Having bought a cool set of Black Sabbath coasters to grace my coffee table it got me thinking about the band’s place in the Heavy Metal world. For those of us who are a bit long in the tooth, classics like Paranoid don’t seem that far away in our recollections of rock history.
So I did a bit of a refresher and was amazed to find the ’Brummie’ rockers first came together in 1968. Created by songwriter and guitarist Tony Lommi who was joined by Geezer Butler on bass, Bill Ward on drums and the man himself Ozzie Osbourne on vocals ......
Influenced by both Punk Rock and Heavy Metal, gritty guitar based bands began to emerge from Seattle’s music scene of the late 1980s. It’s angst filled lyrics, not shy of social comment, and laced with the introspection, combined with raw distortion filled guitar riffs, the sound soon gained the tag Grunge.
By the early 1990s the genre rose in popularity amongst young followers who tapped into Grunge’s themes of self doubt, social alienation and emotional isolation. Bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarten and Pearl Jam released influential albums during .....