"Children of the Grave" is a song by Black Sabbath from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition ofMaster of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.
The song has been featured on several greatest hits and live albums. As well as being performed by Black Sabbath in concert, in its various incarnations, Ozzy Osbourne performed it in concert many times as a solo artist. It appears in the game, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song. It is also referenced in the online game League of Legends as the name of the ultimate attack of the character Mordekaiser. It also is the background music for the opening level of the video game Brütal Legend.
One feature lost on CD, is that on vinyl the track was the last on the side, and continually looped a whispered "Children of the Grave". This looped part has an individual, yet rarely used name of 'The Haunting'.
Canadian rockers Jet Set Satellite covered the song on their 2008 album End of an Era. American band Racer X released a cover of the song that can be heard on the Japanese version ofTechnical Difficulties. The song has been covered by German heavy metal band Grave Digger. Also, hardcore punk band The Fartz covered it for their Because This Fuckin' World Still Stinksalbum. It has also been covered by the Finnish band Tarot on To Live Forever. The American straight edge hardcore band Earth Crisis covered the song for their covers album "Last Of The Sane." The band White Zombie covered "Children of the Grave" for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black. It was later released as a promo single in 1994. Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth covered the song in 2010 for Metal Hammer's Black Sabbath tribute CD.Argentinean thrash metal band Nepal covered the song on their 1997 album Manifiesto.
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