- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 14, 2001

Black Sabbath has come full circle after 31 years, 20 albums and more than 25 group members. The band that ushered in the heavy-metal era is not only headlining Ozzfest 2001 (lead singer Ozzy Osbourne's summer tour), but is planning to record new material — with the original four-man lineup.
The last time the quartet got together in a studio was 1978, back when most of those attending Ozzfest today were either in diapers or not yet born. For anyone wondering what the impact of Black Sabbath was on mainstream culture, the rest of the festival lineup — from shock rocker Marilyn Manson to brutal rap-metal act Slipknot — shows a pretty clear progression.
Ozzfest comes to the Nissan Pavilion on Friday. Joining the lineup are Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazy Town, Disturbed, Union Underground and Beautiful Creatures.
Black Sabbath formed in 1969 outside of Birmingham, England, with longtime friends Tony Iommi (guitar), Bill Ward (drums), Terence "Geezer" Butler (bass) and singer Mr. Osbourne. The band released some of the biggest hard-rock hits of the 1970s, including "Paranoid," "Iron Man" and "War Pigs," and also helped launch the heavy-metal genre.
Tensions among the members caused everyone except for Mr. Iommi to leave the group eventually, resulting in a flood of replacements throughout the 1980s and 1990s. None of the substitutes was able to capture the energy the original group had in quite the same way, which led to a reunion of the quartet in 1998.
Playing together again has brought the band to record the first new Sabbath material in two decades.
"We came up with about six or seven songs. No song titles yet, but it's back to the roots, back to the old '70s, early '70s sound," Mr. Butler says in an interview with the music site Hardradio.com. "We're writing the way we used to on the first three albums. We all have to like it."
Offering a taste of where hard rock is going, Beautiful Creatures plays the second stage at Ozzfest this year.
"There's so much more to rock 'n' roll than what kids today are getting from it, and I'd like to think that we can offer something different," singer Joe LeSte says in the band's promotional material.
The band opens up with a crushing riff on its debut album, which heralds a change from the current rap-metal trend dominating the radio waves back to classic hard rock. The self-titled album hits store shelves Aug. 14.
"Music's at a standstill right now and has hit the ceiling," Mr. LeSte says. "We just want to bring real songs back to rock 'n' roll."

WHAT: Ozzfest, with Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Crazy Town and Beautiful Creatures
WHERE: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va.
WHEN: Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday
TICKETS: $35.25 to $129.50
PHONE: 202/432-SEAT

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