Black Sabbath Rolled Out a Black Lives Matter Shirt in its Iconic ‘Master of Reality’ Font — Inspired by Tom Morello

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Legendary heavy metal gods Black Sabbath rolled out a new product up for pre-order on its official web store: A Black Lives Matter shirt modeled after Sabbath’s 1971 album Master of Reality.

This shirt popped up online recently in an Instagram post from guitarist Tom Morello. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist has been especially active on social media lately, as protests have swept the country in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In one of Morello’s posts, he’s wearing this shirt next to his mother:

That Instagram post earned a comment from Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who said, “Nice shirt & nice sentiment & awesome mum,” and now the shirt is available via the Sabbath website, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Black Lives Matter.

Morello’s strong social media presence over the past few weeks — including his barbs with fans who seemed surprised that he’d take a political stance — has no doubt helped Rage Against the Machine’s albums re-enter the music charts, which they did last week. 

Renewed interest in the band helped 1992’s incendiary debut Rage Against the Machine land at No. 8 on the iTunes Top Albums chart (it’s now No. 9), while Evil Empire (1996) landed at No. 35 and The Battle of Los Angeles (1999) turned up at No. 39.

By Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Staff writer from Rock Cellar Magazine