Metal Gods, Black Sabbath have confirmed that they will unleash a new album on the world in June of this year. The band who reformed last year to headline Download Festival have been working on the album for the past 9 months and it is the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since the 1978 release of ‘Never Say Die’ a mere 35 years ago.
The album will be titled ’13’ and it is being produced by Rick Rubin who as also worked alongside the likes of Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, System of a Down as well as being a seven time Grammy winner, two of which were producer of the year, so the guy knows how to make good music.
However original drummer Bill Ward will be sitting out this reunion, due to contract issues, but nevertheless Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi are all back together again to create what will be one of the biggest music releases of 2013. It has also been confirmed that Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine has been handed the drumming duties for this album.
It will be released through Vertigo Records, which is also the bands original record label, with an exact date in June still to be announced. In the lead up to the release of the album the band will be touring Australia, New Zealand and Japan, however no tour dates for the UK, Europe or the US have not been confirmed yet, but we can probably expect a Black Sabbath World tour at some point this year.
People should definitely keep June noted down in their diary, once this album drops it will probably sell million’s world wide, after all they did pioneer a whole genre with songs like ‘Paranoid’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’ standing the test of time.