Black Sabbath

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Formed out of Birmingham, UK during 1968, by;-

  • Guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi
  • Bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler
  • Singer Ozzy Osbourne
  • Drummer Bill Ward

Since their formation, they have been through many line-up changes, and Tony Iommi has remained the only original member.


Originally, they formed as a Blues/Rock band, they soon started on the musical style we now know, and began incorporating occult/horror-inspired lyrics, with heavier sounding tuned-down guitars.

Black Sabbath also wrote songs that dealt with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's famous lifestyle, involving drugs, alcohol and a hedonistic party mentality, led to him being fired from the band in 1979, his replacement was, former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

During the following two albums with Dio, Sabbath went through a number of personnel changes, this was in the 1980s and 1990s, these changes included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer.

The initial line-up got back together with Ozzy Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members apart from Ward, and was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are often seen as pioneers/inventors of Heavy Metal. It is undoubtable that they helped to define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971), which would be considered total classics by many people.


  • MTV rated them as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time.
  • Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
  • They have sold over 70 million records worldwide.
  • Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006
  • They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

Studio Albums List

1) Black Sabbath (1970)

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2) Paranoid (1970)

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3) Master of Reality (1971)

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4) Vol. 4 (1972)

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5) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

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6) Sabotage (1975)

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7) Technical Ecstasy (1976)

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8) Never Say Die! (1978)

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9) Heaven and Hell (1980)

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10) Mob Rules (1981)

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11) Born Again (1983)

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12) Seventh Star (1986)

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13) The Eternal Idol (1987)

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14) Headless Cross (1989)

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15) Tyr (1990)

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16) Dehumanizer (1992)

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17) Cross Purposes (1994)

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18) Forbidden (1995)

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19) 13 (2013)

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External Links

Black Sabbath Website