Into the Void (Black Sabbath song)

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"Into the Void"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
Recorded Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Songwriter(s) Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Rodger Bain

"Into the Void" is a song by Black Sabbath, released in 1971 on their album, Master of Reality . An early version of "Into the Void" called "Spanish Sid" was released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. It is written in the key of C# minor.


Various artists have covered the song, including Soundgarden, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Melvins, Sleep, Dr. Know, Cavity, Exhorder, Lumsk, Dimmi Argus [1] [2] and Orange Goblin. [ citation needed ]

In Soundgarden's version, the original lyrics are replaced by words of protest by Chief Seattle, which fit the metre of the song. [3] At the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, the appropriately renamed "Into the Void (Sealth)" received a nomination for Best Metal Performance. [4]

"Into the Void"
Single by Kyuss
from the album Into the Void
A-side "Into the Void"
B-side "Fatso Forgotso"
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1996
Recorded Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, California
Label Man's Ruin Records
Songwriter(s) Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Kyuss singles chronology
"Into the Void"


"Into the Void" has been listed as a favourite song by some of heavy metal's most notable performers. James Hetfield from Metallica lists "Into the Void" as his favourite Black Sabbath track. [5] Eddie Van Halen has listed the song's main riff as one of his all-time favourites. [6]


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  2. "Encyclopaedia Metallum: DIMMI ARGUS "Bad Dream" (2013)". Metal Archives. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  3. "Soundgarden". Guitar for the Practicing Musician. December 1992.
  4. "35th Grammy Awards - 1993". Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  5. Hetfield, James (March 2010). "30 on 30". Guitar World . Vol. 31 (No. 3).
  6. Payne, Chris (November 12, 2015). "Watch Eddie Van Halen Pick His All-Time Favorite Guitar Riffs". Retrieved May 18, 2017.