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 Posted: Thu Feb 13th, 2020 06:20 pm
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Erick Von Erich wrote: There's always somebody who points out bands like Blue Cheer or even some Hendrix tracks (as the Rolling Stone article does) were "heavy metal". No offense to that, because their tunes kick tushy-- but I think there's no harm in marking "Black Sabbath" as the birth of heavy metal. And best use of Drop D tuning.

I don't think there can be much doubt that Black Sabbath, and in particular Tony Iommi's riffs, were the true birth of heavy metal as we know it.  Of course there was an evolution, and Hendrix, Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, and all the other usual candidates were a huge part of that.  But putting it all together into the package now recognized as heavy metal, both sound and look, was so clearly Sabbath that it's not worth debating.   

Last edited on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 06:30 pm by srossi

This thread was great before AA ruined it.