In the latest studio update on the new album recording sessions, metal legends Black Sabbath gave us a bit more of a detailed insight on what's been happening during the making of "13". The record itself is set for a June 10 release via Vertigo/Universal Records.
Producer Rick Rubin also got his chance to describe how it feels like to work with the band he's been a longtime fan of. And he seems to be rather excited.
"I've been a fan of Black Sabbath my whole life, and getting to come to work every day and hearing Black Sabbath play stimulates something in me just like when I was 14 years old. That same thing gets turned on and it's a really good feeling," says Rubin.
And the band is apparently satisfied with the producer as well. "He looks like a bit of a guru, but he knows what he's looking for and when he's satisfied with what he's got," stated the frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
The guitarist Tony Iommi thinks that Rubin is "looking for a raw Sabbath," adding that the band is searching for that as well. Group is looking fully confident in the producer, who is obviously aiming big, stating that he plans to make an album that will be ranked among the classics.
"They just want what's best and we're all sort of working together to find whatever works best for them. My goal is to make something really great that I can listen to forever, that's the whole heart of it. The idea that we're making an album that hopefully can sit alongside the best Black Sabbath albums is exciting, you know we've worn out the old ones. [Laughs] The idea that there's something new to listen to that really scratches that itch is very exciting," commented the producer.
As the first release with Ozzy on vocals in 35 years, "13" will also feature drummer Brad Wills of Rage Against The Machine who got hired for the recording process after the band's split with the original drummer Bill Ward over contract issues.
What makes the latest studio update stand out is the fact that it features snippets of several new songs you can hear throughout the whole video. As far as the live dates go, the group has recently confirmed a Toronto show on August 14 as the first North American concert date this year.