Black Sabbath co-founder and guitarist Tony Iommi had a recent interview with Metal Hammber, and shared an interesting fact that their debut album helped the band to be branded as “Satanists.”

Metal Hammer:

“What were you hoping to achieve with the first Sabbath album?”

Tony Iommi:

“We wanted it to be heavier than anything that had ever been heard before. In those days, everybody wanted you to play what was the ‘in’ thing. But we didn’t conform. We were creating something different.”

Metal Hammer:

“How did you feel when the album was released?”

Tony Iommi:

“We loved the idea of having an album out. We never knew for one minute what was going to happen with it, of course. It was just exciting to be able to do an album.”

Metal Hammer:”

“You were also branded Satanists. How did you feel about that?”

Tony Iommi:

“I think in one way it helped us. At one point we weren’t doing any interviews, so nobody knew much about us. I heard stories about people being frightened to meet us. But it created this thing and people wanted to come and see what we were like. So the image was good and bad, really.”

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