Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album was released on this day in 1970. To many, it’s considered the birth of heavy metal, and those “many” aren’t wrong.
No one had sounded quite like Sabbath, and in five decades, no one else has sounded quite like them since. (We can likely thank Tony Iommi losing the tips of his fingers in a freak accident at a sheet metal factory for that.)
In honor of its anniversary, here’s a “By The Numbers” look at the album.