Without Black Sabbath there wouldn't be ...
According to academic's Black Sabbath created heavy metal plus the 108 (probably more) sub-genres attached to it. Learned people studying serious subjects at university write essays analysing their influence on music, not bad for a bunch of working class lads from Birmingham!
After 40 years of intense creative output, whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em (though does anyone REALLY hate Sabbath?) their influence on those that have come after them is undeniable. The list is long but here’s a reminder that without Black Sabbath we wouldn’t have:
Would Master Of Puppets exist without Black Sabbath? Would you really want to find out?
The California-based group helped shape the hardcore punk scene back in the 80s. A scene that directly influenced Green Day and the pop-punk stylings of the 90s. Flag's Lead singer Henry Rollins often declares his love for the original heavy music pioneers.
The Sabbath influences can be heard all over desert-stoner-rock outfit Kyuss before Homme branched out and created desert-stoner-rock outfit Queens Of The Stone Age.
Grunge – all of it!
Kurt Cobain himself described Nirvana's sound best in their band bio ”I think we sound like The Knack and the Bay City Rollers being molested by Black Flag and Black Sabbath.”
Many argue the band who invented heavy metal are one of the biggest influences on grunge. From Mudhoney to Alice In Chains and all the Subpop related groups inbetween, the band’s signature fuzzy, sludgy guitars and propelling drums helped create one of the biggest music moments in the past 25 years.
Guns 'n' Roses
The recently reformed band whose own legacy isn’t one to be sniffed at owes a hell of a lot to the Birmingham lads. Guitarist Slash often cites Sabbath’s Paranoid album for helping create the template he builds his iconic riffs on.