Into the Void (Black Sabbath song)

"Into the Void" is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1971 on their album Master of Reality. An early version of "Into the Void" called "Spanish Sid" was released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. It is written in the key of C# minor.

"Into the Void"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
RecordedRecord Plant, Los Angeles, California
Songwriter(s)Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s)Rodger Bain

Various artists have covered the song, including Soundgarden, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Sleep, Dr. Know, Cavity, Exhorder, Lumsk, Dimmi Argus[1] and Orange Goblin.[citation needed]

"Into the Void" was ranked the 13th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[2]

In Soundgarden's version, the original lyrics are replaced by words of protest by Chief Seattle, which fit the metre of the song.[3] At the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, the appropriately renamed "Into the Void (Sealth)" received a nomination for Best Metal Performance.[4]

"Into the Void"
Single by Kyuss
from the album Into the Void
A-side"Into the Void"
B-side"Fatso Forgotso"
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1996
RecordedRancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, California
LabelMan's Ruin Records
Songwriter(s)Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Kyuss singles chronology
"Into the Void"


"Into the Void" has been listed as a favorite song by some of heavy metal's most notable performers. James Hetfield from Metallica lists "Into the Void" as his favorite Black Sabbath track.[5] Eddie Van Halen has listed the song's main riff as one of his all-time favorites.[6] Washington, D.C. hardcore punk band, Void took their name from the song.[7]


  1. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: DIMMI ARGUS "Bad Dream" (2013)". Metal Archives. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  2. ^ Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 978-3868526462.
  3. ^ "Soundgarden". Guitar for the Practicing Musician. December 1992.
  4. ^ "35th Grammy Awards - 1993". Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  5. ^ Hetfield, James (March 2010). "30 on 30". Guitar World. 31 (3).
  6. ^ Payne, Chris (November 12, 2015). "Watch Eddie Van Halen Pick His All-Time Favorite Guitar Riffs". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Finn, Craig. "The Faith and Void: the glorious Dischord of 1980s harDCore punk". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2019.

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