Children of the Grave

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"Children of the Grave"
Black Sabbath- Children of the Grave.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
B-side "Solitude"
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
Recorded Island Studios, London, England
Genre Heavy metal
Length5:17
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"After Forever"
(1971)
"Children of the Grave"
(1971)
"Iron Man"
(1971)

"Children of the Grave" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath, from their 1971 album Master of Reality . The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid , adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version. [1]

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

<i>Master of Reality</i> 1971 studio album by Black Sabbath

Master of Reality is the third studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on 21 July 1971. It is widely regarded as the foundation of doom metal, stoner rock, and sludge metal. It was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies. Master of Reality was Black Sabbath's first and only top 10 album in the US until 13, forty-two years later.

"War Pigs" is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It is the opening track from their 1970 album Paranoid.

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The song has been featured on several greatest hits and live albums. As well as being performed by Black Sabbath in concert, in its various incarnations, Ozzy Osbourne performed it in concert many times as a solo artist. It appears in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song. It is also referenced in the online game League of Legends as the name of the ultimate attack of the character Mordekaiser. It also is the background music for the opening level of the video game Brütal Legend .

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

<i>Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock</i> video game

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a music video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. It was the sixth main entry in the Guitar Hero series and fifteenth overall, and was released in September 2010 for PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. Similar to previous entries in the franchise, it is geared towards playing in a four-person band experience, including lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals. The game is available as a standalone title, allowing players to use existing compatible instrument controllers, and as a bundle that provides these controllers.

<i>League of Legends</i> Multiplayer online battle arena video game

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The game follows a freemium model and is supported by microtransactions, and was inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients.

One feature lost on CD, is that on vinyl the track was the last on the side, and continually looped a whispered "Children of the Grave". This looped part has an individual, yet rarely used name of 'The Haunting'.

The guitar and bass, as is common with Black Sabbath, is tuned down a minor 3rd. (Guitar C# F# B E G# C#.)

Track listing

  1. "Children of the Grave" – 5:49
  2. "Children of the Grave" (Edit) – 3:50

Cover versions

White Zombie

"Children of the Grave"
White Zombie Children of the Grave.jpg
Single by White Zombie
from the album Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Released1994
Format CD single
Recorded1994
Genre Heavy metal, Thrash metal
Length5:50
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Geezer Butler
Tony Iommi
Ozzy Osbourne
Bill Ward
Producer(s) Bryan Carlstrom
White Zombie
White Zombie singles chronology
"I Am Hell"
(1993)
"Children of the Grave"
(1994)
"Feed the Gods"
(1994)

The band White Zombie covered "Children of the Grave" (with slightly altered lyrics) for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black . It was later released as a promo single in 1994. In 2014, Mac Sabbath, a fast food-themed Black Sabbath tribute band, recorded a parody version entitled "Chicken for the Slaves".

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Nativity in Black are two Black Sabbath tribute albums that came out in the 1990s and 2000s. The albums were recorded with various heavy metal bands paying tribute to Black Sabbath for their influence on the heavy metal genre of rock music.

Mac Sabbath

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Nepal

The Argentine thrash metal band Nepal recorded a cover version of the song for their third studio album, Manifiesto (1997). [2]

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Havok

American thrash metal band Havok included a cover of the song on their third studio album, Unnatural Selection (2013).

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Havok (band) American band

Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Pete Webber (drums), Reece Scruggs, and Nick Schendzielos (bass). To date, Havok has released four studio albums: Burn (2009), Time Is Up (2011), Unnatural Selection (2013) and Conformicide (2017).

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  2. "hmNepal.8m.com". Biography. Archived from the original on 2017-07-10.