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New Black Sabbath Album + Music Video Arrives Today

Black Sabbath 13 Album
Billboard.com

It’s finally here Buzzhead! Black Sabbath has released their first album in 35 years to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar and Geezer Butler on bass. This is the first time since the 1978 album Never Say Die! that the line up has been together. The album, titled 13, fails to feature original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward who didn’t participate due to contractual issues.

Instead, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine plays drums on the album with Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos, plays for the band at live shows. And if the new album wasn’t enough, Sabbath also released the official music video for the first single “God Is Dead?” yesterday.

This is the second time that this lineup has attempted to rejoin. The first try was back in 2001, but things just didn’t work out. When asked why things went differently this time, Butler said “When we tried it in 2001, we just went in, like, completely without any idea of what we were gonna do. We got about six reasonable songs out of it, but we knew that we had to come up to, like, a certain standard, and we didn’t feel that it did so we didn’t carry on with it. This time we got together and Tony, like, accumulated all these hundreds of riffs, so we had a starting point this time. There was a certain point where we went, ‘Yeah, that’s it, we can do it.’”

It’s not like the current reunion didn’t have it’s problems though. The group almost fell apart with the exit of Ward, and then Iommi was diagnosed with cancer, which he continues to get treatment for. Sabbath will continue to fight through their troubles and are scheduled to kick off a North American tour on July 25 in The Woodlands, Texas. So is this the last we will hear of Black Sabbath? Billboard asked Butler this question, to which he replied, “I guess you should never say never. It could be, though. We’ll see how this album goes, see what happens.”

 

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