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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.

Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.
Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.

Ronnie James Dio Albums Ranked (Rainbow / Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven & Hell)

We asses the work of Ronnie James Dio beginning with the debut album from Rainbow all the way through Heaven & Hell's 'The Devil You Know.'

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Vertigo

38 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne

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

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Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Warner Bros.

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

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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Getty Images for ABA
Getty Images for ABA

Black Sabbath to Release Documentary on Final Hometown Concerts, Tony Iommi Has ‘Bags’ of Riffs for Possible Solo Album

Guitarist Tony Iommi is mixing the audio from Black Sabbath's final shows for a documentary on the iconic metal band.

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Geezer Butler: Black Sabbath Considered Writing Blues Album as Successor to ’13’

Black Sabbath have been back and forth on a follow-up to '13' and Geezer Butler has stated they debated writing a blues album.

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Vertigo / EMI
Vertigo / EMI

Black Sabbath vs. Iron Maiden – Metal Madness 2017, Semifinals

It's Black Sabbath vs. Iron Maiden in the Semifinals of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Vertigo / Zoo
Vertigo / Zoo

Black Sabbath vs. Tool – Metal Madness 2017, Quarterfinals

It's Black Sabbath vs. Tool in the Quarterfinals of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Vertigo / Rise Above
Vertigo / Rise Above

Black Sabbath vs. Ghost – Metal Madness 2017, Round 2

It's Black Sabbath vs. Ghost in Round 2 of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Vertigo / Megaforce
Vertigo / Megaforce

Black Sabbath vs. Mercyful Fate – Metal Madness 2017, Round 1

It's Black Sabbath vs. Mercyful Fate in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Debut Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Black Sabbath Touring Career Concludes With Hometown Show in Birmingham, England [Update]

It's over! Black Sabbath have ended a historic touring career playing their final show in Birmingham, England. Details here.

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