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Black Sabbath’s New Album Set for June Release

Heavy metal titans ready first new studio album in 35 years

 

By Alex Baker

 

Black Sabbath announced today that they will be releasing their new album, 13, in June of this year. The upcoming album will be the first new studio release by the band since 1978′s Never Say Die!

 

The current lineup for the Sabs consists of founding members Ozzy Osborne (vocals), Tomy Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butlet (bass). Founding drummer Bill Ward has been rather acrimoniously excluded from the latest round of gigs and other activities the band has engaged in.

 

13 was recorded mostly in Los Angeles, with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk filling in, while Grammy-winning Def Jam producer Rick Rubin manned the boards.

 

Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Tony Iommi described Rubin as being “Just a vibe merchant really. He vibes you up. He’s not one who gets involved hands-on.

 

The album will be released worldwide by Vertigo Records. Vertigo was Sabbath’s original label back in the late Sixties, when they first came bubbling up from industrial Birmingham, like some ominous omen that the curtain had fallen on flower power.

 

Prior to the release of 13 the band will be taking a tour of New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

For more information, check out blacksabbath.com.

 

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