For many growing up back in the ’70s, Black Sabbath were considered one hell of a scary band. From their lyrical subject matter to their ominous sounding instrumentation, we can understand how the band were able to creep folks out back in the day (and even some today).
Per a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and as transcribed by Ultimate Guitar, Black Sabbath member Ozzy Osbourne reflected on and spoke to the band’s decision to create “scary” sounding music. Per Ozzy, it all started with the band playing jazz-blues music, but then thinking about horror movies. Here is what Ozzy has to say about the band’s decision to create chilling music.
“We started off playing jazz-blues like Ten Years After, the original Fleetwood Mac with Jeremy Spencer and Peter Green, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Then when we used to rehearse at this community [center]. Across the road was a movie theater. [Tony or Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler] said, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that people pay money to go and watch horror films? Let’s start doing scary music.’ And one of the earliest things we did was [sings three notes to ‘Black Sabbath’]… That was like, ‘Fuck me, that’s good.'”
It might have come to a great surprise to the band, but this decision paid off immensely for them! Let alone that this shift in style would help the band gain more popularity, it in fact did work to creep some people out! One of those people happens to have been Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, who recently shared that the first time he heard Ozzy’s music he turned into a “full-blown Satanist“! That is pretty wild!
When you first heard Black Sabbath’s music, did you think it was scary or chilling at all? What is some metal you genuinely find scary?