Black Sabbath: 'We Named a New Album '13' to P-ss Off Record Company'

Geezer Butler reveals a story behind the band's new album title.

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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler reveals a story behind "13" album title (via NME).

Discussing the album, Geezer Butler recalled: "Originally the record company wanted us to do 13 songs so that we'd have a choice. We'd get to ten and we'd go 'OK, that's it, we're not writing any more'. They'd say 'no, we want 13' so it was like, let's call the album '13' just to piss them off... and then we ended doing 16!"

Continuing, Butler said that recording 16 songs for the album gave the band a chance to show off their range.

"The good thing is, we've got a lot of light and shade now," he explained. "When we were at about ten [songs], it was all, like, ultra heavy stuff, all ten songs. And then we made this six more: there's an acoustic one, there's a blues songs, there's a couple of fast ones in there."

"13" is the first album Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978's "Never Say Die." The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin and it features Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.

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    Honey Badger
    I work at a record store and have been listening to 13 since the shipment came in on Saturday. You guys are in for a treat, it's excellent.
    Same situation with me. Picked it up on vinyl & it hasn't left my turntable since. Love how reminiscent it feels, like they never stopped writing together.
    I'm picturing a Honey Badger, wearing a name tag, mauling all the customers at a record store, just not giving a ****.
    Heh, It's been out in NZ since last Friday. And OH MY GOD it is bloody SOLID! Like Honey Badger said, you guys are definately in for a treat
    Buying it at Best Buy.. heard theres an additional bonus track that isn't on itunes.
    I find listening to 13 in the car makes me a much better driver...well faster...
    Face R1pper
    Yeah I found that the repetitive and monotonous songs on the album made me want to make up for the lack of energy in other facets of life as well.
    Black Sabbath is making a new album with Ozzy, and you're ordering them around? The thing would've sold if there were four songs on it.
    You're right, man!! Something new from a band like Black Sabbath is always going to be of interest, and therefore - it's gonna sell.
    I don't think it's pissing Dave Mustaine off, if anything, it could be only a sign of respect for him and Megadeth. Listen to songs from newest Megadeth, Super Collider (genius twist in Megadeth music, more southern-rock style): "Kingmaker" and "Burn!". "Kingmaker" has vocal line as a tribute to Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave", and "Burn!" is a bit of a tribute to Ozzy & Zakk Wylde (their song "Desire"). Like a wink to them . Check that out.
    no, you called it 13 because you had no ideas on what else to call it. so you picked something, childish and clich. if were are just being honest
    If i were a multi-platinum recording artist, I'd have a big problem giving a boring name to something I spent years working on.
    16? I've counted only to 12: 8 songs of standard version and 4 in best buy bonus disc. what's missing?
    Well that sounds like something they would do... A little funny thought.
    I bought it an hour ago, it's really good. They did mine their former selves, but in a neat, almost fanservice way. This is everything Death Magnetic wasn't, and vice versa. There is some Ozzy solo sound in there, but in a good way.
    Lord Waltaa
    I thought they were just acting like a bunch of 13 year olds.
    if they wanted to piss of the record company they would of called it=SATANIC PICNIC
    'let's call the album '13' just to piss them off... and then we ended doing 16!' Surely they are pissed off because of your sarcasm after all the millions of dollars from sales and promotion.
    As far as I'm concerned it's an album full of meh. The lyrics are pretty much horrendous. A lot of it sounds very forced. There are a lot of cool riffs but very few complete songs.
    These guys are this good even when they're past 60. It just shows, how good musicians they are.
    I don't see how it really would piss a company off very much. But anyways it's nice to see the band have control of their production.