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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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Unboxing Vinyl Reissues of Black Sabbath’s First Eight Albums

In honor of Black Sabbath's farewell tour, Rhino Records have reissued the band's first eight studio albums. Check out our unboxing video.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne to Hit Recording Studio After Black Sabbath’s Farewell Tour

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he plans to enter the recording studio to track a new solo album when Black Sabbath finish up their farewell tour.

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Photo by Ross Halfin / Courtesy of MSO PR
Photo by Ross Halfin / Courtesy of MSO PR

Black Sabbath Kick Off Last North American Leg of ‘The End’ Tour With Memorable Jones Beach Show

Check out our review of Black Sabbath's show at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 2016.

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Early Black Sabbath Memorabilia to Be Auctioned Off in Fall

A lot of early Black Sabbath memorabilia is set to hit auction in late September.

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Vertigo

‘The Complete History of Black Sabbath: What Evil Lurks’ Book to Arrive in Fall 2016

'The Complete History of Black Sabbath: What Evil Lurks' chronicles the band's history from the early days up to the current farewell tour, arriving this fall.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire / MSO PR

Bring Me the Horizon, Black Sabbath + More on Diddy-Curated ‘WWE 2K17′ Video Game Soundtrack

Tracks from Bring Me the Horizon, Black Sabbath and more have made the cut for the Diddy-curated 'WWE 2K17' video game soundtrack.

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Bill Ward Issues Statement That He Won’t Be Playing on Black Sabbath ‘The End’ UK Tour

Bill Ward has issued a statement that he won't be playing on any of the shows on Black Sabbath's 'The End' tour.

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Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Brad Wilk on Playing on Black Sabbath’s ’13’ Album: ‘I Wish That It Could Have Been Bill Ward’

Despite living a dream, Brad Wilk wishes Bill Ward performed on Black Sabbath's '13' instead of him.

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

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

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Reprise

24 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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