Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song)
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|"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"|
|Single by Black Sabbath|
|from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath|
|Released||1 December 1973 (UK)|
January 1974 (US)
Warner Bros. (US)
|Songwriter(s)||Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward|
|Black Sabbath singles chronology|
Its main riff has been cited as "the riff that saved Black Sabbath" because Tony Iommi, who wrote most of the band's music, had been suffering from writer's block. They resorted to drastic measures (including renting out the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle to live in) to inspire him.
The song has been singled out for praise by hard rock and heavy metal guitar players, with Slash from Guns N' Roses stating to Guitar World in 2008, "The outro to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' is the heaviest shit I have ever heard in my life. To this day, I haven't heard anything as heavy that has as much soul." Brent Hinds of Mastodon agrees, telling Nick Bowcott in 2008, "The 'dreams turn to nightmares, Heaven turns to Hell' riff at the end of that song is unbeatable."
The song was rarely played live in the 1970s. During the Heaven & Hell Tour, it was brought back for a number of shows, then dropped. On the Cross Purposes tour, it usually closed shows, while on the Forbidden tour, it was in the middle of the setlist and featured additional guitar by Geoff Nicholls.
During Sabbath's late-1990s Reunion tour, the song was played but shortened, dropping the final vocal section. During the 13 Tour and The End Tour, the opening riff was played as an intro to "Paranoid".
- Swedish pop band The Cardigans, on their 1994 album, Emmerdale.
- Thrash metal band Anthrax, on their 1987 EP I'm the Man.
- Bluegrass band Iron Horse, on their album Black & Bluegrass: A Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath.
- Godspeed with Bruce Dickinson, on the tribute album Nativity in Black.
- Today Is the Day, on the Hydra Head seven inch tribute In These Black Days and a hidden bonus track on their album Temple of the Morning Star.
- Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth, a bonus track on their 2002 album Versus the World.
- Houston heavy metal band Ripper, on their 2015 release Third Witness, featuring Steve Sylvester from Death SS on vocals.
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- Lammers, Tony Iommi with T.J. (2012). Iron man : my journey through heaven and hell with Black Sabbath (1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed.). Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306821451.
- Scott, Peter (May 1998). "Tony Iommi Interview". Southern Cross (Sabbath fanzine). No. 21. p. 43.