Black Sabbath have announced a forthcoming new release, despite recently stating they would not release a final album.
The band’s latest album ’13’ was released in 2013, marking Ozzy Osbourne’s return to the group. The heavy metal band’s nineteenth album topped the UK and the US charts and earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Having recently announced their last ever tour, aptly called ‘The End Tour’, Sabbath have now stated that they will be offering fans the chance to buy a tour-only release whilst on the road.
The record will consist of eight tracks, including some recorded during their ’13’ sessions. Billboard reports that it will feature unheard songs ‘Season of the Dead’, ‘Cry All Night’, ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Isolated Man’, plus live versions of tracks ‘God Is Dead?’, ‘Age of Reason’, ‘End of the Beginning’ and ‘Under the Sun’.
“We thought we’d put out an album of 13 songs, but when we were in the studio we wrote another three songs, which brought it up to 16 and then we left it to Rick Rubin to pick which songs would go on the album, and to give it some light and shade he picked the eight songs that were on the 13 album,” bassist Geezer Butler told Billboard.
“We put a few songs on deluxe versions of the album and then we had the four left over, and we decided to do a gig-only CD.”
Confusion over whether the band would release a final record arose after Osbourne had stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin before later denying it.
“I’m not saying I won’t ever get on stage with Geezer or Tony or any of them again, but officially, as Sabbath, we’re done, and I’ll go back to doing my own thing,” Osbourne said recently.
He added: “We were gonna do one [another album] before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I’ll be fucking 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.”