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Though hardly the first heavy rock album, Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut was nonetheless the record that undeniably established metal as a separate life force—the first one to envision a horror world beyond psychedelic acid boogie. Presented as sections of extended, multi-part medleys, tracks such as “Wasp” and “Warning” still rank with the band’s bluesier moments. But bruisers like the sludge-caked title track and the crushing “The Wizard” and “N.I.B.” come off like nightmares putting hippie dreams thoroughly to rest.

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Kids this is called Heavy Metal. Shut up and listen to when people used to PLAY instruments.

Black Sabbath

Where's "Evil Woman"?

We were not ready for THIS.

1969, Woodstock, Hippies, Nixon, Beatles, etc. And THEN these nasty British boys turned the amps up to ELEVEN and, uh-oh, The Devil's Music had come full-circle. A must-have record, if only for historical purposes.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An English hard rock institution whose influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated, Black Sabbath not only pioneered the genre, they helped launch the career of one of its most colorful and controversial characters in Ozzy Osbourne. The band distilled the smoke and strife of its industrial hometown into a punitive blast of doom-laden heavy blues-rock via bass player Geezer Butler's dystopian lyrics, which leaned heavily on the occult, and guitarist Tony Iommi's seismic riffing. When paired with...
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