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Black Sabbath were filmed live at L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris performing songs from the first album and Paranoid on 20 December 1970.

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Black Sabbath

This morning I was alerted to the fact that the first Black Sabbath album was unveiled upon this world like an evil curse on this day 47 years ago. Try to imagine what kind of experience it was when someone first whacked Black Sabbath onto their turntable in 1970. There had never before been such a purposefully infernal-sounding racket in rock at that point and it set such a high watermark so as to almost never (ever?) have been topped in that category. Black Sabbath was radical, primal, primitive and quite unprecedented. The young group’s formula—Dennis Wheatley/Hammer Horror meets Cream/Vanilla Fudge—was ingenious and yet dumb enough to please the cheap seats.

What must Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath‘s opening track “Black Sabbath” have sounded like when people got their first taste of the group? To properly appreciate how truly radical this must’ve been coming at you like a rock to the head just as the Sixties had ended—flower power this was definitely not—you’d really have to mentally erase the decades of imitators who have come since, which is difficult to do. If you trace heavy metal down to its root moment, its true moment of birth, it was when these four guys in their early twenties happened upon this sound:

At the time of the song’s composition, the group was still named Earth, which they knew they had to change due to another band already using it. When they noticed long lines waiting to get into a Boris Karloff film called Black Sabbath across the street from their rehearsal studio, they wondered if the punters would also line up for a sort of heavy horror rock. The band was renamed Black Sabbath and gained a new direction and winning formula that would make them famous and wealthy faster than a pact with Satan.

Writing at On This Deity, the Arch Drude Julian Cope had this to say about the album:

Cannily clad by their record company in a self-consciously Wiccan outer package more fustily archaic and holy than modern “secular” postwar New Testaments could ever have dared to be, and possessed at its centre of an enormous inverted cross, BLACK SABBATH summoned the ears of the Hippie Generation’s little brothers and dragged them jerking into the cold light of the 1970s. The Downer had begun.

And it ended earlier this month when Black Sabbath played their final show in their hometown of Birmingham, where Ozzy had a tram car named after him last year.

“N.I.B,” live at L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris on December 20, 1970.

“Behind the Wall of Sleep,” Paris 1970.


Greatest Band of All Time. Hands Down!!! #WBW #WayBackWednesday



Another random mix since I gotta put shit out. Enjoy and turn that motherfucking dial up.

In celebration of today’s 45th anniversary of the release of the album Black Sabbath, enjoy this freshly uploaded 1970’s performance!

Godfather’s of Metal. It isn’t possible to listen to this at low volume #TurnThatShitUp #TBT #ThrowBackThursday

20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Slayer

1. Slayer’s debut album, ‘Show No Mercy,’ was fittingly recorded close to the midnight hour, in a series of overnight sessions – in part for cost-saving, in part so drummer Dave Lombardo could finish High School.

2. After ‘Show No Mercy’s’ release, Slayer set out on their first tour of U.S. clubs in singer-bassist Tom Araya’s Camaro, with a U-Haul trailer in tow.

3. A punk rock aficionado, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman started a short-lived hardcore band in 1984 with Dave Lombardo and Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George. They were called Pap Smear.

4. While still trying to establish their career, Slayer had to contest the legal right to use their very name with another heavy metal band from San Antonio, later known as S.A. Slayer.

5. The hypnotic chants heard at the onset of Slayer’s sophomore album, ‘Hell Awaits,’ are backwards recordings of the words “Join us!”

6. Half of Slayer’s founding lineup was not born in the U.S. Tom Araya was born in Vina del Mar, Chile, and Dave Lombardo in Havana, Cuba, before immigrating to America, and joining many other Latin musicians in pioneering the 1980s thrash metal scene.

7. In 1987, Slayer recorded a frantic cover version of the psych-rock classic ‘In-A-Gadda-Da Vida’ for inclusion in the ‘Less Than Zero’ movie soundtrack.

8. Back in the ‘80s, guitarist Paul Crook, who is known for his work with Anthrax, Meatloaf and others, put in time as Kerry King’s guitar tech.

9. Tony Scaglione, who temped for Dave Lombardo in the late ‘80s, was a member of New Jersey thrashers Whiplash — whose other two members were named Tony Portaro and Tony Bono. Only in New Jersey …

10. Judas Priest’s ‘Dissident Aggressor’ is the only cover version to be found on one of Slayer’s official studio albums (‘Undisputed Attitude’ not included).

11. Jeff Hanneman attributed his fascination with military history, as evidenced on classic Slayer cuts like ‘Angel of Death’ and ‘War Ensemble,’ to being raised in a family filled with war veterans.

12. The ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ song ‘Born of Fire’ was almost released as an instrumental, but guitarist Kerry King eventually threw together some lyrics at the 11th hour.

13. Dave Lombardo’s 1992 departure from Slayer was instigated by his desire to witness the birth of his child, at a time when the band was slated to tour.

14. Slayer’s 7th album, ‘Diabolus in Musica,’ is named after a sinister-sounding musical interval that was literally banned by religious authorities during the middle ages, and later found its way into the song ‘Black Sabbath’ by the homonymous heavy metal godfathers.

15. Kerry King plays the last solo heard on ‘Goddamn Electric’ from Pantera’s final studio album, 2000’s ‘Reinventing the Steel.’

16. Slayer’s eighth studio album was to have been titled ‘Soundtrack to the Apocalypse,’ but the band ultimately decided to save it for their 2003 box set, and came up with ‘God Hates Us All’ instead.

17. Artist Larry Carroll has designed no less than four Slayer album covers: ‘Reign in Blood,’ ‘South of Heaven,’ ‘Seasons in the Abyss,’ and, most recently, 2006’s ‘Christ Illusion.’

18. Collectors’ editions of Slayer’s tenth album, ‘World Painted Blood,’ feature maps made out of human skulls and bones – a concept that evolved from an old plan to base packaging on the infamous Sedlec Ossuary — a medieval chapel filled with some 50,000 human skeletal remains.

19. For a time, Kerry King devoted some of his spare time away from Slayer to…breeding show dogs.

20. In the Showtime series ‘Californication,’ novels written by the lead character — an author played by actor David Duchovny — were titled ‘South of Heaven,’ ‘Seasons in the Abyss,’ and ‘God Hates Us All.’

All information taken from here:

newly discovered footage from 1970