Children of The Grave

| August 6, 2001

Children of The Grave, Greg Burk, LA Weekly
1969 may have been the heyday of hippiedom, but in the dingy factories of Birmingham, England, four disgruntled lads couldn't relate to the 'flower power' feelings happening elsewhere. It was in this atmosphere that a dark force was born. A force that critics and parents around the world are still reckoning with: Black Sabbath. 'I didn't know what planet that was coming from' Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is quoted as saying about the 'peace and love' movement in Greg Burk's recent story profiling the band in the LA Weekly. And it was this alienation and darkness that manifested itself in Sabbath's dirge-like brand of heavy metal and their less than joyful lyrics. Now, over three decades later, the band is touring and recording together again, and are finally being recognized for their influence on the thundering hordes of metal bands that have followed. Lock up your daughters, the world is not yet safe.
--Al Paulson
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