All has been quiet on the Black Sabbath front, since the band's festival appearances earlier in the summer. However, in an interview with Australian rock station Triple M, Ozzy's spouse/manager Sharon Osbourne has revealed details of upcoming dates for the band, and that they're currently at work on their new album.
As Blabbermouth notes, when asked whether Australian fans would be seeing Sabbath soon, Sharon had the following answer:
"Of course you are," Sharon replied. "[Black Sabbath are] in the studio right now with [producer] Rick Rubin recording. And they are going to be touring here in the spring of next year. Definitely."
While the band had U.S and European shows scheduled after their reunion was announced last year, Sabbath had to cancel these due to guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis. In the end, the group only performed three dates; a warm-up show in their home town of Birmingham, Download Festival, and Lollapalooza.
Speaking to the NME earlier this year, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler offered some insights into how the work on the new Sabbath album was going, with Osbourne stating:
"We've written about 15 songs so far. Whether they all get on the album, I don't know. We just keep on writing."
Ozzy also alluded to the album's title: "Next year, 2013, is a good clue to what we're going to call the album."
Geezer Butler described how Rubin's approach to producing was affecting their approach: "He sat us down, put the first album on and said 'listen to this', imagine it's 1969, you've just done that, what would you do next?"
Iommi added, "It's taken on the flavor of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it."
Psyched about Sabbath's return? Let us know in the comments.