Black Sabbath named most important band
Black Sabbath have been named the most important British hard rock band of all time in a poll organised by the British Phonographic Industry.
Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin also scored highly, while voters also said the UK was the spiritual home of heavy metal and still a driving force in the genre.
Over 45% of 3600 participants named Sabbath, with around 20% each for Maiden and Led Zep. Meanwhile, three quarters said the UK was still producing world-class heavy artists, listing While She Sleeps as the most promising up-and-coming outfit.
Metallica’s 1991 ‘Black Album’ is the best point-of-entry for metal, voters said. Nearly 80% said their favourite albums left them feeling energised, with 71% saying the music helped them through difficult times. Around 40% of fans discovered the music before their teenage years. Over 65% said their interest had led to new friendships.
Perhaps surprisingly for those who know little about heavy music, only 12% said they restricted their listening solely to the genre – listing blues, indie and electronic music as styles that also interested them.
Responding to the win Black Sabbath said: “We are honoured and flattered to be acknowledged in a poll like this which is voted for by the fans. We thank you.”
The BPI conducted the survey with the help of publications including Metal Hammer and record label websites including Roadrunner, Spinefarm and Peaceville.
Black Sabbath are currently recording their first album with Osbourne since 1979. Drummer Bill Ward was originally scheduled to participate but bowed out over a contract dispute. Produced by Rick Rubin, the record due out next year, with the frontman having hinted its title could be associated with the release date.