Nativity in Black

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Nativity in Black are two 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.


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 on the eve of Samhain '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.

Both albums also include a song with Ozzy singing along with a band.

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]

Megadeth's cover of Paranoid is also famous for drummer Nick Menza playing past the end of the song and lead singer Dave Mustaine yelling, "Nick? Nick?! NICK!" and he finally stops. Menza can be faintly heard saying, "Fuck me running!" shortly after.

Nativity in Black
Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedOctober 4, 1994
GenreHeavy metal

Nativity in Black[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
1."After Forever" (Originally released on Master of Reality)Biohazard5:46
2."Children of the Grave" (Originally released on Master of Reality)White Zombie5:50
3."Paranoid" (Originally released on Paranoid)Megadeth2:32
4."Supernaut" (Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)1000 Homo DJs with Al Jourgensen (although rumored to actually be Trent Reznor)6:39
5."Iron Man" (Originally released on Paranoid)Ozzy Osbourne with Therapy?5:26
6."Lord of This World" (Originally released on Master of Reality)Corrosion of Conformity6:25
7."Symptom of the Universe" (Originally released on Sabotage)Sepultura4:15
8."The Wizard" (Originally released on Black Sabbath)Bullring Brummies5:01
9."Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (Originally released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.)Bruce Dickinson with Godspeed5:36
10."N.I.B." (Originally released on Black Sabbath)Ugly Kid Joe5:28
11."War Pigs (Live)" (Originally released on Paranoid)Faith No More7:02
12."Black Sabbath" (Originally released on Black Sabbath)Type O Negative7:45
13."Solitude" (Originally released on Master of Reality)Cathedral4:52
14."St.Vitus Dance" (Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)Cathedral4:52
15."Wheels of Confusion" (Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)Cathedral5:31
  • Track 13 is on the European version only
  • Tracks 14-15 are on the Japanese version only

Nativity in Black II[edit]

Nativity in Black II
Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedJune 6, 2000
GenreHeavy metal
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
NY Rock(positive)[7]
1."Sweet Leaf" (Originally released on Master of Reality)Godsmack4:54
2."Hole in the Sky" (Originally released on Sabotage)Machine Head3:32
3."Behind the Wall of Sleep" (Originally released on Black Sabbath)Static-X3:31
4."Never Say Die" (Originally released on Never Say Die!)Megadeth3:46
5."Snowblind" (Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)System of a Down4:40
6."Electric Funeral" (Originally released on Paranoid)Pantera5:53
7."N.I.B." (Originally released on Black Sabbath)Primus with Ozzy Osbourne5:57
8."Hand of Doom" (Originally released on Paranoid)Slayer5:15
9."Under the Sun" (Originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)Soulfly5:45
10."Sabbra Cadabra" (Originally released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)Hed PE3:12
11."Into the Void" (Originally released on Master of Reality)Monster Magnet8:03
12."Iron Man (This Means War)" (Originally released on Paranoid)Busta Rhymes (Featuring Ozzy Osbourne)4:38

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut". Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold & platinum database-Nativity in Black". Retrieved February 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Black Sabbath Online: Nativity in Black". Archived from the original on December 3, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dave Mustaine Leaves Megadeth, Group Disbands After 20 Years Together". Blabbermouth. April 3, 2002. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. 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. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2009.

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