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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Paranoid’ (1970), ‘Heaven and Hell’ (1980), ‘13’ (2013) Related Artists: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio Further Reading: 10 Best Black Sabbath Songs, 20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Black Sabbath

36 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath
Vertigo

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

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

Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Warner Bros.

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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Bill Ward Responds To Ozzy Osbourne With New Open Letter

Bill Ward Ozzy Osbourne
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The back and forth venom between founding Black Sabbath members Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne continues.

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Bill Ward: ‘I’m Quite Capable of Playing a Complete F—ing Black Sabbath Set’

Bill Ward
Scott Gries, Getty Images

The Bill Ward vs. Black Sabbath battle continues with a new interview in Rolling Stone.

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Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Drummer Bill Ward: ‘Physically, You Know You Were F—ed’

Bill Ward + Ozzy Osbourne
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Late last night (April 16), Ozzy publicly responded to Ward, but the drummer didn't quite get the response he was hoping for.

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Bill Ward Seeks Ozzy Osbourne Apology Before Considering Black Sabbath Return

Bill Ward Ozzy Osbourne
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Drummer Bill Ward says it will take a "righting of the wrongs" by Ozzy Osbourne and being presented a signable contract for him to return to Black Sabbath.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Responds to Rumors About Poor Health

Tony Iommi
Paul Kane, Getty Images

The cancellation of Black Sabbath's Ozzfest Japan gig led some to speculate that guitarist Tony Iommi may have suffered a setback in his battle with lymphoma.

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Black Sabbath Nix ‘Farewell’ Ozzfest Japan Gig, Ozzy Osbourne + Friends to Perform Instead

Black Sabbath
MSO PR

Festival attendees will still get their fix of Ozzy Osbourne, as the Prince of Darkness will perform with his solo act, reportedly with some special friends.

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Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head vs. Black Sabbath’s Henry – March Metal Mascot Madness, Final Four

Iron Maiden vs. Black Sabbath
Loudwire

The winner of Eddie the Head vs. Henry is up to you! Cast your votes now!

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Sodom’s Knarrenheinz vs. Black Sabbath’s Henry – March Metal Mascot Madness, Quarterfinals

Sodom vs. Black Sabbath
Loudwire

Sodom or Knarrenheinz? Cast your vote now!

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