The best album credited to Black Sabbath is Paranoid which is ranked number 55 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 20,799.
Black Sabbath is ranked number 37 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 44,970.
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- Tipton / Entwistle / Powell
- Deep Purple
- Rainbow (UK)
- Emerson, Lake & Powell
- Ian Gillan & Roger Glover
- Tony Iommi / Glenn Hughes
- Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi
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- Velvett Fogg
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Princes of Darkness.
One of the few groups who invented a genre and several subgenres
"Politicians hide themselves away. They only started the war.
Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor".
After much consideration I have come to the conclusion that this is my favourite band, managing to produce some of the most diverse and creative music ever recorded, (cocaine enhanced creativity some might say). (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Bowie, Kate Bush, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were also in the running for this, some might say, dubious honour).
Their first albums generated a plethora of zealous critics who took years to realise how wrong they were.
Black Sabbath are to Heavy Metal in the seventies what the Beatles were to pop/rock music in the sixties,
both were working class bands pushing the boundaries of their music.
Sabbath invented heavy metal, then shaped and developed the genre over the next 10 albums,
(unfortunately the band of the same name faded to mediocrity after Dio left despite Iommi's best efforts).
The only weak interlude in the first 10 albums was side two of Never Say Die (but that has the far from weak Air Dance).
I know many consider Technical Ecstasy a low point but this is not the case, there are some great tracks on this album.
Comments such as 'you can hear the band falling apart on this album' are ridiculous, how does that work? They continued to develop their sound as only a great band can, if they didn't then they would have been accused of becoming stagnant.
Every track they produced is highly distinctive with different structures, tempos, always inventive and heavy. The lyrics are not as one-track doom-laden as many would have you believe,
it amazes me how people will believe what they read rather than find out for themselves.
Black Sabbath did not record any of my very favourite tracks, or any of my top 10 albums, but they did produce 10 albums I regard as classic, no other artist got close, (PF and LZ 6 each).
They invented Heavy Metal
Their influence cannot be understated. King Crimson did it better, but it was with Jazz sensibilities as opposed to Blues, and in fleeting instances at that (e.g. 21st Century Schizoid Man, which was Iron Man before Iron Man; and Larks Tongues in Aspic Part II). Black Sabbath, on the other hand, was consistently heavy and dark. This was Blues Rock taken to its darkest pit - on the gates of a new genre called Heavy Metal. The vanguard for artists like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Metallica.
First three albums were great, classics of the genre. After that, I'm afraid to say, tedious. The band could have done so much more than they did. Still, huge credit for basically inventing metal.
Not many Bands actually invented a genre of music...but Black Sabbath did. There was no Heavy Metal before Sabbath. Their early albums are all superb hard rock classics.
The creator of so many genres of metal. They manage to be super heavy but still not feel too much. They also manage to throw in some prog and psychedelic elements in their song. A fantastic band!
I've just realised that their first three albums are at least 10-15 years ahead of its time. The debut well, basically debuted heavy metal as a genre, and has some strong doom metal and horror elements as well. Paranoid is typical hard rock/heavy metal with a bit of doom metal thrown in. Master of Reality invented stoner metal, started the down tuning and heavy stoner riffs trend, which so many bands have used after Black Sabbath. These three albums were released in 1970/71. IN TWO F-ING YEARS THEY'VE CREATED A GENRE AND SEVERAL SUBGENRES. And after all that they still managed to make Vol 4, Sabotage and later Heaven & Hell, three albums which are maybe not as groundbreaking, but are just as great. Oh and also Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Mob Rules. Goddamn.
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