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The birth of Heavy Metal: Black Sabbath

Once upon a time, in a world far, far away there was no such thing as heavy metal. The world was populated with clean cut singers in fancy sweater vest, happily singing about birds and boppers and how you “shake my nerves and rattle my brains”. There was peace in the world, or at least, that is what the hippy culture was demanding.

And then the history of music changed forever…

In an instant the music scene changed forever: 1968 the year that heavy  metal music was born! Prior to the incarnation that heavy metal fans around the world would come to know as Black Sabbath, the group has many names, The Polka Tulk Blues Band and Earth to name just a few.  Back in 1969, while the band was touring through England, the were often being confused with another English band called Earth and they decided to change their name one last time.  During rehearsal one evening, while looking out the window Geezer Butler was watching people on the city street line up to see the new Boris Karloff movie “Black Sabbath”.  At that point a conversation ensued between band front man Ozzy Osbourne and Butler about how extraordinary it is that people will pay so much money to see scary movies.  This was a defining moment in the history of music, it is the moment that the band we have come to know and love was born.

The band consisted of 4 long haired, mustached Brits. All of them hell bent on making music and leaving their mark on the world. Through the use of dark, demonic lyrics, and “The Devils Interval” (more formally known as the musical tritone),the days of flower power and hippy love were soon left behind for a more ominous, dangerous song that was once referred to as the most evil song ever written: Black Sabbath.

Founding Line-Up:

  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tony Lommi
  • Geezer Butler
  • Bill Ward

It was in 1969 that Black Sabbath became the official name of the band, and the name of their first album. It is the core sound of those ominous and gloomy lyrics from songs like Evil Woman, Children of the Grave and Sweat Leaf that have really defined the early days of the music genre.

Often sighted throughout the years for suicides, angry teens and other negative situations in the media; the heavy metal genre gave voice to a generation of people who needed an outlet for their fears, horrors and angers. Once heavy metal had been born, it opened the doors for new styles and new influences. Nowadays we know things like speed metal, death metal, doom metal, grunge and more. All because 4 guys in a band were inspired by a movie poster all the way back in 1969.

So, who do we have to thank today for modern metal music? Is it the band Black Sabbath, are they the founding fore fathers of this dark and dangerous musical movement? Or was it really director Mario Brava and actor Boris Karloff and with their night of nightmares in this 1960’s cult classic: Black Sabbath.

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Once upon a time, in a world far, far away there was no such thing as heavy metal. The world was populated with clean cut singers in fancy sweater vest, happily singing about birds and boppers and how you “shake my nerves and rattle my brains”. There was peace in the world, or at least, that is what the hippy culture was demanding.

And then the history of music changed forever…

In an instant the music scene changed forever: 1968 the year that heavy  metal music was born! Prior to the incarnation that heavy metal fans around the world would come to know as Black Sabbath, the group has many names, The Polka Tulk Blues Band and Earth to name just a few.  Back in 1969, while the band was touring through England, the were often being confused with another English band called Earth and they decided to change their name one last time.  During rehearsal one evening, while looking out the window Geezer Butler was watching people on the city street line up to see the new Boris Karloff movie “Black Sabbath”.  At that point a conversation ensued between band front man Ozzy Osbourne and Butler about how extraordinary it is that people will pay so much money to see scary movies.  This was a defining moment in the history of music, it is the moment that the band we have come to know and love was born.

The band consisted of 4 long haired, mustached Brits. All of them hell bent on making music and leaving their mark on the world. Through the use of dark, demonic lyrics, and “The Devils Interval” (more formally known as the musical tritone),the days of flower power and hippy love were soon left behind for a more ominous, dangerous song that was once referred to as the most evil song ever written: Black Sabbath.

 

So, who do we have to thank today for modern metal music? Is it the band Black Sabbath, are they the founding fore fathers of this dark and dangerous musical movement? Or was it really director Mario Brava and actor Boris Karloff and with their night of nightmares in this 1960’s cult classic: Black Sabbath.

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