the best band EVER, but only when turned up all the way
Bitch, turn it up, its black sabbath
by Dave Zaggith November 17, 2007
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
"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.
by Sick and Tired June 14, 2007
Synonymous with "heavy metal" Sabbath is metal and metal is Sabbath.
If this music wasn't called metal, it would've been appropriate to call it Black Sabbath music.
by Aldous Pasagui January 10, 2009
The best band ever, no question about it. Except the Dio/Hughes/Gillian/Martin years. OZZY RULES!!
1337H4x0r5:8|4(|< |5 6/-\'/ (Black Sabbath is gay)
SymptomOfTheUniverse: Be right back.
*several minutes later*
1337H4x0r5 has signed off.
SymptomOfTheUniverse:Hehe at least now he won't be able to type or even speak for a LONG time.
by Te3nAgeRFRoMMaRs March 21, 2007
1. A popular band from the sixties to the eighties, sporting dozens of major hits, and a new sound. Sometimes considered the important first metal band ever.
2. The sabbath upon which sorcerers practice magic to the fullest extent, in cults.
magick, (also see 'Witches Sabbath', or 'Black Mass.')
music, (also see 'War Pigs', 'Electric Sleep', 'Electric Funeral', and 'Supernaut'.
1. "Iron Man is the best damn song ever... Black Sabbath Rules!"
2. "Hey, are you bringing the goat heads or the meathooks for the Black Sabbath ritual?"
2. (b) "Hey, did you see that the occultshop has a "Black Sabbath Bargian? 45% off all crystal skulls and grimoires!"
by Tom Warwick October 04, 2007
The day(s)that witches have sex with the devil.
On the day of Black Sabbath.Witches/Warloks make a Face to face pact with the devil.
by pbody May 23, 2008
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