Black Sabbath

Officially, Black Sabbath is a Hard Rock band, but I can not mention the band because even if they are not a Metal band, they are the “wizard” that cast the “Spell”.
Black Sabbath was a British heavy metal band formed in 1968 in Birmingham by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward.
Since Ozzy Osbourne’s departure, the band has gone through several lineup changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only one present in all of them. Originally a blues rock band, they soon adopted the name Black Sabbath and began to incorporate horror stories into their lyrics and use guitars with low tuning.
Although these two themes were common, they also wrote songs that dealt with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse, and apocalyptic prophecies resulting from wars.

The original line-up came to an end in 1979 with the resignation of Osbourne due to his addiction to alcohol and the use of other drugs. He was replaced by Ronnie James Dio, former lead singer of Rainbow. After recording two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath faced numerous line-up changes during the 1980s and 1990s, including vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, and several drummers and bassists.
In 1992, Iommi and Butler joined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice for the recording of the album Dehumanizer.
The original lineup reunited in 1997 when they recorded the live album Reunion.
Black Sabbath’s last studio album, titled 13, was released in June 2013 and featured Iommi, Butler and Osbourne. Between 2016 and 2017, they did “The End Tour,” which officially marked the end of the group’s career.

Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most adored men of the Metal community.

I am not a Vinyl or C collector; however, I felt like I needed to own a few Metal classic albums, and I have a few Judas Priest, Van Halen and Slayer and the famous “Master of Reality” by Black Sabbath and I absolutely love the song “Children of the Grave”.

They are usually cited as one of the pioneers of heavy metal. The group helped define the genre with releases such as Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971) and Heaven and Hell (1980), having sold over 70 million copies during their career. MTV defined them as “the greatest heavy metal band of all time” and ranked 2nd on the VH1 channel’s list of the “100 greatest hard rock artists”. Rolling Stone magazine placed them at #85 on its list of the “100 greatest artists of all time”. The band was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has twice won Grammy Awards in the Best Metal Performance category.

Black Sabbath
Released: 13 February 1970

Released: 18 September 1970

Master of Reality
Released: August 1971

Vol. 4
Released: 25 September 1972

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Released: November 1973

Released: 28 July 1975

Technical Ecstasy
Released: October 1976[26]

Never Say Die!
Released: 29 September 1978

Heaven and Hell
Released: 18 April 1980

Mob Rules
Released: 4 November 1981

Born Again
Released: 12 September 1983

Seventh Star
Released: 28 January 1986

The Eternal Idol
Released: November 1987

Headless Cross
Released: April 1989

Released: 20 August 1990

Released: 22 June 1992

Cross Purposes
Released: 31 January 1994

Released: 5 June 1995

Released: 7 June 2013