Black Sabbath

~ Group

Wikipedia

Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's regular abuse of drugs and alcohol led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured countless personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that 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 original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members but Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. 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.

Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
Filter

Discography

« 1 2 » Page 1 of 2

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Black Sabbath 4.6 21
1970 Paranoid 4.95 23
1971 Master of Reality 4.8 18
1972 Vol 4 4.2 13
1973 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 4.5 14
1975 Sabotage 4.3 14
1976 Technical Ecstasy 3.5 9
1978 Never Say Die! 3.5 8
1980 Heaven and Hell 4.5 14
1981 Mob Rules 4.5 11
1983 Born Again 3.5 9
1986 Seventh Star 8
1987 The Eternal Idol 9
1987 Sabotage 1
1989 Headless Cross 3.5 6
1990 Tyr 7
1992 Dehumanizer 3 6
1994 Cross Purposes 3 3
1995 Forbidden 2 3
2013 13 4.5 15

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll Compilation 5 8
1977 Greatest Hits Compilation 5
1985 The Sabbath Collection Compilation 5 2
1987 Paranoid / Black Sabbath Compilation 1
1989 Blackest Sabbath Compilation 2
1990 Backtrackin' (21st Anniversary Edition) Compilation 1
1991 The Black Sabbath Story Compilation 1
1991 The Ozzy Osbourne Years Compilation 4 2
1992 Iron Man Compilation 1
1993 Between Heaven & Hell: The Best of Black Sabbath Compilation 1
1994 Iron Man Compilation 1
1995 Between Heaven and Hell Compilation 1
1996 The Sabbath Stones Compilation 1
1996 Under Wheels of Confusion: 1970–87 Compilation 1
1996 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1997 Rock Giants Compilation 1
1999 The Collection Compilation 1
2000 The Best of Black Sabbath Compilation 8
2000 The Singles (1970–1978) Compilation 1
2001 Rock Champions Compilation 1
2002 Symptom of the Universe: 1970–1978 Compilation 1
2004 Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978) Compilation 2
2006 Greatest Hits 1970–1978 Compilation 1
2007 The Dio Years Compilation 4
2008 The Rules of Hell Compilation 5 2
2009 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2010 Cross Box Compilation 1
2012 Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath Compilation 1
Black Sabbath 1970–1973 Compilation 1
Forever Compilation 1

« 1 2 » Page 1 of 2

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.