Bust out the black light, the lava lamp, fat hand dipped candle and your dad’s 4 foot bong! Black Sabbath is the beginning of what is considered “Heavy” in Rock and Roll. If it’s loud, if it’s dirty, if it makes you grind your teeth and thrash your head about uncontrollably than there’s a good chance that it’s roots can be traced back to the heaviest of heavies. Here’s just a handful of songs that owe a bit of a tribute to Black Sabbath, enjoy. Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf ~67 minutes
Ozzy is the Prince of Darkness and he is the grandfather of Heavy Metal- any argument to the contrary is laughable. The myth is mightier than the man, no matter how you feel about his vocal skills or his songwriting or even his frantic antics onstage, Ozzy Osbourne is the incarnation of Heavy Metal. After leaving Black Sabbath, the Gods of Metal smiled down upon Ozzy, bestowing the golden guitarist Randy Rhodes upon his Ozzifulness. The collaboration bore much Heavy fruit, hundreds- nay, thousands- nay, hundreds of thousands of young, long haired, mono-syllabic suburbanites began to bang their heads simultaneously, shaking the roots of rock and roll to its very foundation. Garages across middle American were the petri dishes of what would become fondly known as- for decades to come- “80’s music”. Heavy Metal was just one musical facet of that glorious diamond of a decade, genre upon genre upon genre seeped into the mainstream propelling the x generation towards mediocrity and malaise. What began as Heavy Metal in the early 80’s evolved and mutated into speed metal, death metal, industrial, metalcore, black metal, hardcore, thrash metal and anything you could bang your head to. So, what are you waiting for? Start Banging!