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Hand of Doom

"Hand of Doom"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
Released18 September 1970 (1970-09-18)
GenreHeavy metal
LabelVertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Songwriter(s)Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne
Producer(s)Rodger Bain

"Hand of Doom" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, originally appearing on their second album Paranoid, released in 1970.


The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England from the Vietnam War in the late 1960s with severe drug addictions.[1] The song paints an unflattering picture of hard drug use. The lyrics were written by Geezer Butler while the music is credited to the entire band.

Cover versions

The song has been covered by various bands, including:


Black Sabbath

In popular culture


  1. ^ Classic Albums - Paranoid by Isis Productions/Eagle Rock Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Auf Der Maur MTV Biography". 1972-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  3. ^ Video on YouTube

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