Black Sabbath's upcoming new album is probably one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. Pretty much everyone wants to know how the metal legends sound in the studio with Ozzy Osbourne back on vocals.
In the latest interview with the Rolling Stone, the singer took some time to talk about the forthcoming release, fittingly describing it as "Satanic blues". Osbourne also went on to add that he is not the same "crazy, raging alcoholic drug addict" he used to be during the making of "Never Say Die" back in 1978.
The band's producer Rick Rubin said that he is aiming big, wanting to make an album that can match the first four Black Sabbath releases, mostly considered as metal classics by fans worldwide.
"I wanted to make an album that stood alongside their first four albums. The first album wasn't a straightforward heavy metal record. You could hear the jazz influence, so that was the goal, and to capture that live interaction."
As far as Tony Iommi's battle with cancer goes, the guitarist tells us that things are going "fairly good" so far.
"Things are fairly good, dare I say, at the moment, I'm still here and it's okay. We had to do this album now. Christ, if it happened in another 10 years, I don't know if we'd be around."
With Tony Iommi's cancer battle and Bill Ward's departure from the band, a lot has been going on within the group lately. The drummer position in the studio was filled by Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine with the drum tracks already laid down. Some of the song titles appearing on the new album include "End Of The Beginning", "Age Of Reason" and "God Is Dead" which has a bit of an unexpected turn according to Osbourne.
"It starts off, 'God is dead', but at the end it says, 'I don't believe that God is dead.'", said the vocalist.
The album has entered the mixing stage and is currently set for release somewhere in June 2013 via Vertigo/Universal Republic. Despite "13" being the initial album name, bassist Geezer Butler has recently discovered that it might not be the final one.
"It was sort of a temporary name, so we had something to refer to. It kinda stuck but I don't know whether that's going to be the final title or not", the bassist told KCAL FM.
So what are your opinions on this one? Wondering how will they sound after so many years? Is Rick Rubin up for this task? And will Brad Wilk be able to fill in such big shoes? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.