’13’, which will be officially released on June 10, is the first album Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’. The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, System Of A Down) and it features Rage Against The Machine‘s Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.
Ozzy Osbourne recently promised that the album sounds modern and isn’t a retread of their classic 1970 LP ‘Paranoid’. “The one thing I’m really happy with the new material is that it doesn’t sound like what we’d have done next if I hadn’t left in 1979,” he explained. “It isn’t like we’ve tried to make ‘Paranoid’ again. It sounds like Black Sabbath, but it’s very current. I mean, with Pro Tools and computers and everything, we could make us sound like anything.”
Geezer Butler added that the new material reminds him of “the heavier side of Sabbath” and said of the lyrical content: “It’s very depressing. We’ve got all the usual contenders: death, religion, death, abuse, death.”
Meanwhile, Sabbath have announced a UK arena tour for December 2013. The band will kick off the tour at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, before calling in at Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester and rounding off with a homecoming show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on December 20.
Black Sabbath will play:
London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (December 12)
Sheffield Arena (December 14)
Glasgow Hydro (December 16)
Manchester Arena (December 18)
Birmingham LG Arena (December 20)