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15 Essential Original Lineup Black Sabbath Songs

Black Sabbath created the template for heavy metal and thrash. But it's instructive to acknowledge just how unique Black Sabbath were when they first emerged. Those first eight albums are essential.

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Kenna Burima - "The Warning" (audio) (Premiere)

Kenna Burima used Black Sabbath as the key influence on her jazzy, bass clarinet-driven number "The Warning". PopMatters has the exclusive premiere.

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Guessing the 2014 Grammys

Predictions and behind-the-scenes info on who will win the 2014 Grammys in ten major categories.

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Counterbalance No. 135: Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

Day of judgement, God is calling. On their knees the war pig's crawling, begging mercy for their sins. Satan laughing spreads his wings, probably listening to the 135th most acclaimed album of all time. Oh lord yeah!

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Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi: Who Cares

Afew good tunes and a lot of throwaway stuff, all for a good cause.

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What Is This that Stands Before Me? 'Black Sabbath & Philosophy: Mastering Reality'

Black Sabbath & Philosophy grants a fresh perspective on metal's most important band and affirms the significant philosophical weight behind Sabbath's murky riffs and lyrics.

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Tours from the Crypt: Ozzy Osbourne, 'Speak of the Devil'

Speak of the Devil holds the sad place of siphoning off an unfortunate moment in the past for any additional revenues it might yield.

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The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.

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Black Dice: Mr. Impossible

Black Dice’s newest album sees them treading the line between noise and pop without conclusively choosing either.

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Hellsongs: Long Live Lounge

Swedish lounge masters deftly transform metal masterpieces into pop standards.

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The Pop Fan's Most-Anticipated Albums of 2012?

Here’s a look at what might be taking space in your CD collection or filling up your MP3 player this year.

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'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' ... and So Say All of Us

To say that God Bless Ozzy Osbourne humanizes its titular subject may be a gargantuan understatement.

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Born Again, Again

Critically panned 28 years ago, Black Sabbath's bizarre 11th album, Born Again, has gone on to earn a cult following of its own.

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10 Albums That Supposedly Suck (But Don't)

Some of these are hopefully no-brainers, others may be head-scratchers. All of them are albums that deserve a fresh appraisal.

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Five Songs About Wizards, Witches, and Other Spellcasters

The final Harry Potter film is upon us, so why not spin these magic-tinged tunes to commemorate the occasion?

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Hey Gibson, Let's Talk Guitar Albums: An Alternative Top 10

When it comes to matters of taste and ranking (a particularly combustible combination), there is no pleasing everyone. In fact, there is no pleasing anyone, since the list makers themselves are invariably disappointed or frustrated. And yet...

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Black Sabbath: Classic Albums: Paranoid

Black Sabbath's classic second album is given a throrough dissection on one of the best releases in the Classic Albums series.

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Black Sabbath 1968 - 1979: A Lyrical Reassessment

Black Sabbath, during Ozzy's original tenure, had at least as much in common with the 1960s counter-culture that preceded them as they did with the waves of metal bands that followed them in the 1980s and beyond.

Andy Johnson
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Fade to Black: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio kicked off the '80s by helming Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne's departure. During the '80s, he routinely shunned temptation to soften or commercialize his sound. 20 years later, metal is immeasurably the better thanks to his efforts.

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A Light in the Black: Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010

In a genre that loves its iconic figures, Ronnie James Dio was one of the biggest. Sadly, one of metal's ageless wonders proved to be mortal after all.

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Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

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Black Sabbath's Old Riffs Sound Much More Evil Than Their Contemporaries'

Black Sabbath invented metal. There was no metal, and then there was Sabbath, and now there is metal. If you need more proof than that, it can be found in this overly-academic book.

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Paint It Black (Sabbath)

A case could be made that Sabbath is by far the most misunderstood and underrated band. Ever. (Indeed, I've already made that case. Now I'm going to make it again.)

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See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me…Sell Me

Pete Townshend is selling (his soul), but who's buying? Not I.

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To Hell and Back: Black Sabbath's Dio Years

Ronnie James Dio's original three-year sojourn with Black Sabbath was mercurial, but it completely transformed and re-energized the band.

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Into the Void: John Darnielle on Sabbath, Extreme Metal, and Indie Rock

Begrand dives into metal fandom with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, who discusses the Mighty Riff, the uneasy relationship between indie and metal camps, and the life experiences behind his new book on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.

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Heaven and Hell

While the band morphed so many times that it's tough to call anything a true Sabbath reunion, everyone and their stud-jacket granny is calling it that. Ozzy who?

Adam Williams
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Out of Shadows, Shining Ever-Bright

After catching the reunited '80s-era, Ronnie James Dio-helmed Black Sabbath on tour in Canada, Begrand looks back on an oft-neglected period in the metal titans' career.

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Black Sabbath: The Dio Years

Ronnie James Dio's tenure in Black Sabbath was brief, but it resulted in some of the greatest songs in heavy metal history.

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Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits 1970-1978

Does Ozzy want a special prize for helping to invent the power ballad? Because I've got a bullet with his name on it right here, if so.

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It's Just Honest Music: An Interview with Geezer Butler

The Black Sabbath bassist and GZR frontman goes from politicians to skulls in just two degrees.

David Marchese
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Black Sabbath: Past Lives

Together, the two discs compliment each other well in an odd and circular way. Both are representative of what Sabbath was in the '70s; if they weren't on, they were off and on the verge of destruction.

Michael Christopher

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