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After Forever (song)

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After Forever (song)

"After Forever" is a song by English rock band Black Sabbath. The song was released on their third studio album Master of Reality in 1971, and later the same year it had been released as the first single from the album, but failed to chart anywhere.[1] The lyrics were written by Geezer Butler while the music was written by Tony Iommi. History The lyrics of the song "After Forever", written by Geezer Butler,[2] a proclaimed Catholic,[3] focus entirely on Christian themes. Although the album jacket credits Iommi alone as the composer of this song (including lyrics), the Black Sabbath Black Box Set refutes the album jacket credit and gives credit to this song (along with "Orchid" and "Embryo") to all four band members in keeping with their wishes to remain a democratic band. At the time, some viewed Black Sabbath as Satanists (which the band had consistently denied) due to their dark sound, image and lyrics. "After Forever" was released as a single along with "Fairies Wear Boots" in 1971.[4][5] Rolling Stone r

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Am I Going Insane (Radio)

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Am I Going Insane (Radio)

"Am I Going Insane (Radio)" is a single by the band Black Sabbath on the 1975 album Sabotage. Although common conception is that the suffix "Radio" was said to be added to the title because it was made for the purpose of being played on the radio, drummer Bill Ward said that it was Cockney rhyming slang for "mental"--radio-rental. Critics have noted the coincidence of the title and the fact that all Black Sabbath members except Tony Iommi were later clinically depressed.[1] Also, as the song fades, there is a disturbing cry that sounds like someone going 'mental.' It has been theorized that the recording was of Jessica, Ozzy's daughter, but a 1975 interview with him suggests that it was not Jessica. The engineer for Sabotage revealed that it came from an unmarked cassette found at the studio.[2] Disappointments within the band and reception Although happy with most of the songs on Sabotage, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne did not like the responses he got with "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" or "Supertzar." Osbourne

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Black Sabbath (song)

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Black Sabbath (song)

"Black Sabbath" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, written in 1969 and released on their self titled debut album. In 1970, it was released as a four-track 12-inch single, with "The Wizard" also on the A-side and "Evil Woman" and "Sleeping Village" on B-side, on the Philips Records label Vertigo. It is widely considered to be the first heavy metal song. History According to the band, the song was inspired by an experience that Geezer Butler had in the days of Earth. Butler, obsessed with the occult at the time, painted his apartment matte black, placed several inverted crucifixes, and put many pictures of Satan on the walls. Ozzy Osbourne handed Butler a black occult book, written in Latin and decorated with numerous pictures of Satan. Butler read the book and then placed it on a shelf beside his bed before going to sleep. When he woke up, he claims he saw a large black figure standing at the end of his bed, staring at him. The figure vanished and Butler ran to the shelf where he had pl

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Changes (Black Sabbath song)

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Changes (Black Sabbath song)

"Changes" is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Vol. 4 which was released in 1972. Overview The song's piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio.[2] The lyrics were by bassist Geezer Butler,[2] and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has referred to the song as "heartbreaking". Quite different from Sabbath's previous work, the song was described as a "forlornly pretty" ballad by critic Barney Hoskyns.[3] It was inspired mainly by Bill Ward's breakup with his first wife.[2] "We're certainly not going to get any less heavy," Ozzy promised in 1972. "We will probably do 'Changes' on stage with a Mellotron but we'll never take strings on stage with us or anything like that."[4] The song was performed live in 1973[5] but very seldom in years following. The song was covered by soul artist Charles Bradley on his 2016 album called "Changes". Bradley’s version has since been featured as the theme song of the Netflix animated series Big Mouth. That vers

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Children of the Grave

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Children of the Grave

"Children of the Grave" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.[1] The song has been featured on several greatest hits and live albums. As well as being performed by Black Sabbath in concert in its various incarnations, Ozzy Osbourne performed it in concert many times as a solo artist. It appears in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song. It is also referenced in the online game League of Legends as the name of the ultimate attack of the character Mordekaiser, and is the background music for the opening level of the video game Brütal Legend. One featu

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The Devil Cried

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The Devil Cried

"The Devil Cried" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath featured on the compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.[1] The song peaked on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at No. 38.[2] It was one of three new recordings the group did for the compilation (the others being "Shadow of the Wind" and "Ear in the Wall").[3] Tony Iommi has called the song, "a mid-tempo track which is... riff-based again, great vocals and I think that's really good."[4] According to Dio on the "Heaven and Hell Road Movie" extra on the Live from Radio City Music Hall DVD, the song is about the ability to return to Heaven if a soul in Hell could succeed in making Satan cry. References Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Dio Years - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2009. "Black Sabbath | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2009. "Rhino | Black Sabbath | The Dio Years". Rhino. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2009. Io

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Die Young (Black Sabbath song)

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Die Young (Black Sabbath song)

"Die Young" is a single by British rock band Black Sabbath from their 1980 album, Heaven and Hell. It was performed live during all the 1980 and 1981 tours (Ronnie James Dio), and returned to the set for the tours of 1986 (Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen) 1987 (Tony Martin), 1989 (Tony Martin), 1990 (Tony Martin), and 1992 (Ronnie James Dio). Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi customarily plays a lengthy instrumental introductory passage to the song when performing live, with heavy atmospheric keyboard backing. A live rendition can be heard on Live from Radio City Music Hall, recorded in 2007 by Heaven & Hell, a band formed of members of Black Sabbath from the Mob Rules- and Dehumanizer-era lineups. In honour of ex-Vio-Lence manager Debbie Abono and Ronnie James Dio's passing, Machine Head's Robb Flynn recorded and released, free, an online cover of Die Young.[1] Abono managed Flynn and Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel when they were members of the Vio-Lence.[2] Track listing UK 7" single (Vertigo #SAB 3

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Disturbing the Priest

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Disturbing the Priest

Born Again is the eleventh studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in August of 1983, it is the first and only album the group recorded with lead vocalist Ian Gillan, best known for his work with Deep Purple. It was also the last Black Sabbath album for nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler and the last to feature original drummer Bill Ward, though Ward did record a studio track with the band fifteen years later on their 1998 live album Reunion. The album has received mixed reviews from critics,[1] but was a commercial success upon its 1983 release, reaching No. 4 in the UK charts.[2] The album also hit the top 40 in the United States.[3] Origins Following the departure of vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice in 1982, Sabbath's future was in doubt. The band switched management to Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne's father) and he suggested Ian Gillan as the new vocalist.[4] "That band was put together on paper," guitarist Tony Iommi revealed in the 1992 documen

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End of the Beginning (song)

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End of the Beginning (song)

"End of the Beginning" is a song by English rock band Black Sabbath featured on the album 13. According to lyricist Geezer Butler, the song deals with the fear of how "technology is going to completely take over the human race", inspired particularly by cloning: "It seems like eventually, people are going to clone the Beatles and stuff like that. I mean, it’s already happening now with a "Tupac" at Coachella, using holograms. But eventually I think they’ll start cloning people like the Beatles, and sending them out on endless tours."[1] "End of the Beginning" was premiered during the finale of season 13 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The band guest starred in the episode,[2] and also appeared in a short interview prior to its release.[3] The song was first performed live on 20 April 2013, on the first of the two Auckland shows in New Zealand. The performance was part of their reunion tour.[4] It was also featured in the end credits of the film This Is the End. On 11 June, coinciding with the album's laun

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Evil Woman (Crow song)

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Evil Woman (Crow song)

"Evil Woman" (sometimes titled "Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games with Me") is a song by Minneapolis-based band Crow, on their 1969 album Crow Music. It reached number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Cover versions Black Sabbath version It was covered in 1970 by Black Sabbath and, as "Evil Woman", released as their first single. The song also appeared on the band's debut album, Black Sabbath, for the European edition later that year. "The Crow original is more uptempo than Sabbath's rendering," observed Sabbath fanzine editor Peter Scott. "The song comes across a lot happier and the vocals are delivered in a stronger, less morbid vein… The whole middle section solo is done with a trumpet – something which definitely would not have fitted into the context of Black Sabbath, the band or LP."[1] Despite being Sabbath's first single, "Evil Woman" was excluded from their debut album in the United States, being replaced by its B-side "Wicked World". It was first officially released in the US in 2002, on

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Fairies Wear Boots

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Fairies Wear Boots

"Fairies Wear Boots" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, appearing on their 1970 album Paranoid. It was released in 1971 as the B-side to the single "After Forever". Composition The exact inspiration behind "Fairies Wear Boots" is unclear. In the 2010 documentary film Classic Albums: Black Sabbath's Paranoid, the band's bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler states that he composed the lyrics after a violent encounter with skinheads in London, who are the "fairies" in the song.[2] However, in the 2004 release of Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978), guitarist Tony Iommi states that the lyrics were inspired by an incident in which Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne were smoking cannabis and witnessed what they believed to be fairies in a park[3][4] In Osbourne's autobiography I Am Ozzy, he stated that he does not recall what the song was written about. On original 1970 US copies of the Paranoid album, the song's intro was listed under the title "Jack the Stripper".[5]

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God Is Dead?

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God Is Dead?

"God Is Dead?" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath featured on the album 13. It is the first single from the album, and the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1998's "Psycho Man" and "Selling My Soul" from Reunion. The song was released via an MP3 download on Amazon.[2] It was also available as a free download to those who pre-ordered the full album on iTunes. The song in its entirety was posted on the official YouTube channel in promotion of this. Both the song title and figure on the single's cover, by Heather Cassils, are a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who is famous for saying that "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?".[3] It is Black Sabbath's longest song.[4] "God Is Dead?" reached No. 6 on the UK Rock Charts.[5] "God Is Dead?" was ranked the 14th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[6] The music video, directed by Peter Joseph, known for the Zeit

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Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath song)

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Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath song)

"Hand of Doom" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, originally appearing as the sixth song on their second album Paranoid, released in 1970. It has been performed in many of Black Sabbath's live concerts. The lyrics were written by Geezer Butler while the music was written by the four members. "Hand of Doom" is accepted as one of the best songs on the album by many fans of Black Sabbath. It is the second longest song on the album behind "War Pigs". The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England in the late 1960s from the Vietnam War with severe drug addictions.[1] It is about them taking drugs to forget the atrocities of war, only to see it catch up on them and slowly destroy them from the inside. Cover versions The song has been covered by various bands, including: Slayer on the 2000 Black Sabbath tribute album, Nativity in Black II. Danzig on its 1996 album, Blackacidevil, and on the Black Sabbath fan compilation, Nativity in

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Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath song)

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Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath song)

"Heaven and Hell" is the title track of Black Sabbath's ninth studio album. The music was written mainly by guitarist Tony Iommi, but – as with almost all Sabbath albums – credit is given to the entire band. The lyrics were written entirely by then newcomer Ronnie James Dio.[1] The song has been performed by several bands of which Iommi and Dio were members including Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell. Details Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who was a session keyboard player during the recording of the album, is said to have been responsible for this song's bassline. The bassline closely resembles that of "Mainline Riders" by Quartz, of which Nicholls was a former member. Geezer Butler was not available during initial recording of the song in late 1979.[2] Performed live by Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell, the song was often stretched out with an extended guitar solo, audience participation, ad-libbed lyrics, or additional lyrics regarding angelic and demonic apparitions and personal judgmen

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Hard Road (Black Sabbath song)

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Hard Road (Black Sabbath song)

"Hard Road" is a single by English rock band Black Sabbath. It reached 33 on the UK singles charts and was the last single recorded with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals until "Psycho Man" in 1998. It is the second single on the band's album Never Say Die!, the first being the album's title track. Its B-side is "Symptom of the Universe", from the band's 1975 album Sabotage. Personnel Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals Tony Iommi – lead guitar, backing vocals Geezer Butler – bass guitar, backing vocals Bill Ward – drums, backing vocals, percussion References

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Into the Void (Black Sabbath song)

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Into the Void (Black Sabbath song)

"Into the Void" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1971 on their album Master of Reality. An early version of "Into the Void" called "Spanish Sid" was released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. It is written in the key of C# minor. Various artists have covered the song, including Soundgarden, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Melvins, Sleep, Dr. Know, Cavity, Exhorder, Lumsk, Dimmi Argus[1][2] and Orange Goblin. "Into the Void" was ranked the 13th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[3] In Soundgarden's version, the original lyrics are replaced by words of protest by Chief Seattle, which fit the metre of the song.[4] At the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, the appropriately renamed "Into the Void (Sealth)" received a nomination for Best Metal Performance.[5] Influence "Into the Void" has been listed as a favourite song by some of heavy metal's most notable performers. James Hetfield from Metallica lists "Into the Void" as his favourite Bl

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Iron Man (song)

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Iron Man (song)

"Iron Man" is a song written and performed by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on their 1970 album Paranoid. The lyrics tell the story of a man who time travels into the future and sees the apocalypse. In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic storm. He is rendered mute, unable verbally to warn people of his vision of impending destruction. His attempts to communicate are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become furious, and drives his revenge on mankind, causing the apocalypse seen in his vision.[1] Upon hearing the main guitar riff for the first time, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne remarked that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking about".[2] The title became "Iron Man", with Geezer Butler writing the lyrics around the title. Osbourne sang behind a metal fan to get the sound effect in its first line, 'I am Iron Man!'.[3] Despite the title, the song has no connection to the Marvel Comics character of the same name,[4] although it was used in

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Loner (Black Sabbath song)

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Loner (Black Sabbath song)

"Loner" is a song by English rock band Black Sabbath. It is the third and final single from their 2013 album 13, the first being "God Is Dead?". Although the album version did not chart, a live version of the song was officially released as a single via Black Sabbath's YouTube channel on 17 October 2013. It is also their last released single before their disbanding in 2017. The live version, featuring touring-only member Tommy Clufetos on drums, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia at the beginning of May during their reunion world tour. The performance was the world premier of the song. As well as being officially released on YouTube, the video was also featured along with the rest of the concert on the band's album and film Live... Gathered in Their Masses. Personnel Studio/album version Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Tony Iommi – guitar Geezer Butler – bass guitar Brad Wilk – drums Live version Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Tony Iommi – guitar Geezer Butler – bass guitar Tommy Clufetos – drums R

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The Mob Rules

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The Mob Rules

"The Mob Rules" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath from their 1981 album, Mob Rules. The song was primarily written by Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi. The song was also released as the first single from the album. Track listing A. "The Mob Rules" B. "Die Young" (live) Covers American heavy metal band Fozzy covered the song on their 2002 album Happenstance. American heavy metal group Iced Earth released a cover of the song on the iTunes version of their 2011 album, Dystopia. American heavy metal band Benedictum recorded a cover on their 2006 debut album, Uncreation. Norwegian heavy metal artist, Jorn recorded a cover the Japanese edition of his 2012 album, Bring Heavy Rock to the Land. A version featuring an orchestra arrangement appeared on his 2013 compilation album Symphonic. American heavy metal band Adrenaline Mob recorded a cover on their 2013 EP, Coverta. Adrenaline Mob's version also appeared on the tribute album Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life in 2014. An alternate recordi

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N.I.B.

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N.I.B.

"N.I.B." is a song released by British rock band Black Sabbath. It first appeared as the fourth track on the band's 1970 debut album, Black Sabbath. The lyrics are in the first person from the point of view of Lucifer. Lyricist Geezer Butler has said that "the song was about the devil falling in love and totally changing, becoming a good person."[2] "N.I.B." begins with a bass solo by Geezer Butler, titled "Bassically" on some US releases. It includes heavy use of a wah-wah pedal. The song's main riff (as well as Osbourne's vocal delivery) have been noted for their Cream-influenced sound — the song has even been referred to as "the raucous defiling of Cream".[3][4][5] "N.I.B." was ranked the seventh best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[6] Title When the song was first released, its title was widely rumoured to have stood for "Nativity in Black", or to a lesser extent "Name in Blood". In a 1992 interview, Geezer Butler states that the title simply refers to Bill

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Neon Knights

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Neon Knights

"Neon Knights" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath from 1980's Heaven and Hell, their first album with American vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Overview "Neon Knights" was the last song written by the band for the Heaven and Hell album.[1] It was quickly written and recorded at Studio Ferber in Paris during January 1980 simply to fill time on the album's first side.[1] The lyrics were written by Dio. It is the only song on Heaven and Hell to definitely feature songwriting input from bassist Geezer Butler, the band's main lyricist during the Ozzy era. Butler was absent for most of the songwriting process due personal issues as well as his own uncertainty as to whether he wanted to remain in the band. Dio occasionally performed the song during their live shows. The venue and date of the live version of "Children of the Sea" is not specified. The song reached #22 on the UK charts, but failed to chart in the US or anywhere else. In the UK the first 25,000 copies had a picture-bag. Track listing 7" single

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A National Acrobat

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A National Acrobat

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. It was produced by the band and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973. Recording Following Black Sabbath's 1972–1973 world tour in support of their album, Vol. 4, the group returned to Los Angeles to begin work on its successor. Pleased with Vol. 4, the band sought to recreate the recording atmosphere, and returned to the Record Plant Studios. The band rented a house in Bel Air and began writing in the summer of 1973 but, due in part to substance abuse and fatigue, were unable to complete any songs. "Ideas weren't coming out the way they were on Vol. 4 and we really got discontent," guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi said. "Everybody was sitting there waiting for me to come up with something. I just couldn't think of anything. And if I didn't come up with anything, nobody would do anything."[1] In 2013, bassist Geezer Butler told Mojo magazine that after the tour in support of

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Never Say Die (Black Sabbath song)

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Never Say Die (Black Sabbath song)

"Never Say Die" is the title track of British rock band Black Sabbath's 1978 album. Their first UK single to chart since "Paranoid" in 1970, it peaked at 21.[2] The group performed the song on Top of the Pops in 1978.[2] The song, said drummer Bill Ward, “has some good double bass drums.”[3] Track listing "Never Say Die" – 3:45 "She's Gone" – 4:49 Covers Megadeth, on the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black II. Overkill, on their covers album Coverkill. Ozzy Osbourne, on his live album Speak of the Devil. Karma to Burn, on their album V. References http://ultimateclassicrock.com/black-sabbath-never-say-die-best-song/ Iommi, Tony (2011). Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Da Capo Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-0306819551. musicradar.com/news/drums/6-career-defining-records-of-black-sabbaths-bill-ward-227685 External links Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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No Stranger to Love

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No Stranger to Love

Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating AllMusic [2] The New Rolling Stone Album Guide [3] Classic Rock 5/10[4] Martin Popoff 7/10[5] Seventh Star is the 12th studio album by English Heavy Metal band Black Sabbath. Released in January 1986, it features founding guitarist Tony Iommi alongside musicians Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer, and Dave Spitz, playing keyboards, drums, and bass, respectively, and Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, as lead singer. The album was the group's first release without bassist and primary lyricist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the Born Again tour. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi. Due to pressures by Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Later releases label the album as simply by Black Sabbath. Despite the issues behind the release's production, it earned moderate commercial success, reac

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Paranoid (Black Sabbath song)

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Paranoid (Black Sabbath song)

"Paranoid" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song "The Wizard". It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] About "Paranoid" was the first Black Sabbath single release, coming six months after their debut album was released. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (from Guitar World magazine, March 2004): A lot of the Paranoid album was written around the time of our first album, Black Sabbath. We recorded the whole thing in about 2 or 3 days, live in the studio. The song "Paranoid" was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing.[5] According to extant lyric sheets, "Paranoid" was at one time titled "The Paranoid."[6] "Paranoid" eventually became the name of the album, and somewhat unusually, the

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Planet Caravan

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Planet Caravan

"Planet Caravan" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Geezer Butler has stated that the song's meaning is floating through the universe with one's lover. The lyrics to the demo version as available on the special edition reissue of Paranoid were ad-libbed by Osbourne about an outing in the woods. The song appears on their 1970 breakthrough album Paranoid. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne uses a Leslie speaker to achieve the vocals' treble and vibration effects. The piano parts on the track were played by album engineer Tom Allom. Iommi overdubbed flute to the reversed multitrack master which was then re-forwarded and treated with stereo delay. Pantera cover "Planet Caravan" was covered by American heavy metal band Pantera for their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven. Music video A video was produced for the song. All of the computer-generated visuals for the video were taken from Karl Sims digital animation "Panspermia" produced for the 1991 SIGGRAPH conference. The "Planet Caravan" video has been

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Rat Salad

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Rat Salad

Paranoid is the second studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, it was the band's only LP to top the UK Albums Chart until the release of 13 in 2013. Paranoid contains several of the band's signature songs, including "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and the title track, which was the band's only Top 20 hit, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. It is often cited as an influential album in the development of heavy metal music. Recording In an effort to capitalise on the recent UK chart success of their eponymous debut album, Black Sabbath returned to the studio with producer Rodger Bain in June 1970, just four months after the album was released. Paranoid was recorded at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios in London, England. The album's title track was written as an afterthought. As drummer Bill Ward explains: "We didn't have enough songs for the album, and Tony (Iommi) just played the guitar lick and that was it. It took twenty, twenty-five minutes from top to bottom."[2] I

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Psycho Man (Black Sabbath song)

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Psycho Man (Black Sabbath song)

"Psycho Man" is a single by heavy metal band Black Sabbath.[1] It was originally released on the Reunion album in 1998, and was the first of two new singles from the album, the other being "Selling My Soul." The song reached number 3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. The song was later included in Ozzy Osbourne's 2005 box set Prince of Darkness. The music and lyrics were written by singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi. Psycho Man and Selling My Soul are the only Black Sabbath songs to be credited just to these two members. In Canada, the song reached number 24 on the RPM charts. [2] In 1999, "Psycho Man" was remixed by Danny Saber for No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees; music critic Robert Christgau regarded it as a highlight of the album.[3] Track listing "Psycho Man" (Danny Saber Remix) – 4:17 "Psycho Man" (radio edit) – 4:06 "Psycho Man" (album version) – 5:23 Personnel Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Tony Iommi – guitar Geezer Butler – bass guitar Bill Ward – drums Bo

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song)

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song)

"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is the opening title track of British heavy metal band Black Sabbath's fifth album, released in 1973. Its main riff has been cited as "the riff that saved Black Sabbath"[1] because Tony Iommi, who wrote most of the band's music, had been suffering from writer's block.[2][3] They resorted to drastic measures (including renting out the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle to live in) to inspire him.[2][3] The song has been singled out for praise by hard rock and heavy metal guitar players, with Slash from Guns N' Roses stating to Guitar World in 2008, "The outro to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' is the heaviest shit I have ever heard in my life. To this day, I haven't heard anything as heavy that has as much soul." Brent Hinds of Mastodon agrees, telling Nick Bowcott in 2008, "The 'dreams turn to nightmares, Heaven turns to Hell' riff at the end of that song is unbeatable." The song was rarely played live in the 1970s. During the Heaven & Hell Tour, it was brought back for a number of

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Sleeping Village

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Sleeping Village

Black Sabbath is the debut studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom and on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Charts and number 23 on the Billboard charts. Black Sabbath is widely considered the first heavy metal album.[2] Additionally, the opening track of the album, "Black Sabbath", is widely considered to be the first doom metal song.[3] Recording According to Black Sabbath's guitarist and founder member Tony Iommi, the group's debut album was recorded in a single day on 16 October 1969.[4][nb 1] The session lasted twelve hours.[6] Iommi said: "We just went in the studio and did it in a day, we played our live set and that was it. We actually thought a whole day was quite a long time, then off we went the next day to play for £20 in Switzerland."[7] Aside from the bells, thunder and rain sound effects added to the beginning of the opening track, and the double-tracked guitar solos on "N.I.B." and

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Supernaut (song)

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Supernaut (song)

"Supernaut" is the fifth song from the album Vol. 4 by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. In an interview with Q magazine, Beck Hansen named the "Supernaut" riff as his all-time favourite, equal with Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl". The song was also a favorite of Frank Zappa[1] and John Bonham.[2] When played live, the song frequently featured a drum solo. Personnel Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Tony Iommi – guitars Geezer Butler – bass guitar Bill Ward – drums, percussion Technical personnel Colin Caldwell, Vic Smith – engineering Patrick Meehan – production 1000 Homo DJs version The song was covered by Ministry side project 1000 Homo DJs in 1990. It was released as a 12-inch and CD single. The CD version of the single also contains the songs "Apathy" and "Better Ways", from the band's 1988 debut single, "Apathy."[3] Ned Raggett of AllMusic praised the cover, writing that "the title track is something else again, one of Al Jourgensen's best efforts at creating completely over-the-top ind

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Sweet Leaf

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Sweet Leaf

"Sweet Leaf" is a song by Black Sabbath from their third studio album Master of Reality, released in 1971. It is considered as one of the band's signature songs. It was included on their initial greatest hits compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (1976). Overview The song begins with a tape loop of guitarist Tony Iommi coughing from a joint he was smoking with bandmate Ozzy Osbourne.[1] The song refers to marijuana, which the band was using frequently.[2] The title of the song was taken from a packet of Irish cigarettes which said "It's the sweet leaf". Significance Sweet Leaf, alongside the rest of Masters of Reality arguably represents the origin of the stoner rock genre. In 2015 a compilation album, also titled Sweet Leaf, comprising covers of Black Sabbath songs by stoner rock bands was released by Deadline Music.[3] "Sweet Leaf" was ranked the 10th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[4] References Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black

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Tomorrow's Dream (song)

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Tomorrow's Dream (song)

"Tomorrow's Dream" is a song by English rock band Black Sabbath which was released on their fourth studio album Vol. 4 in 1972. The song was released as the only single from the album but failed to chart anywhere. The B-side of the single was another song from the album, "Laguna Sunrise". The song is written in the key of C# minor.[1] Covers Seattle band Screaming Trees as the B-side of their 1992 single "Dollar Bill". Canadian band Sheavy on their Untitled three-song 7-inch.[2] Maryland band Pentagram on the compilation album Sweet Leaf: A Stoner Rock Salute to Black Sabbath References "Tomorrow's Dream tabs by Black Sabbath". Retrieved 24 August 2013. "sHeavy Cover Songs". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2011. External links Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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Symptom of the Universe (song)

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Symptom of the Universe (song)

"Symptom of the Universe" is a song by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1975 album Sabotage. The song was an early influence on the development of thrash metal. Overview "Symptom of the Universe" was composed largely by guitarist Tony Iommi, with lyrics by Geezer Butler. Its closing passage, very unlike the rest of the song, evolved from an in-studio jam, created spontaneously in a single day.[1] Live versions can be heard on the albums Past Lives, Cross Purposes Live and Live... Gathered in Their Masses,[2] as well as the Never Say Die! concert video.[3] It is also the opening track on Ozzy Osbourne's 1982 live album, Speak of the Devil. The song is featured in the video games Skate 2 and Brütal Legend. "Symptom of the Universe" was ranked the 19th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[4] Musical style The main riff to "Symptom of the Universe" is considered to be a structural and sonic predecessor to thrash metal,[5] a heavy metal subgenre whic

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Turn Up the Night

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Turn Up the Night

Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Rolling Stone [2] The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3] Martin Popoff 10/10[4] Mob Rules is the tenth studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It followed 1980's Heaven and Hell, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio until the 1992 album Dehumanizer.[5] Produced and engineered by Martin Birch, the album received an expanded edition release in 2010. Recording The first new recording Black Sabbath made after the Heaven and Hell album was a version of the title track "The Mob Rules" for the soundtrack of the film Heavy Metal. The track "E5150" is also heard in the film but not included on the soundtrack. According to guitarist Tony Iommi's autobiography Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath, the band began writing and rehearsing songs for Mob Rules at a rented house in Toluca Lake in Los Angeles. Initially t

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Trashed (Black Sabbath song)

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Trashed (Black Sabbath song)

"Trashed" is the opening song from Born Again, by English rock band Black Sabbath. It was one of the first songs created by the incarnation of Sabbath fronted by Ian Gillan.[1] Background "Trashed" relates how Gillan crashed drummer Bill Ward's car during an alcohol-fuelled race around the grounds of the recording studio. The singer recounts: “ I did have a small mishap… having clipped a pile of tyres on a previous lap, I ran over one of them on the next and was instantly flipped, skidding and spinning upside down at a high speed and for a great distance along the road, until I stopped eventually, inches short of the swimming pool. ” "I remember the night that Ian crashed that car…" Ward remarked. "I know why that car crashed and I didn't find it amusing anymore. I went through hell behind narcotic and alcohol addiction, and so things [like] 'I crashed my car, man', I take these things real serious now. It's not fun for me at all… I'm not saying that the song was glamorised, but I prefer not to glamor

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TV Crimes

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TV Crimes

"TV Crimes" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath from their 1992 album Dehumanizer. The single was the band's last to chart in the UK. The song's lyrics deal with scandals involving televangelists in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Music video The music video, directed by Nigel Dick, was shot in Los Angeles. It features the band performing on a television that has been stolen. According to Geezer Butler in an interview featured on Hangin' with Heaven and Hell, the video was shot prior to the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Butler has also commented that the video has nothing at all to do with the lyrics of the song and "makes no sense". Track listing 7" single 1. "TV Crimes" – 3:58 2. "Letters from Earth" (Alternate version) – 4:41 12" single 1. "TV Crimes" – 3:58 2. "Letters from Earth (Alternate version) – 4:41 3. "Time Machine (Wayne's World version) – 4:25 12" picture disc 1. "TV Crimes" – 3:58 2. "Letters from Earth" (alternate version) – 4:41 3. "The Mob Rules" (live) – 3:17 CD Di

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War Pigs

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War Pigs

"War Pigs" is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It is the opening track from their 1970 album Paranoid. Overview The original title of "War Pigs" was "Walpurgis", dealing with the witches' sabbath.[2][3] "Walpurgis is sort of like Christmas for Satanists. And to me, war was the big Satan", said bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler. "It wasn’t about politics or government or anything. It was Evil itself. So I was saying 'generals gathered in the masses / just like witches at black masses' to make an analogy. But when we brought it to the record company, they thought 'Walpurgis' sounded too Satanic. And that's when we turned it into 'War Pigs'. But we didn't change the lyrics, because they were already finished."[4] During this time period, mandatory army service had recently ended in England but with the Vietnam War raging, many young men feared they'd be conscripted to fight in it. "That's what started this whole rebellion thing about not going to war for anybody", said Butler. "I was dreadin

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The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

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The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

"The Wizard" is a song by the British rock band Black Sabbath, taken from their 1970 album Black Sabbath. It is the second track on the record. The song was composed by all four members of the group and was produced by Rodger Bain. "The Wizard" was the B-side to the title track of the band's second album Paranoid. Information "The Wizard" is about a wizard who uses his magic to encourage people he encounters. In a 2005 interview with Metal Sludge, Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler said the song's lyrics were influenced by the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings.[4] It was also believed to be about the band's drug dealer at the time. "The Wizard" was ranked the 25th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[5] Personnel Ozzy Osbourne – vocals, harmonica Tony Iommi – guitar, slide guitar[6] Geezer Butler – bass Bill Ward – drums Covers The song was covered by Bullring Brummies for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black..[

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Solitude (Black Sabbath song)

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Solitude (Black Sabbath song)

Master of Reality is the third studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on 21 July 1971. It is widely regarded as the foundation of doom metal, stoner rock, and sludge metal.[1] It was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies. Master of Reality was Black Sabbath's first and only top 10 album in the US until 13, forty-two years later. Recording Master of Reality was recorded at Island Studios in London from February to April 1971. The album was produced by Rodger Bain, who had also produced Black Sabbath's previous two albums, with future Judas Priest producer Tom Allom handling engineering.[2] This was to be Bain's final collaboration with Black Sabbath as guitarist Tony Iommi took over production duties for the band's next several albums. Drummer Bill Ward explained: "Previously, we didn’t have a clue what to do in the studio, and relied heavily on Rodger. But this time we were a lot more together, understood what was involved and were more opinionated on how thing

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Children of the Sea

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Children of the Sea

"Children of the Sea" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell (1980).[1] Overview Children of the Sea was the first song written by the band following the 1979 departure of original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. The song's melody and lyrics were composed by new singer, Ronnie James Dio, and the music was written largely by guitarist Tony Iommi.[2] After first meeting Iommi in 1979, Dio arrived at the guitarist's Los Angeles house for a jam session, and on that occasion the duo wrote the song.[3] "Tony had this great riff he played me but nothing to go with it," recalled Dio. "I said, 'Gimme a minute' and went into the corner and started writing down the words." Iommi recalled the moment as a turning point in Black Sabbath's career, saying "It was exciting and challenging because we were doing things that quite frankly would have been beyond us with Ozzy. He wasn't that sort of singer."[2] Iommi claims to still possess a very early demo recording of the song

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Snowblind (Black Sabbath song)

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Snowblind (Black Sabbath song)

Vol. 4 is the fourth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. It was the first album by Black Sabbath not produced by Rodger Bain; guitarist Tony Iommi assumed production duties. Patrick Meehan, the band's then-manager, was listed as co-producer, though his actual involvement in the album's production was minimal. Recording In June 1972, Black Sabbath began work on their fourth album at the Record Plant studios in Los Angeles. "It's the first album we've produced ourselves," observed Ozzy Osbourne. "Previously we had Rodger Bain as a producer – and, although he's very good, he didn't really feel what the band was doing. It was a matter of communication. This time, we did it with Patrick, our manager, and I think we're all very happy… It was great to work in an American studio."[1] The recording was plagued with problems, many due to substance abuse. In the studio, the band regularly had speaker boxes full of cocaine delivered.[2] Struggling to record "Cornucopia" after

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Call of the Wild (Black Sabbath song)

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Call of the Wild (Black Sabbath song)

Headless Cross is the fourteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released on 24 April 1989, it was the group's second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first of three to feature drummer Cozy Powell, along with Tyr and Forbidden. Recording and production According to Tony Iommi's autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, the band were dropped from Warner Bros. Records in 1988 after an eighteen-year deal and after Vertigo Records had also dropped them. He met Miles Copeland, who owned I.R.S. Records at the time. Copeland told him: "You know how to write albums, you know what people want. You do it and I'm fine with it." This persuaded Iommi to sign to I.R.S.[1] Iommi asked British drummer Cozy Powell – who had played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, MSG and Whitesnake, among others – if he wanted to join Sabbath. Iommi and Powell began writing songs at the former's home, with Tony Martin joining for rehearsals. Iommi got a call from Gloria Butle

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It's Alright (Black Sabbath song)

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It's Alright (Black Sabbath song)

Technical Ecstasy is the seventh studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and released in September 1976. The album was certified Gold on 19 June 1997[2] and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.[3] Recording After frustrating legal battles that accompanied the recording of 1975's Sabotage, Sabbath chose Miami's Criteria Studios for the making of Technical Ecstasy, which continued the band's separation from the doom and darkness that had been a trademark of their earlier albums. "Some people may have heard the band in 1970," noted Iommi, "and be thinking, 'Oh no, not them again!' But if they heard us now, they probably might like us."[4] In the July 2001 issue of Guitar World, Dan Epstein wrote, "The sessions proved extremely relaxing for everyone except Iommi, who was left to oversee the production while the others sunned themselves on the beach." Iommi explained to the same magazine in 1992, "We recorded the album in Miami, and nobody would take re

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Hand of Doom

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Hand of Doom

"Hand of Doom" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, originally appearing on their second album Paranoid, released in 1970. Background The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England from the Vietnam War in the late 1960s with severe drug addictions.[1] The song paints an unflattering picture of hard drug use. The lyrics were written by Geezer Butler while the music is credited to the entire band. Cover versions The song has been covered by various bands, including: Slayer on the 2000 Black Sabbath tribute album, Nativity in Black II. Danzig on its 1996 album, Blackacidevil, and on the Black Sabbath fan compilation, Nativity in Black III, based on the tribute albums Nativity in Black I and II. Isis on its 1999 EP, Sawblade. Eyehategod on a split album with Anal Cunt. Orange Goblin on a split with Electric Wizard. HIM as one of their B-sides on the single The Funeral of Hearts, and on their 2007 compilation album, Uneasy

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