Black Sabbath is an English rock band that formed in 1968 in Birmingham, England. The band is widely considered to be one of the most influential bands in the history of heavy metal music and is credited with creating the genre. The band’s original lineup consisted of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums).
Black Sabbath released their debut album, “Black Sabbath”, in 1970, which featured the hit single “Black Sabbath”. The album was a huge success and established the band as a major player in the rock music scene. The band’s dark and ominous sound, combined with their occult-inspired lyrics, set them apart from other bands of the time and helped to create the heavy metal genre.
In 1971, the band released their breakthrough album “Paranoid”, which featured the hit singles “Iron Man” and “Paranoid”. The album was a huge success and cemented the band’s place in rock music history. The band continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s, including “Master of Reality” (1971), “Vol. 4” (1972), and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” (1973).
Black Sabbath’s music is known for its heavy guitar riffs, powerful drumming, and Ozzy Osbourne’s distinctive vocals. The band’s lyrics often dealt with dark and occult themes, which helped to establish them as a pioneer of the heavy metal genre.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the band went through several lineup changes and internal conflicts, but they continued to tour and release new music. In 1980, the band released “Heaven and Hell”, which featured the hit single “Neon Knights”. This album marked the first appearance of Ronnie James Dio as the band’s vocalist, and it marked a new era for the band musically.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Black Sabbath went through a number of lineup changes and hiatus, but they still continued to release new music and tour. In 2013, the original lineup of the band reunited for a tour and released an album “13” which was a commercial success.
Today, Black Sabbath is considered to be one of the most influential bands in the history of rock music, and their legacy lives on through their music and the countless bands that have been influenced by them. Their music continues to be a major influence for many up and coming artists, and their legacy lives on to this day. Black Sabbath has sold over 70 million records worldwide, won several awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.