Top Ten Arguments Black Sabbath Did Not Create Heavy MetalI love Sabbath, but they didn’t create metal.
This list was inspired by Metal_Treasure’s list about why War Pigs didn’t create power metal.
The Top Ten
This is a good list, it will get this misconception out of the way, or at least educate some people about it - kempokid
I get that they were influential in the crafting of the genre, but that does not mean that they created the entire genre. I don’t think there is a sole creator of metal.
Deep Purple wasn't heavier, they had less metal songs than Black Sabbath. 2 or 4 songs on in rock were metal, and highway star. Judas Priest released their first album in 74, and it didn't have many screams. Black Sabbath's first album was heavily metal, the first song, NIB, and Behind the Wall of sleep.
They both have screams, which Black Sabbath has never had, and...just listen to Child In Time and Painkiller and you’ll know what I mean.
Not all metal is dark, listen to almost any power metal band. Just because they had dark lyrics and subject matters does not mean they created the entire metal genre.
This is a big one. They almost unarguably created doom metal, but just because they created one incredibly monotonous, boring, repetitive genre doesn’t mean they created every sub genre.
They have downtuned guitar, that doesn’t make them heavy. They’re more of a bluesy hard rock band that just barely qualifies as metal.
No, they’re not. I’m not saying all metal is aggressive, but a lot of metal is fast and aggressive, which Black Sabbath is neither of.
Example: Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc.
They were one of the creators, doesn’t mean they’re the sole creator!
So what if they look metal? Doesn’t mean they are metal.
If you listen to War Pigs, it’s incredibly long and monotonous. It sounds way more bluesy than metal. A lot of their songs are like that. They are metal, but a lot of their music is bluesy hard rock.