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Possibly the greatest band ever. Creators of heavy metal.

Old school friends Ozzy Osbourne(vocals), Toni Iommi(lead guitar), Terry "Geezer" Butler(bass), and Bill Ward(drums) first formed the band Earth in Birmingham England in 1968. During the 60s the band noticed all the people who went to B horror movies. They figured people actually enjoyed being scared so they changed their name to Black Sabbath, after an old horror movie, and being writing very dark lyrics.

Their first self titled album, "Black Sabbath", was release in 1970 and had many great songs including the darkest song they have ever written, also called "Black Sabbath". The song was written about the bassist, Geezer Butler, waking up in the middle of the night to find a dark shadowed figure standing over his bed. Or at least that's what he thought he saw. He could have been on an acid trip for all we know.

Their second album, Paranoid, was also released in 1970. This albums included songs like Paranoid, War Pigs, and Sabbath's signature song, Iron Man.

In 1971 Sabbath released their third album, Master of Reality which included songs like Sweet Leaf and Children of the Grave. This was the first album to be all in Drop C tuning. In this tuning the strings on the guitar are all tuned down 1 and a half steps. This gave the band a much darker sound.

Sabbath's fourth album, Black Sabbath Vol. 4, was released in 1972. Probably the best overall album it included songs like Supernaut and Snowblind.

Released in 1973 ,the fifth album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, was another great overall record. Songs like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and A Natioal Acrobat were the most popular tracks.

After that there was a slew of less successful albums such as Sabotage(1975), Technical Ecstasy(1976), and Never Say Die(1978). Do to drug problems, Ozzy was asked to leave the band in 1979.

After that Sabbath turned to a new lead singer, the former lead vocalist of Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio. With him Sabbath put on albums like Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. These albums were a very different Sabbath with a new sound.

After Dio left to form Dio in 1982, the band went through several line up changes, adding people from Ian Gillan of Deep Purple to Bev Bevan of Electric Light Orchestra.

In the early 1990s the band reunited with Dio to put out another album called Dehumanizer.

In 1997 they came back the original line up. There are talks of a new album but they are only rumors so far.

Black Sabbath fucking rules and anybody who says otherwise is a fucking faggot.
by OzzyIsKing August 08, 2007
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originally a 60's blues band from England called "Earth," fronted by Ozzy Osbourne who left the band. black sabbath were the creators of heavy metal, they took rock music and added dark lyrics, and Tony Iommi's brilliant heavy disturbing sounding/blues laced guitarwork and created a new sound that people still love and still relate to today. One of the most influencal bands in heavy music.
Kids still rock out to Sabbath today!
by ratsinthewall March 01, 2003
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Started as a blues band from England called Earth.True founders of Metal. They took Rock and gave it dark lyrics and made it louder.

Black Sabbath is so good I rock out to Black Sabbath and i'm twelve
MTVeenager:Wow I went to spring break and listened to Kid Rock and Blink 182.Today I also bought a Slipknot album IT'S SOO METAL, I especially like it because all my friends do, I'm so, like DIFFERENT!
by Blanny March 24, 2005
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Creators of such songs as Iron Man, Sabath Bloody Sabath, Wall of Sleep, Nib, The Wizard, The Natiojnal Acrobat and other great songs that created metal.

oh yeah and SEAN FUCK YOU
Hey Sean Fuck You
by Count Orlock May 05, 2003
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First and still one of the greatest metal bands in the history of music. Originally a blues band from Birmingham, England called the Blues Earth Company or just plane Earth as they went by. Two members were kicked out of the band and they changed their name to Black Sabbath (named after an old horror movie). The original lineup included Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ozzy Osbourne. After Eight amazing albums Ozzy was being an asshole, so they kicked him out the band. Good ridance too. contrare to what you believe Black sabbath was never "ozzy's band". Ozzy didnt do shit in that band. all he did was sing, he didnt write any lyrics or anything, and his voice wasnt even all that great. The next Sabbath singer to take Ozzy's place was the master of metal singing, Ronnie James Dio. He was there the albums Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. After Dio left several other singers came in such as Ian Gillan, Ray Gillen, Glen Hughes and Tony Martin. Dio then returned for the best Black Sabbath album, Dehumanizer. Dio then left again and Ozzy returned and i believe they are writing new songs now. The have released new demos such as Pscho Man and Selling My Soul.
Black Sabbath = pioneers of metal.
by Ned Gale December 29, 2005
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cool band from back in the day which featured our favorite druggie, ozzy
Will you please welcome...BLACK SABBATH!

--some guy on the album "Live at Last"
by so freaking paranoid March 11, 2003
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true metal. if you hate them, and like korn, opeth, or any other fucking nu-metal band, you are not a metal head and should die a slow, painful death.
Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath.

What is this that stands before me
Figure in black which points at me
Turn 'round quick and start to run
Find out I'm the chosen one
Oh, no

Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan sitting there, he's smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh, God--please help me
Oh, no--no

Child cries out for its mother
Mother screaming in the fire
Satan points at me again
Opens the door to push me in
Oh, no
Oh, God

Is it the end my friend
Satan's coming 'round the bend
People running 'cause they're scared
You people better go and beware
No, no
Please, God, no
by black_sabbath1 June 05, 2006
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"Black Sabbath sucks.
so does metal."

Hey you conforming punk-wannabe (maybe a better name for you is "Chickenshit Conformist"), Metal Up Your Ass! Black Sabbath and metal ain't for the weak like you. They are for real people (unlike you). Did you listen to some emo when writing that definition??

Black Sabbath is:
Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Tony Iommi - Guitar
Geezer Butler - Bass Guitar
Bill Ward - Drums

or if you think the Heaven and Hell lineup is a reformed Sabbath lineup:
Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
Tony Iommi - Guitar
Geezer Butler - Bass Guitar
Vinny Appice - Drums

Black Sabbath started in the '60s as Polka Tulk Blues Company, broke up and reformed as Earth, and when they found out there was another band called Earth and that they were going into a new direction, they renamed the band Black Sabbath. Sabbath's goal was to create music to reach new, horror standards (most of metal is like that, but time after time it evolves), basically it wanted to get the audience to feel like as if it was a horror movie when listening to them. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1970, and it was influential in the making of heavy metal. Paranoid was released in the same year and was instantly a classic with songs like War Pigs, Paranoid and Iron Man. Master of Reality was came out in 1971 and became an highly influential record which included Sweet Leaf, Children of the Grave, and Lord of this World. Sabbath would release a few more albums before Ozzy left the band. Ronnie James Dio (an excellent vocalistand also the man that gave you \m/ in rock) replaced Ozzy and recorded a great album called "Heaven and Hell" in 1979. During the tour supporting the album, Ward leaves the band and Vinny Appice replaced him. In 1980 their tenth album Mob Rules was released. Dio with Appice left the band and Bill Ward rejoined the band with Ian Gillian (frontman of Deep Purple) and the new lineup released Born Again in 1983. The rest is history. Black Sabbath (along with bands such as Judas priest(another heavy metal band) and Led Zeppelin) were influential in the making of the heavy metal genre (and to a lesser extent, grunge).
Metal Up Your Ass!

Listen the Black Sabbath along with Judas Priest to know what early metal sounds like.

P.S. WTF? Opeth aren't nu-metal! They are progressive death metal, but I do agree that anyone that hates Black Sabbath should die a slow, painful death.
by Am I Evil? June 14, 2007
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