Black Sabbath

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    Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield (Metallica)
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Black Sabbath delivered heavy metal into the world, kicking and screaming.

The diverse influences of each member alchemized into something else entirely: relentless hard rock that deal with the dark and demonic, a reflection of the slow creep of disillusionment with the social climate.

Hall of Fame Essay


Deborah Frost

Black Sabbath never intended to appeal to, never mind be understood by, rock critics.

Nor were they designed for screaming teens, swooning debs, your mom, industry suits, or anyone else who eventually embraced prior demonstrations of peculiarly British loutdom as rendered by the Stones, say, or Zeppelin.

There was nothing remotely cute or cuddly about Black Sabbath (Ozzy’s recent incarnation notwithstanding). Black Sabbath simply oozed upon us, unfestooned by any pretense of art, peace, love, understanding, or mushroom embroidery, and immediately defined heavy metal with no less certainty, fortitude, or foofaraw than that betwixt the chicken and the egg.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2006
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utterly groundbreaking, with their huge hymns of doom.
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)



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