Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath
Forby kent asThe Polka Tulk Blues Band, Earth
OreiginAston, Birmingham, Ingland
GenresHivy metal
Years active1968–present
LabelsVertigo, Warner Bros., I.R.S., Sanctuary
Associate actsHeaven & Hell, Mythology,
Rainbow, Dio
Wabsteidblacksabbath.com
Members
Past membersSee: Leet o Black Sabbath baund members

Black Sabbath are a Inglis rock baund, formit in Birmingham in 1968, bi guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, sangster Ozzy Osbourne, an drummer Bill Ward. The baund haes syne experienced multiple line-up chynges, wi Tony Iommi the anerly constant presence in the baund throu the years. Oreeginally formit in 1968 as a hivy blues rock baund namit Earth, the baund began incorporatin occult themes wi horror-inspired leerics an tuned-doun guitars. Despite an association wi occult an horror themes, Black Sabbath componit sangs dealin wi social instability, poleetical corruption, the dangers o drog abuis an apocalyptic prophecies o the horrors o war an aw.

Osbourne's hivy drog uise led tae his dismissal frae the baund in 1979. He wis replacit bi umwhile Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Efter a few albums wi Dio's vocals an sangwritin collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolvin line-up in the 1980s an '90s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen an Tony Martin, as well as multiple members o Deep Purple an Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi an Butler rejoined Dio an drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The oreeginal line-up reunitit wi Osbourne in 1997 an released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19t studio album, 13, which featurs aw oreeginal members except Bill Ward, wis released in Juin 2013.

Black Sabbath are citit as pioneers o hivy metal. The baund helpit define the genre wi releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) an Master of Reality (1971). They wur rankit bi MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" o aw time, an placit seicont in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" leet. Rolling Stone magazine rankit thaim nummer 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They hae sauld ower 15 million records in the Unitit States an ower 70 million records warldwide. Black Sabbath wur inductit intae the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 an the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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