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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

Black Sabbath Touring Career Concludes With Hometown Show in Birmingham, England [Update]

It's over! Black Sabbath have ended a historic touring career playing their final show in Birmingham, England. Details here.

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Rockers Bid Farewell and Thank You to Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath will perform their final show on Feb. 4 and we've gathered some rock and metal musicians to reflect on the finality of metal's godfathers.

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Bronze / Polydor / Harvest

10 Heaviest Albums of the 1970s Not Recorded by Black Sabbath

So you think that ‘70s heavy metal starts and ends with Black Sabbath? Think again!

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Frederick M. Browne, Getty Images

Thieves Return Pizza Delivery Car Minus Collection of Metal CDs, Save for One Zakk Wylde Disc

After thieves took a joyride in a pizza delivery car they stole, they returned the vehicle but kept a metal CD collection, except one disc!

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Warner Bros.

31 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Seventh Star’

On Jan. 28, 1986, Black Sabbath issued their 'Seventh Star' album, though not all involved were happy with the situation.

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YouTube: StarshowTelevision

Former Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dead at 68

Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has died at the age of 68. He performed on nine Sabbath albums, starting with 1980's 'Heaven and Hell.'

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Vertigo
Vertigo

Black Sabbath Curate ‘The Ultimate Collection’ Two-Disc Set for February 2017 Release

Black Sabbath will issue 'The Ultimate Collection' with their input on a two-disc set spanning their career.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Reveals Lump in Throat Non-Cancerous

After undergoing surgery for to remove a lump in his throat, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed the lump was not cancerous.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Pens Song for Birmingham Cathedral

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has given back to his home city, penning a song for the Birmingham Cathedral featuring the Cathedral Choir.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi to Undergo Surgery to Remove Lump From Throat

Black Sabbath guitar great Tony Iommi has another health issue, as he'll have a lump removed from this throat area soon.

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