Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath song)

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"Hand of Doom"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
Released18 September 1970 (1970-09-18)
Genre Heavy metal
Length7:08
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Songwriter(s) Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne
Producer(s) Rodger Bain

"Hand of Doom" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, originally appearing as the sixth song on their second album Paranoid , released in 1970. It has been performed in many of Black Sabbath's live concerts. The lyrics were written by Geezer Butler while the music was written by the four members. "Hand of Doom" is accepted as one of the best songs on the album by many fans of Black Sabbath. It is the second longest song on the album behind "War Pigs". The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England in the late 1960s from the Vietnam War with severe drug addictions. [1] It is about them taking drugs to forget the atrocities of war, only to see it catch up on them and slowly destroy them from the inside.

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Cover versions

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Personnel

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