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Black Sabbath Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

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.


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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Black Sabbath 1971

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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Bill Ward Recalls Having to Fire Ozzy Osbourne From Black Sabbath

Bill Ward reflects on some of the unsavory jobs he had to do while in Black Sabbath, including firing Ozzy Osbourne back in 1979.

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Black Sabbath vs Judas Priest
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Black Sabbath vs. Judas Priest – Best Live Band, Round 1

Vote for either Black Sabbath or Judas Priest in this Best Live Band competition.

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Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
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Bill Ward Reveals He’s Formed a New Rock Trio

In a new interview, former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he has formed a new rock trio, but is keeping the project secret for now.

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Black Sabbath 1992

23 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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Black Sabbath 'Forbidden' Lineup

20 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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Tony Iommi Plans to Revisit Black Sabbath’s ‘Forbidden’ Album Mix for 20th Anniversary

Guitarist Tony Iommi revealed plans to re-mix Black Sabbath's 'Forbidden' album for its 20th anniversary.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler: ‘If God Could See Us Killing Each Other in His Name, He’d Be Disgusted’

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler discusses the interpretation of their lyrics and how religion factors in to them.

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Tony Iommi
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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi To Appear on ‘Guitar Star’ Talent Show

'Guitar Star' debuts on the Sky Arts channel June 9.

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