“We played like punks. All our anger was coming out”: Black Sabbath and the messy birth of Heavy Metal

    In the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Black Sabbath drum legend Bill Ward offers his unique insider perspectives of the rise and fall of the godfathers of heavy metal and suggests that the frustrations, fire and fury which would help fuel the emergence of punk rock in England in the second half of the 1970s had also served as a catalyst for the birth of Sabbath in Aston, Birmingham more than a decade earlier.

    “We played like punks on stage,” Ward recalls.”The band was just fucking crazy. There was this force, all this resentment and anger that was coming out. It came from what we thought was bullshit at the time: politics and war, and upbringing and people’s ways of life.”

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