Top 10 Reasons Why Black Sabbath Created Heavy Metal

This list is for all the people who claim Black Sabbath didn't invent Heavy Metal.

The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath introduced darkness into metal

Black Sabbath's debut is the first proper metal album because of the heaviness of riffs, dark atmosphere, and occult themes. Deep Purple In Rock is not a metal album because it lacks the heaviness to be considered metal. One can easily tell if an album is metal, because metal has a certain degree of heaviness that hard rock simply doesn't have.

Black Sabbath created heavy metal and not Deep Purple because they had the darkness and occult themes. Deep Purple only sings about rainbows and I hate rainbows.

Oh yes the band that pretty much ripped off Coven (another rock group) was the one that made the genre "satanic".

@Rambles their lyrics were dark, not their music... well except for black metal, it's really dark musically, but death and thrash metal only dark on the lyrics... musically death and thrash metal are closer to hardcore punk than Black Sabbath's down-tuned songs...

2 Black Sabbath combined hard rock, blues, jazz, and classical music to create heavy metal

Some people on this site believe that Deep Purple combined all these genres and invented metal with fast tempos and monster guitar solos, but Black Sabbath had some of that too. Listen to Paranoid and Children of the Grave. While Deep Purple helped influence some aspects of heavy metal, Black Sabbath is the true inventor of Metal.

It all began with Black Sabbath, a few months before In Rock by Deep Purple came out, and even then that album isn't metal. Deep Purple is not metal. How can they invent something that they don't play?

It was Jon Lord from Deep Purple. He combined blues, rock, jazz, classical before any other band or artist out there. Which was later developed in various metal songs. Ritchie Blackmore combined Jimi Hendrix's psych rock style and Jon Lord's classical-rock fusion. Glenn Tipton was inspired by Rory Gallagher's playing and achieved the style of blues rock with Ritchie and Lord's fast guitar/organ playing. KK downing was heavily inspired by Jimi Hendrix. He also had followed Ritchie Blackmore. - zxm

Andromeda already did this in 1969. Listen to the song "Return to Sanity" there are elements from every genre in this song you mentioned. by the way jazz and blues only make a metal song less metal or not metal.

3 Black Sabbath was the heaviest band ever when their debut album came out

And it's title track was the darkest and heaviest song at it's time. Other songs like Kick Out The Jams, Speed King, 21st Century Schizoid Man, and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida are not heavy enough to be considered metal, and all of them are just hard rock with the exception of 21st Century which is heavy jazz fusion.

And it's title track was by far the darkest and heaviest song at the time. MC5 is soft compared to the gods of extreme metal.

Metal_Treasure saying Black Sabbath is not metal is like saying water is not wet

Not even close.

4 Black Sabbath unarguably created doom metal

True, but Doom metal is one of the smaller genres. Black Sabbath also created all extreme metal genres because of their heaviness and occult themes of which Deep Purple did not have.

A subgenre that, compared to Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, and Power Metal, is very small.

I think this is true. They invented doom and that's all. But doom metal is one of the smallest metal subgenres even after 50 years and there's a reason for that. All major metal subgenres are fast and have elements that were invented by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

Rambles, if doom metal is a "huge" genre, how would you describe the size of thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, power metal,...? - Metal_Treasure

5 Black Sabbath invented Progressive Metal with the album Sabotage

Progressive Metal was formed alongside Progressive Rock. The creation of the genre was a dual effort between some heavy metal bands (Black Sabbath) and some prog rock bands (King Crimson). Deep Purple and Black Sabbath both influenced progressive metal, but the genre is very broad and some bands (Dream Theater) sound close to power metal whereas others (Opeth) sound more extreme. Black Sabbath had more influence over extreme metal, and Deep Purple had more influence over Power Metal due to lack of occult themes in the genre and Ian Gillan's operatic vocals.

The Writ (1975) and several songs from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) can be classified as early prog metal. Child In Time by Deep Purple (1970) is also a progressive song but it isn't necessarily metal. King Crimson and Atomic Rooster also created some music which can be classified as progressive proto-metal.

Black Sabbath created heavy metal with their self-titled debut then they went progressive with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage. Other bands like Rush, Fates Warning, and Metallica would soon follow. Every metal subgenre started as a Black Sabbath song and this time it was The Writ, the definition of progressive metal.

This has got to be a joke. Even songs like Child In Time and 21st Century Schizoid Man (both which came out years before Sabotage) are closer to Prog Metal than Black Sabbath ever was.

Maybe the songs are more progressive already on this one, but they didn't invented progressive metal with this...

6 Black Sabbath created Christian Metal with the song After Forever

Christian Metal isn't a genre, but a lyrical theme inspired by Christianity. "Christian" metal bands play all metal genres (Tourniquet and Deliverance play thrash, Mortification death, Theocracy power, Shadow Gallery progressive, and Trouble doom) but with Christian lyrics.

In the meantime I made a list - Top 10 Reasons Why After Forever by Black Sabbath Didn't Create Christian Metal - Metal_Treasure

Christian Metal isn't a music subgenre - it's a group of metal bands with lyrics inspired by Christian books. So how exactly did Black Sabbath invent a music subgenre that doesn't exist?
The so called Christian Metal bands play all existing metal subgenres (thrash, death, power, prog, etc.) but with Christian lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

7 Black Sabbath made Proto Thrash songs like Symptom of the Universe

Paranoid (1970) is somewhat like thrash metal. Children of the Grave (1971) and Symptom of the Universe (1975) are even closer.

Other songs worth mentioning are Breadfan by Budgie (1973) and Stone Cold Crazy by Queen (1974).

Some of Judas Priest's early music can be considered a precursor to thrash metal, specifically Tyrant (1976), Call for the Priest and Dissident Aggressor (1977), and Exciter and Saints in Hell (1978).

Lightning to the Nations by Diamond Head (1980) and Welcome to Hell by Venom (1981) can be considered the first albums with several thrash metal songs, but Kill Em All by Metallica (1983) was the first with an album's worth of thrash.

Once again, how can a band invent something that they don't play. Queen is a soft rock group, not a thrash metal group, so they can't invent thrash if they don't play it. Black Sabbath created extreme metal and they play extreme metal so they invented thrash with Symptom of the Universe, need I mention Symptom of the Universe is far heavier, faster, and more brutal than anything written by Queen?

The closest to proto-thrash is Stone Cold Crazy by Queen (1974) that came out before Symptom of the Universe (1975). - Metal_Treasure

Thrash metal is aggressive and very fast (even faster than speed metal) but this song has nothing aggression. by the way I just say what somebody said under a forum: "It's only thrash metal in the way where Deep Purple's Fireball is thrash metal"

8 Most metal bands say Black Sabbath are an influence to their band

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Venom, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Dream Theater were all influenced by Black Sabbath. Some of these bands were also influenced by Deep Purple, but Black Sabbath is almost always the biggest influence.

Ask Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Dream Theater who their biggest influence were and they will say Black Sabbath. Without Black Sabbath, none of these bands would exist.

Say what you want about Sabbath not being influential, if you ask metal musicians, they will acknowledge them as pioneers. - JoLeKosovo

But these are doom metal bands, but as I said, doom metal is just a very little part of metal. This is why I said it's not what metal is about... but if it's misleading, then: it's not what metal is ONLY about

9 Their imagery inspired many metal bands

Black Sabbath's imagery inspired many metal bands. Deep Purple's did not. Rainbow's inspired some power metal and symphonic metal, but Sabbath inspired all other genres.

I agree their imagery inspired many metal bands but imagery / lyrics are from a different genre - literature. It's not related to music - music uses notes, literature uses words. Music is more important than the lyrics when we talk about creation of a music genre. Music is like a T-bone steak, lyrics are like side dishes / salads. You can eat your steak without salads (example - metal instrumentals). - Metal_Treasure

DP's imagery inspired more metal bands than Black Sabbath... more well known metal musicians praised DP more than Black Sabbath.

And Deep Purple was a lot closer to Power Metal/Symphonic Metal/NWOBHM/Progressive Metal and Even Melodeath bands than Black Sabbath... metal is not only extreme metal.

10 Black Sabbath introduced Stoner lyrics to Metal

Umm, metal isn't known for putting a great emphasis on stoner lyrics. From thrash metal to power metal to death metal - it isn't full with stoner lyrics... - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Each member of the original lineup inspired many metal musicians

Ozzy Osbourne created heavy metal. Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Hansi Kursch, and Ronnie James Dio were all inspired by him.

Tony Iommi invented the guitar riff.

Most metal drummers sound more like Bill Ward and not Ian Paice.

Keyboards aren't a metal instrument and Black Sabbath didn't have them.

With the exception of Ozzy Osbourne, who had zero talent.

Just curious: what metal singers were inspired by Ozzy singing?... Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Michael Kiske, Geoff Tate, Hansi Kursch, Tom Araya...?
Also, Ritchie Blackmore influenced the next generations of metal guitarists much more than Tony Iommi. Ritchie Blackmore was faster, more technical, more creative, more innovative and overall, his style was more metal.
Ian Paice introduced double bass drumming to metal music and double bass became an essential part of metal music, etc. - Metal_Treasure

-Most metal guitarists played riffs and solos like Blackmore (shredding, classical inspirations)
-Most metal bassists played bass like Hughes
-Most metal drummers played drums like Paice (double-bass)
-Most metal singers sung like Gillan (screams)
-and Maybe organ solos by Lord wasn't too popular and necessary in metal, but still many well known metal musicians praised and respected Jon Lord so much.

Iommi was an influence on metal riffs, though not the sole one. Blackmore was indeed more influential on solos.
Ian Paice on drums, yeah, okay, kind of.
Hughes on bass? Hell no. Geezer was much more influential as a metal bassist. Great lines, talented man.
Ian Gillian, I agree.
Jon Lord? Now you're stretching. - JoLeKosovo

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