In some cultures, Friday is considered unlucky. This is especially true for sailors — a long-enduring superstition holds that it bodes ill to begin a voyage on a Friday. Friday the 13th is considered to be especially unlucky, due to the conjunction of Friday with the unlucky number 13, sometimes referred to as “Black Friday.”
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath took a chance back in 1970 and released their debut album on Friday, February 13th, striking another kind of metal – gold. The album reached number eight on the UK Album Chart, and went on to reach number 23 on the U.S. Billboard 200, remaining there for over a year and selling a million copies. The original songs on that album? Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B., Evil Woman, Sleeping Village and Warning.
An English rock band originally going by the name of Earth, Black Sabbath was formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. What inspired these guys to incorporate occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars during an era dominated by flower power, folk music and hippie culture? It all started with a movie. One night Geezer Butler observed people lining up outside the cinema across the street to see the newly released 1963 Mario Bava film, Black Sabbath, starring Boris Karloff. Noting that it was “strange that people spend so much money to see scary movies,” he was inspired to collaborate with Ozzy Osbourne on the lyrics for the song, Black Sabbath.
Drawing from the work of horror and adventure-story writer Dennis Wheatley, the song partly comes from a vision Butler had of a black silhouetted figure standing at the foot of his bed. The song features the musical tritone, also known as the “Devil’s Interval,” and its dark lyrics and ominous nature took the band in a much darker direction. Judas Priest front man Rob Halford pronounced the track “probably the most evil song ever written.” Inspired by the new sound, the band changed their name to Black Sabbath in August 1969, and the rest is history. Over the years, band members have come and gone, with the exception of main songwriter Tony Iommi, who remains with the band today. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, featuring three of the original members, was released in June of 2013, and is titled simply, 13.
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth has a profound appreciation for the music of Black Sabbath and other heavy metal bands. We like to think they would truly appreciate our awesome stereo and sound tracks, macabre, twisted tableaus and totally insane visual effects. We’ll be opening Friday, for anyone brave enough to tempt fate, the way Black Sabbath did so many years ago!