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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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Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards Calls Black Sabbath + Metallica ‘Great Jokes’

Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards apparently is not a fan of heavy metal.

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MSO PR

Black Sabbath Announce 2016 Final Tour

This is the end. Black Sabbath have just announced plans to embark on their final tour.

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Sings Black Sabbath, AC/DC + More with Nashville Cover Band

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale sang classic tracks from Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Jefferson Starship for some lucky fans in Nashville, Tenn.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Stands in Isolation Box To Convey Loneliness of Cancer Patient

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi helped bring awareness to the loneliness felt by many people diagnosed with cancer at an event on Wednesday.

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MSO PR

Gus G: Black Sabbath Set to Record Final Album

The Ozzy Osbourne guitarist reveals that the singer is expecting to return to Black Sabbath after Japan tour to work on new album.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Bill Ward: Sharon Osbourne Hasn’t Liked Me for a Long Time

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is continuing to talk about the dissolution of the relationship between himself and the band.

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Bill Ward on Black Sabbath’s Final Tour: I’d Need a “Signable Contract and an Apology” to Do It

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward talks about the possibility of returning to Black Sabbath for their final tour.

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Vertigo

Cover Stories: Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Debut

The best album covers brought something to the music, and that's exactly what the sleeve of Black Sabbath's eponymous debut did.

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Vertigo

Does Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ Sound Similar to Song From Obscure ’60s Michigan Band?

The website Dangerous Minds has unearthed an obscure American garage band's song from the same era that has a similar riff as Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid.'

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Vertigo

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

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

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