Geezer Butler Compares Early Sabbath to Coldplay: 'You Like Them, but You Pretend You Don't'

Bassist draws a parallel between the metal pioneers' early stage and the Chris Martin-fronted four-piece.

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You might have thought that metal icons Black Sabbath always had a fan base that took great pride in following and enjoying the work of legendary Birmingham four-piece, but bassist Geezer Butler begs to differ, as he recently drew an interesting parallel between the group's early days and none other than Coldplay.

As Butler told the Telegraph, although the band had achieved great success with their first three records, they were still often labeled as the "rock's lowest common denominator."

"It was like admitting to liking Coldplay nowadays," Geezer explained , "where you like them, but you pretend you don't."

Singer Ozzy Osbourne also had a confession to make, as he admitted that the main reason why Sabbath didn't make a record eleven years ago was his own ego.

"I was riding on this f--king cloud of being television's new megastar for five minutes," the singer said. "I was doing well on my own, so it took me a while to get that balanced out in my head. I mean, it's not Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. It's f--king Black Sabbath. It's different from me doing my own thing."

As far as the future of Sabbath goes, Ozzy pointed out that everything mostly depends on guitarist Tony Iommi and his health.

"It depends on Tony," Osbourne said. "At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment. He's had chemo and radiotherapy, and now he's on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it's gone for good. I'm sure it has. But you never know with that stuff."

The riff lord chipped in with a brief conclusion and an ironic chuckle, saying "It's all down to God."

The latest Sabbath studio effort, "13," dropped on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Records, earning the metal icons their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in history, as well as the first No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart in 43 years.

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    sean.i.billings
    Dammit, I am running out of time to say something clever and win the medal.
    Lightning_Ray
    I don't know, I do genuinely enjoy about 3 or 4 Coldplay songs, but a band whose own vocalist says that "our music sucks" doesn't inspire me much trust, though...
    chhang
    The early Sabbath albums are ****in legendary, I dont know a Sabbath fan that doesnt love them.
    rolandroi
    I like coldplay. I'm not ashamed of that.
    JonoD
    There 1st 3 albums were great, after that I thought they went downhill.
    TryTheKetchup
    I like Viva La Vida. I think it's pretty good.
    Tkwndbobo
    I bought viva la vida during all the hype and thought it was ok, only to set it aside. few years later my friend showed me their early stuff, thought it was great and now viva la vida sounds better to me. though they still aren't exactly my kind of thing
    onealsm
    I thought viva la vida was their best album
    latinromans
    Viva la Vida had some of my favourite songs and really interesting songwriting but the title track was overplayed to death, my favourite would have to be X and Y, amazing title track, speed of sound, and a pervading epic atmosphere that gives me chills.
    RAB11
    I've liked all their stuff up to the latest album.
    latinromans
    Was their new albums sound a lot poppier or is this just a normal level of distaste for Coldplay?
    manualex
    When every single has something put for sing along in a live enviroment I think it is. Hurts Like Heaven: ooooohhhh's Paradise: Para,para,paradise Charlie Brown: Oooooh oooh ooh's before all verses/chorus Rihana Tune: More of that. Before that I think only viva la vida song had it, maybe speed of sound(third album 2005 single) as a strech.
    iommi600
    I seriously never felt the need to hide my tastes in music from people. Someone says my taste in music is shit, I say the same thing about him/her and that's it, all in good fun. (On a side note, my music taste is just awesome)
    Bubbles516
    I don't feel bad for liking Coldplay. Actually I don't feel bad for anything I do.
    Eifler121
    To explain my comment above, between Zeeppelin, the Beatles, Black Sabbath, the Stones, and I guess I'm forgetting Jimi Hendrix, you have the foundations of almost every rock band
    Aidy Gerrard`
    I was once in an Alt-rock band. Then my guitarist got into Coldplay....I'm no longer in a band.
    N7Crazy
    Depends, did he pick up Jonny Bucklands style, or Chris Martins songwriting? Or in other words: Did he begin playing tastefull, and subtle parts to supplement your music, or did he begin writing boring, generic songs, using the same chord-progressions over and over?
    Garland41
    I don't pretend to hate coldplay. It was ingrained in me to hat them from an early time.