Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath

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Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath are two Black Sabbath tribute albums, released in 1994 and 2000 respectively. The albums feature various heavy metal groups performing cover versions of Black Sabbath songs in tribute to the band.


All of the tracks featured on the Nativity in Black albums cover material strictly from the band's 1970s heyday with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The title is derived from a widespread yet incorrect assumption surrounding the title of the Black Sabbath song "N.I.B.".

The band Bullring Brummies featured Black Sabbath founding members Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, along with vocalist Rob Halford, Obsessed/Saint Vitus guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich, and Fight guitarist Brian Tilse. Their cover of "The Wizard" on the first album is their only official recording, with the musicians coming together specifically for this recording.

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" 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[edit]

Nativity in Black
Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedOctober 4, 1994
GenreHeavy metal
  • Bob Chiappardi
  • Ross Elliott
Professional ratings
Review scores

All tracks are written by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

Nativity in Black track listing
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 Jourgensen6:39
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 Brummies with Geezer Butler5:01
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 (From the Satanic Perspective)" (originally released on Black Sabbath)Type O Negative7:45
Total length:67:42
European bonus track
13."Solitude" (originally released on Master of Reality)Cathedral4:52
Japanese version bonus tracks
13."St.Vitus Dance" (originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)Cathedral4:52
14."Wheels of Confusion" (originally released on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4)Cathedral5:31

Nativity in Black II[edit]

Nativity in Black II
Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedJune 6, 2000
GenreHeavy metal
Professional ratings
Review scores
NY Rock(positive)[7]
Nativity in Black II track listing
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


  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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