Black Sabbath announce ’13′: first studio album together in 35 years
Whoa. We’ve known for a while now that the original lineup of Birmingham’s most notorious metal band Black Sabbath were working together again. But we had no idea that they were recording new material for a studio album.
That’s right, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi (joined by Rage Against The Machine’s drummer Brad Wilk) have joined together for their first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die. That’s an incredible 35 YEARS, maths fans! The new album is titled, superstitiously, 13.
And if that wasn’t cause enough for excitement, the album has been produced by legendary rock career revitaliser, Rick Rubin. After Rubin’s work with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and a host of other iconic stars, this is the news I’m personally most excited about. Rubin has done some amazing transformative work with legendary musicians, and I can only imagine what he’ll bring to a partnership with Black Sabbath.
We’ve got no word of a track listing at this point, but word has it one of the songs is – rather controversially – titled God Is Dead. Not like Ozzy Osbourne to court controversy, is it?
Guitarist Tony Iommi has previously revealed that the band have written a total of 15 songs for the 13 album.
Black Sabbath are heading out on tour this year. Here are the initial dates we’ve been given:
20 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
22 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
25 – Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
27 – All Phones Arena – Sydney, Australia
29 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
01 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
04 – Perth Arena – Perth, Australia
12 – Ozzfest – Makuhari Messe – Tokyo, Japan