Black Sabbath have reportedly ‘opted against’ recording final album

Metal band's most recent album '13' was released in 2013

Black Sabbath will not release a follow-up to 2013’s ’13’, according to reports.

The heavy metal band’s nineteenth album – and first release since the return of Ozzy Osbourne – topped the UK and the US charts and earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Osbourne had previously stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin, now allegedly telling NOLA.com that plans have now changed.

NOLA.com reports that the band has “opted against” recording a new album, stating that their upcoming world your will be “the end of Sabbath, believe me”.

Osbourne added: “In December, I’ll be fuckin’ 68 and I think it’s time to call it the end of the day. I’m not saying I won’t get on stage with Geezer [Butler] or Tony [Iommi] or any of them some time, but officially we’re going to be done.”

“I don’t want it to dwindle and dwindle and play just for the sake of making another fuckin’ sack full of cash. So it’s time, and then I’ll go back to doing my own thing.”

NME has approached representatives of Black Sabbath for a comment with no reply as of yet.

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Guitarist Tony Iommi recently raised doubts over one final album, telling his hometown newspaper The Birmingham Mail: “I’ve been busy writing songs ever since the ’13’ sessions. At that point, we thought there might be another Sabbath album. But that’s up in the air now so I don’t know when or where they might appear. The tracks are ready, though.”

The band’s forthcoming ‘The End’ tour was recently announced. Black Sabbath will headline Download Festival in 2016, alongside Iron Maiden.