Nativity in Black

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Nativity in Black is the name of three Black Sabbath tribute albums that came out in the 1990s and 2000s. The albums were recorded with various heavy metal bands paying tribute to Black Sabbath for their influence on the heavy metal genre of rock music.

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All of the tracks in Nativity in Black are covers of classic Black Sabbath material from the Ozzy Osbourne era, mostly by heavy metal bands. The name comes from the commonly assumed, but incorrect, meaning of the song title "N.I.B.". Also, the name of the album is a play on words, referring to Black Nativity - traditional Christmas carols sung in gospel style, quite common in the 60's; Black Sabbath's first Nativity in Black tribute album was released a couple of months before Christmas of '94.

The band Bullring Brummies is made up of Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, vocalist Rob Halford (not long out of Judas Priest), Obsessed/Vitus guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Fight guitarist Brian Tilse and Jimmy Wood on harmonica. Their cover of "The Wizard" on the first volume is their only recording, the musicians coming together specifically for this recording. According to Tony Iommi at the time, it was intended to be him / Butler / Ward on the track with Halford, as they had laid down tracks for the song. I.R.S., however, would not permit Iommi to be included so he thought the project was dead. Gloria Butler, however, proceeded with Weinrich and Tilse being brought in to replace Iommi on the track. Upon discovering this, Iommi fired Gloria Butler, prompting Geezer Butler to quit Black Sabbath yet again.

The live recording of "War Pigs" by Faith No More was previously included on the band's live album, Live at the Brixton Academy.

1000 Homo DJs' version of "Supernaut" was originally released as a 12-inch single in 1990.[1]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on 4 December 2000.[2] Bob Chiappardi of Concrete Marketing was executive producer for the album.[3] Megadeth's cover of "Paranoid" received a Grammy nomination in 1995 for 'Best Metal Performance'.[4]

Nativity in Black
Compilation album by various artists
Released October 4, 1994
Genre Heavy metal
Label Sony
Professional ratings
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Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
  1. "After Forever" — Biohazard - 5:46
  2. "Children of the Grave" — White Zombie - 5:50
  3. "Paranoid" — Megadeth - 2:32
  4. "Supernaut" — 1000 Homo DJs with Al Jourgensen - 6:39
  5. "Iron Man" — Ozzy Osbourne with Therapy? - 5:26
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  6. "Lord of This World" — Corrosion of Conformity - 6:25
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  7. "Symptom of the Universe" — Sepultura - 4:15
  8. "The Wizard" — Bullring Brummies - 5:01
  9. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" — Bruce Dickinson with Godspeed - 5:36
  10. "N.I.B." — Ugly Kid Joe - 5:28
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath.
  11. "War Pigs (Live)" — Faith No More - 7:02
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  12. "Black Sabbath" — Type O Negative - 7:45
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath.
  13. "Solitude" — Cathedral - 4:52 (European version only)
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  14. "Wheels Of Confusion" — Cathedral - 5:31 (Japanese version)
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4.

Nativity in Black II[edit]

Nativity in Black II
Compilation album by various artists
Released June 6, 2000
Genre Heavy metal
Label Priority
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
NY Rock (positive)[7]
  1. "Sweet Leaf" — Godsmack - 4:54
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  2. "Hole in the Sky" — Machine Head - 3:32
    • Originally released on Sabotage.
  3. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" — Static-X - 3:31
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath.
  4. "Never Say Die" — Megadeth - 3:46
  5. "Snowblind" — System of a Down - 4:40
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4.
  6. "Electric Funeral" — Pantera - 5:53
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  7. "N.I.B." — Primus with Ozzy - 5:57
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath.
  8. "Hand of Doom" — Slayer - 5:15
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  9. "Under the Sun" — Soulfly - 5:45
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4.
  10. "Sabbra Cadabra" — Hed PE - 3:12
    • Originally released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
  11. "Into the Void" — Monster Magnet - 8:03
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  12. "Iron Man (This Means War)" — Busta Rhymes (Featuring Ozzy Osbourne) - 4:38
    • Originally released on Paranoid.

Nativity in Black III[edit]

Nativity in Black III
Compilation album by various artists
Released 2003
Genre Heavy metal

Nativity in Black III is a fan made compilation that consists of covers by metal bands in the style of the first two albums.

  1. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" — Anthrax - 4:24
    • Originally released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
  2. "Hole in the Sky" — Pantera - 4:12
    • Originally released on Sabotage.
  3. "Children of the Grave" — Earth Crisis - 4:43
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  4. "A National Acrobat" — Astroqueen - 4:19
    • Originally released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
  5. "Under the Sun" — Soulfly - 5:46
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4.
  6. "Neon Knights" — Iron Savior - 3:56
    • Originally released on Heaven and Hell.
  7. "Hand of Doom" — Danzig - 2:53
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  8. "Iron Man" — NoFX - 4:43
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  9. "Lord of this World" — Helmet - 3:29
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  10. "Into the Void" — Soundgarden - 6:37
    • Originally released on Master of Reality.
  11. "Paranoid" — Sabotage - 3:54
    • Originally released on Paranoid.
  12. "Black Sabbath" — Throne of Ahaz - 5:38
    • Originally released on Black Sabbath.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut". discogs.com. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold & platinum database-Nativity in Black". Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Black Sabbath Online: Nativity in Black". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dave Mustaine Leaves Megadeth, Group Disbands After 20 Years Together". Blabbermouth. April 3, 2002. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nativity in Black, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Darling, Spyder (June 2000). "Various Artists, Nativity in Black II". NY Rock. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 

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