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.