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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.

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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I.R.S. Records
I.R.S. Records

25 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Dehumanizer’

Black Sabbath, with Ronnie James Dio back in the band, released their 'Dehumanizer' album on June 22, 1992.

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I.R.S. Records
I.R.S. Records

22 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Team Up With Body Count Members for Ill-Fated ‘Forbidden’ Album

The last of five albums Black Sabbath recorded with vocalist Tony Martin, Forbidden, which came out on June 20, 1995, was a polarizing effort.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward: ‘I Found No Real Solutions or Real Enjoyment’ Playing on LSD

In a new documentary, Bill Ward discusses playing under the influence of LSD during Black Sabbath's early days.

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Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.
Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.

Ronnie James Dio Albums Ranked (Rainbow / Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven & Hell)

We asses the work of Ronnie James Dio beginning with the debut album from Rainbow all the way through Heaven & Hell's 'The Devil You Know.'

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Vertigo

38 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne

On April 27, 1979, after various attempts to get Ozzy back on the team, Black Sabbath fired their lead singer.

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Warner Bros.

37 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Roar Back With ‘Heaven and Hell’

On April 25, 1980, Black Sabbath took a major step by releasing 'Heaven and Hell' with new vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

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