It’s shocking to think it was fifty years ago, but Black Sabbath unleashed their debut album on February 13, 1970. Raise your fists and show me your horns. The video below is a playlist of the full album.
Black Sabbath invented Heavy Metal, and their first album had all the common elements except for speed. Ozzy Osbourne’s operatic vocals, Tony Iommi’s heavy and memorable riffs and virtuoso guitar solos, Geezer Butler’s bass performing melodies and replacing rhythm guitar, and Bill Ward’s thundering bass drums. But most importantly, they had the songs. From the beginning, they were creating classics that still stand up fifty years later.
Some people hate Heavy Metal, and that’s okay. Nobody’s forcing anyone to listen to other people’s choices…except the majority that listen to the same top 40 pablum and record companies that want to sell it.