Black Sabbath 'Six Tracks' Into Recording New Album - Without Bill Ward

The metal legends will release their comeback album in April next year.

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Black Sabbath have revealed that they are six tracks into recording their new album, reports NME.

Tony Iommi has said that the final album will consist of 15 tracks. The Guardian quotes the guitarist as saying: "We've written the 15 songs and we've played them all, but now at the moment we're recording them. We're about six tracks in at the moment."

Iommi also confirmed that the legendary metal band are working on the new album, which is due for release in April of next year, without original drummer Bill Ward. "We'll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it's gone past that now, because it's gone on so long I don't see that happening at the moment," he said.

Last month, Ward said to Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes in "On The Road - Black Sabbath And The Birth Of Heavy Metal" - that he hoped to make amends with the band.

Ward said: "If there is some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I'd like to be part of it." He added: "I wanna play hard rock music. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry [Geezer Butler, bass]. I love playing with Oz [Osbourne, vocals]. And I love playing with Tony [Iommi, guitar]."

In May of this year, Ward issued a statement which explained that he would not be taking part in any of the Black Sabbath shows set for the summer, following on from previous claims he'd made that he had been unhappy with the contract he'd been offered to work on the band's new album and tour.

Black Sabbath headlined Download Festival and also played a small show at Birmingham's O2 Academy and well as headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, all with a replacement drummer.

Black Sabbath will be playing shows in Australia next year, their first in the country since 1974.

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    So has Tony beat cancer? Never seemed to hear any news of his recovery
    I guess we'll never really know what's at the heart of the Bill Ward contract dispute. Was he denied a 1/4 share of the profits or was he demanding more? Did they offer him less than 1/4 which he saw as unfair? Given their ages, it seems silly they can't all sit in a room and work this out. To record what could easily be their last album by going full circle to the original lineup would be a fitting swan song for the Godfather's of heavy metal.
    Bill didn't sign because he thought everyone should be getting 1/4, but the rest of the band didn't want to do that. I'm not sure how the money was being split, but Bill wasn't getting much, in fact, Bill wasn't even going to get paid for that first gig they were going to do together
    i could be wrong but i believe that first gig was a charity concert and no one was getting paid it was all going to charity, and i believe it's also been hinted that he wanted more than a quarter
    Maybe it was a charity gig, I'm not sure, I just remember reading in an article, Bill Ward was mad that he wasn't getting paid for the first gig, it sounded like he was implying that the others were.
    Simple way to solve this money dispute... make the album free, then no one gets paid. Its not like Black Sabbath NEEDS more money.
    are you ****ing serious? in what parallel reality are you posting from, where a band gets all or even most of the money from an album?
    I don't know why you got downvoted. Here, allow me to lessen the negativity on a simple statement I agree with. *upvote*
    you must not have any understanding at all of how producing an album under a record label works then, do you?
    lol it was a simple idea. Money was causing the problem, so if no one gets paid then there is no problem. No one in that band is going to go broke any time soon, so making another album shouldn't be about the money, it should be about the music.
    Black Sabbath isn't the same without Bill Ward, his drumming is almost as iconic as John Bonham's because its so heavy. Listen to "supernaut" if you don't believe me. Just reconcile and let him be in the band!
    I hope that this guys make the peaces between and can perform together like the old times...when ozzy used to eat bats.
    They don't seem to realize Sabbath sounds nothing like the original without Bill. This ain't much more the "real" thing than when Ozzy was playing solo with Geezer back then.
    Does UG need to keep reminding us Bill Ward isn't on the album? I think most of us have gotten over it now.
    I think UG likes to give us reasons to get mad at each other. We must amuse them.
    I think it's more likely that arguments generate more hits. More hits bring in higher profile ads, which mean more money for UG if you click them.
    well kinda old news....iommi said all this last week. april will be pushed back to may if only 6 done. not oz's 15 done. and rick rubin is lazy in studio. oh and toni has recovered and good to see thats why they did not tour the summer
    They could easily play the new material they wrote to him and he could easily play the drums and be part of the recording process.. If he wanted to play he would have accepted the contract.