If Metallica were the metal gods of the 80’s and 90’s, then Black Sabbath were the whore that gave birth to them. Black Sabbath came out of Birmingham, England, in 1968 and really defined what metal music is. Like any good metal band they had a revolving lineup as a result of chronic substance abuse, most notably by lead vocalist Ozzie Ozbourne who was kicked out of the band for this reason in 1979. However he remains one of the core members, alongside Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on Bass, and Bill Ward on Drums, and together they are Black Sabbath.
With the release of Paranoid in 1970, the album reached number one in the UK charts and number 12 in the US, stayed on the billboard 200 for over a year, and would go on to sell over 4 million copies. Rock enthusiasts of the day however weren’t so keen with one writer from Rolling Stone slamming it as “discordant jams with bass and guitar reeling like velocitised speedfreaks all over each other's musical perimeters, yet never quite finding synch”. Metal was born. However retrospectively Allmusics Steve Huey cite Paranoid as "one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time", which "defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history" Sabbath were to release over 18 albums over the next 30 years and solidified their place a in metal history with their induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1996 by none other than Metallica. In 1997 Ozzie Ozbourne reunited with Ionni and they performed together in Sabbath up until 2006, however whilst there are no plans for further work together, Ozbourne has said “I will never rule it out”.