Ozzy Osbourne: 'The new Black Sabbath album is the most important of my career'

Band unveil teaser trailer for forthcoming new album

Phil Wallis
Pic: Phil Wallis
Black Sabbath have unveiled a trailer for their forthcoming new album – watch it above.

"Black Sabbath don't write songs you hear on the radio… we write musical pieces" singer Ozzy Osbourne says. "I wanted it to sound current, yet still have that Sabbath vibe." He then goes on to add: "This Black Sabbath album is quite possibly the most important album of my career. I guarantee there is going to be a Black Sabbath album."

Earlier this year, Black Sabbath announced that their new album will be titled '13'. The LP, 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.

Last 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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