This is a list of recorded Black Sabbath covers or samples by notable artists. It does not include bootleg or unrecorded live performances, or any unreleased demo recordings.
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.
Swedish stoner/doom metal band DoomDogs covered "A National Acrobat" on their album "Unleash the Truth".
Czech singer Jiří Schelinger covered "A National Acrobat" as a member of "František Ringo Čech" band. The song appeared on their debut album "Nemám hlas jako zvon" (My voice does not ring the bell) in 1974 under a name "Metro, dobrý den" (Hello, underground).
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.
Garage Inc. is a compilation album of cover songs by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on November 24, 1998, through Elektra Records. Over 2.5 million copies have been sold in the U.S. as certified by the RIAA. It includes cover songs, B-side covers, and The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, which had gone out of print since its original release in 1987. The title is a combination of Garage Days Revisited and their song "Damage, Inc.", from Master of Puppets, and the album's graphical cover draws heavily from the 1987 EP. The album features songs by artists that have influenced Metallica, including many bands from the new wave of British heavy metal movement, hardcore punk bands and popular songs. As of August 2013, the album has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. It marks the last album to feature bassist Jason Newsted who would quit the band three years later in 2001.
Biohazard is an American band formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 1987. They are acknowledged as one of the earliest bands to fuse hardcore punk and heavy metal with elements of hip hop. The earliest lineup consisted of bassist-vocalist Evan Seinfeld, guitarist Bobby Hambel, and drummer Anthony Meo. Guitarist-vocalist Billy Graziadei would join the band soon after, changing the band to a four-piece. Since February 2016, the lineup has consisted of Graziadei, Hambel, and Danny Schuler.
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.
Aurora Borealis is an American black metal band from Waldorf, Maryland. The band was founded by guitarist Ron Vento and drummer Tony Laureano in 1994. In 1996 they released their first EP, Mansions of Eternity. In 2013, the band signed with Xtreem Music.
Beneath... Between... Beyond... is a compilation album released in 2004 by the band Static-X. It is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks, remixes, cover versions, and the band's original demo tracks. A track with the same title appeared as a bonus track on iTunes version of the band's album Cannibal, released three years later.
Macabre is an American extreme metal band from Chicago, Illinois. They blend thrash metal, death metal, and grindcore to form their own unique style dubbed murder metal. Lyrically, they have a strong focus on serial killers, mass murderers and a touch of sick gore humor. Most lyrics are based upon true stories and are about real infamous personalities. The content of the lyrics is historically accurate, and band members actually have known and met with convicted serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy on a personal level. They also have a side project called the Macabre Minstrels that play acoustic camp fire songs. Their current label is Decomposed Records.
Behind the Wall of Sleep is an EP by Macabre released in 1994 on Nuclear Blast Records. It contains three new tracks and one cover of Black Sabbath's song "Behind the Wall of Sleep" from their 1970 debut album Black Sabbath.
First track on their album "Black Sabbath".
Ad Hominem in 2004, on a split EP with Geimhre.
Amber Asylum in 2000, on their album The Supernatural Parlour Collection.
Amber Asylum is a highly variable San Francisco-based music group that serves as a platform for composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Kris Force. The current lineup of Amber Asylum includes, in addition to Kris Force, Fern Lee Alberts (Deathgrave), Sarah Rosalena Brady and Becky Hawk (Laudanum). Other members and performers have included Steve Von Till (Neurosis), Annabel Lee, Martha Burns, long-time collaborator Jackie Perez Gratz, Erica Stoltz, Wendy Farina, Lorraine Rath, Sarah Schaffer, John Cobbet, Eric Wood, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Chiyo Nukaga, Andrew Veskoukis (Akphaezya) and Sigrid Sheie.
Flower Travellin' Band were a Japanese rock band that was formed in 1967. They were connected to Japan's counterculture movement and noted for their mixture of early heavy metal with psychedelic and progressive rock. They received wide acclaim from critics but failed to achieve commercial success and separated in 1973 to pursue individual careers. The band reunited in late 2007, but permanently disbanded after the 2011 death of vocalist Joe Yamanaka.
Anywhere is a 1970 album by Japanese rock band Flower Travellin' Band. It was their first release under the Flower Travellin' Band name and the first to feature the classic line-up of Joe Yamanaka, Hideki Ishima, Jun Kozuki and Joji Wada. AllMusic rated the album 3 out of 5 stars, describing the music as a "unique mixture of progressive daring, psychedelic eccentricity, and muscular, heavy rock austerity".
In 2013, soul singer Charles Bradley released a single with his version of the song.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in hip hop, with Rolling Stone placing him in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labeling him the "King of Hip Hop".
Recovery is the seventh studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on June 18, 2010, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records as the follow-up to Eminem's previous album Relapse (2009). Originally planned to be released as Relapse 2, the album was renamed to Recovery when Eminem found the album musically different from its predecessor.
Prince of Darkness is a box set of four CDs by Ozzy Osbourne released in 2005. The first two CDs are Osbourne's solo work containing various studio recordings, live tracks, b-sides, demos and outtakes, and the last two CDs are collaborations on disc three and cover songs on disc four. The cover versions were recorded for this box set compilation, but were released on a stand-alone album entitled Under Cover later in the year.
UK based Heavy/Doom Metal band Raven Black Night covered this song on their 2013's album "Barbarian Winter".
Children of the Grave
Fourth track on their album "Master of Reality".
Canadian rockers Jet Set Satellite covered the song on their 2008 album End of an Era.
The song was also briefly covered by Tenacious D for Dio's music video for the song "Push". At the beginning of the music video, Jack Black and Kyle Gass are shown standing on a sidewalk busking and singing "Heaven and Hell" with alternate lyrics. They stop when Dio walks up to them and tells them that he will pay them to play some Tenacious D songs.
Estonian band Rondellus covered this song in Medieval style, on their tribute album Sabbatum, for voice, lute and psaltery. In their version the lyrics are translated into Latin, and the song has been retitled "Planetarum Vagatio" (literally, "Wandering of the Planets").
Finnish Black Sabbath tribute band Sapattivuosi covered this song on their album Vol. 2 in Finnish as 'Planeettakaravaani'.
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
First track on the album "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".
Estonian band Rondellus on their tribute album Sabbatum, sung by two female voices accompanied by a frame drum. Their version has lyrics translated into Latin, and the song has been retitled "Rotae Confusionis".
Doom metal band Cathedral on the tribute album Masters of Misery - The Earache Tribute.
Who are You
Sixth track on the album "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".
OLD covered the song on the album "Tribute to Black Sabbath: Eternal Masters".
Goatsnake covered the song on the album "1 + Dog Days".
Cannibal Corpse covered the song on the album "Tribute to Black Sabbath: Eternal Masters", which also appeared on their 1993 "Hammer Smashed Face" EP.
German/American hard rock band Thunderhead covered the song on their 1995 album "Were You Told the Truth About Hell?".
Godflesh covered the song on the tribute album Masters of Misery - The Earache Tribute.
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"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. 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.