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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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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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21 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 both for the band.

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Facebook: Dunsmuir

Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Ex-Black Sabbath Drummer Vinny Appice Lead New Project Dunsmuir

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon and drum legend Vinny Appice lead a new project they've titled Dunsmuir.

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Black Sabbath Announce Final U.S. Shows; Last Shows Ever to Take Place in UK [UPDATED]

Black Sabbath have announced three final U.S. shows, while a flyer reportedly shows their last ever shows slated for the U.K. next year.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Reveals 2015 Arrest Was for Punching a ‘Drunken Nazi Bloke’

Legendary Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has opened up about his 2015 bar brawl arrest.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Estranged Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Forms New Band Day of Errors

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has formed a new power trio called Day of Errors.

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Tony Iommi Recalls Pranking Bill Ward, Offers Thoughts on Black Sabbath’s Farewell Tour

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi recalled two hilarious pranks he played on Bill Ward and reflected on the band's farewell run.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Contributes to Reward for Information on Los Angeles Dog Killer

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, an animal lover, has added $2,500 to the reward money for information on a Los Angeles-area dog killer.

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath / Heaven and Hell)
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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Puts Beverly Hills Home on the Market

The Black Sabbath bassist has put his Beverly Hills home on the market for $3.2 million.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Geezer Butler: If It Weren’t for Black Sabbath, I’d Be Long Dead

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler opened about the depressive state he was in early in the band's career and says he'd be dead if they never made it.

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