath: ‘I’m as Busy as Ever’

While Black Sabbath have retired, guitarist Tony Iommi feels anything but retired.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward: I Didn’t Want to Be in ‘Elitist Position’ Playing Select Black Sabbath Shows

Bill Ward has fired back at Tony Iommi's latest comments regarding why the drummer was not featured on Black Sabbath's final tour or even certain shows.

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YouTube

Black Sabbath Release New Trailer for ‘The End of The End’ Concert Film

Watch the new 60-second trailer of the group's final show ever.

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Bill Ward and Tony Iommi
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Tony Iommi: It Was ‘Too Risky’ to Have Bill Ward on Black Sabbath Tour

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi sat down to talk about the band's upcoming 'Ten Year War' box set and touched on Bill Ward's absence from the recent tour.

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Ozzfest 2016
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‘Black Sabbath: The End of the End’ Official Concert Film Trailer Released

The trailer for the concert film 'Black Sabbath: The End of the End,' hitting theaters this fall for one night only this fall, has been released.

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Vertigo

46 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Master of Reality’

On July 21, 1971, Black Sabbath released their 'Master of Reality' album.

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Kevin Winter
Kevin Winter

Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward Picks His 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Who made the cut for Bill Ward's 10 Favorite Metal Albums of All-Time?

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Photo by Ross Halfin
Photo by Ross Halfin

‘Black Sabbath: The End of the End’ Concert Film to Hit Theaters

See the band's final performance in theaters for one night only.

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Paul Kane/Raphael Dias, Getty Images

Tony Iommi Talks Possible Collaboration With Queen’s Brian May, Hints at Another Black Sabbath Gig

Tony Iommi has revisited the idea of collaborating with Queen guitarist Brian May in a new interview, and hints at another Black Sabbath show in England.

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Black Sabbath Press Conference
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Black Sabbath Announce ‘The Ten Year War’ Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Black Sabbath created heavy metal with their self-titled 1970 debut, beginning 'The Ten Year War,' to be celebrated in a limited edition vinyl box set.

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