January 13, 2013 9:49

Black Sabbath announce new album title

'13', the band's first record together since 1978's 'Never Say Die!', to be released in June

Black Sabbath announce new album title

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Black Sabbath have announced that their new album will be titled '13'.

The album, which is the first original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978's 'Never Say Die!', will be released in June.

The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, System Of A Down) and features Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.

In November, guitarist Toni Iommi revealed that the final album will consist of 15 tracks. The Guardian quoted the guitarist at the time saying: "We've written the 15 songs and we've played them all, but now at the moment we're recording them. We're about six tracks in at the moment."

In advance of the new album, Black Sabbath will tour Australia, New Zealand and play a show at Ozzfest in Japan. Additional tour plans are expected to be announced in the coming months.

Black Sabbath's initial tour dates are:

Auckland Vector Arena (April 20, 22)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre (25)
Sydney All Phones Arena (27)
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (29, May 1)
Perth Arena (4)
Ozzfest, Tokyo (12)


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