Sunday, 22 January 2012

Black Sabbath

                                                BLACK SABBATH

       Black Sabbath are an English heavy metal band, formed in Aston, Birmingham in 1969 by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums). The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. A total of 22 musicians have at one time been members of Black Sabbath. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth and renamed to Black Sabbath in 1969, the band began incorporating occult- and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars and achieving multiple platinum records in the 1970s. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and the often apocalyptic prophesies of the horrors of war.
      Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's heavy alcohol and cocaine usage led to his being fired from the band in April 1979, after which he began a very successful solo career, selling more than 55 million albums. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio's vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin. 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. The 1980–1982 and 1991–1992 line-up featuring Iommi, Butler, Dio, and Appice reformed in 2006 under the moniker Heaven & Hell until Dio's death on 16 May 2010.
      On 11 November 2011, the original band members announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album.The band are scheduled to perform a headlining slot at the Download Festival on 10 June 2012, followed by a world tour.


                                                         BLACK SABBATH

Black Sabbath is the debut studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom, and later on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart and has been recognised as the first main album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre.


Paranoid is the second studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, the album was the only one by the band to top the UK Albums Chart, and as a result is commonly identified as the band's magnum opus. Paranoid has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA and contains some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, "Iron Man" and "War Pigs".

                                                  MASTER OF REALITY

Master of Reality is the third album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in July 1971. It is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album.Master of Reality was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies.

                                            BLACK SABBATH VOL. 4

Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. The album was originally to be titled Snowblind, after one of several songs referring to cocaine use, and features several Sabbath classics, such as "Tomorrow's Dream", "Snowblind", "Supernaut" and "Changes".

                                        SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. With this album, the band expanded upon their slow, crunching style of music by strings, keyboards and more complex orchestral arrangements.


Sabotage is the sixth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in June 1975.

                                                TECHNICAL ECSTASY

Technical Ecstasy is the seventh studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1976.

                                                       NEVER SAY DIE!

Never Say Die! is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1978. It was the most recent Sabbath studio album with Ozzy Osbourne as the band's lead singer released to date until it was announced in November 2011 that the original Sabbath lineup will return to the studio for a new album to be released in 2012.

                                                   HEAVEN AND HELL

Heaven and Hell is the ninth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in April 1980. This is their first album featuring Ronnie James Dio, and first with producer Martin Birch.

                                                               MOB RULES

Mob Rules is Black Sabbath's tenth studio album, released in November 1981. It peaked at number 29 on the U.S. charts.In the UK, it became the fourth Black Sabbath studio-album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in February 1982.

                                                               BORN AGAIN

Born Again is the eleventh studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in August 1983.It has been panned by critics, but reached #4 in the UK charts as well as the top 40 in the United States.The CD version of this album is not available in the United States, although imports often turn up in American stores. Additionally, the vinyl and cassette versions can still be found, and the album is available on iTunes.

                                                            SEVENTH WAR

Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in January 1986.It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by guitarist Tony Iommi, but due to label pressures and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, was lead singer but did not play bass on this release.

                                                    THE ETERNAL IDOL

The Eternal Idol is the thirteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1987. It is the first of several Black Sabbath albums to feature longtime vocalist Tony Martin. It spent six weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at 168.It was also the last full album of new material by Black Sabbath to be released by Warner Bros. Records (in North America).

                                                       HEADLESS CROSS

Headless Cross is the fourteenth album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in April 1989.
This is the band's second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first to feature drummer Cozy Powell.


TYR is the fifteenth studio album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in August 1990 by I.R.S. Records.The album title and several song titles are taken from Norse mythology, which led many to call TYR a concept album, although bassist Neil Murray dispelled that in 2005, stating that while many of the songs may seem loosely related, very little of the album has to do with mythology and it was not intended to be a concept recording.


Dehumanizer is the sixteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in June 1992.It was the first Black Sabbath studio album in over a decade to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals and Vinny Appice on drums. It is also the first in nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler. Initial writing and demo sessions at Rich Bitch Studios in Birmingham featured drummer Cozy Powell; bootlegs of these sessions exist.The album's line-up of Dio, Appice, Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi later reunited in 2006 for a greatest hits set, dubbed Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.The album was re-released, complete with bonus content, on 7 February 2011.

                                                         CROSS PURPOSES

Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in January 1994.


Forbidden is the eighteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in June 1995. This also saw the reunion of Black Sabbath's TYR-era lineup from 1990, with the return of Neil Murray and Cozy Powell. The album was panned by critics and fans alike. This was the band's most recent studio album released under the Black Sabbath name, until the band announced in November 2011 that the original lineup (with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne) would be recording a new album for release in 2012. It was also the last album to feature Tony Martin on vocals.

Enjoy some old classic heavy metal:

1 comment:

  1. Over the Mountain & Flying High Again.
    I love both those songs and they probably mean allot to Ozzy. When he wrote those songs when he just came out of very dark and sad and very low place after being fired fired from Sabbath. If it was not for Sharon his wife he may of given up and just died.

    When Sharon found Ozzy after Sabbath, Ozzy was not much more than a ball on the floor in a puddle of urine. She pulled him up and gave him strength. Then into Ozzy's life walked Randy Rhoads who I think was just as good as a ripper as Eddie Van Halen. Then Ozzy and Randy made some of the best Ozzy songs of that time. But with Randy's untimely death the world will never know what the future held for Ozzy if Randy would not of died. But during the time Ozzy and Randy made those songs after the low spell after Sabbath Ozzy was Over The
    Mountain in his life and Flying High Again.

    But the world of rock cant forget the awesome songs that came out of Sabbath during Ozzy's absence. Ozzy was out of Sabbath and in walked Ronnie James Dio and then Sabbath put out Heaven and Hell a kick ass album. But it is sad that radio stations today don't play Heaven and Hell from Sabbath that much if any. Every time you heir a song on the radio from sabbath its the same 2 songs over and over and over again, Paranoid and Iron Man, what's up with that? Such as the song Neon Nights from the Heaven and Heall album was a rockin jammin song but not a lick played on the radio. And now that Ronny is passed away and one of the best voices ever in rock will leave another hole in the hearts of metal followers all over the world. Now years that have gone buy in the body of rock its heart still beats with the like of Ozzy and the spirits of the past greats.
    Rock on dude.
    Carl Leduc