Ozzy Osbourne Describes New Black Sabbath Album As 'Satanic Blues'

Check out what Ozzy Osbourne has to say about an upcoming Black Sabbath release.

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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.

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    Burkz
    I WANT THE ALBUM NOW!!!
    jsp16
    Black Sabbath to save this generations rock n roll? Oh no I forgot Fallout Boy already has that covered
    spyder52
    "It starts off, 'God is dead', but at the end it says, 'I don't believe that God is dead.'" ... pretty frickin awesome lyrics
    bifteksupernova
    "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" tony iommi is speaking in poetry, or am i the only one who read it that way?
    -Retro-
    So many great releases for this year, and this is only one of them. I hope Brad Wilk's drumming can match some of the older Sabbath stuff that Bill Ward played.
    a drummer
    As much as i would like to see Bill in this, I think Mr. Wilk will do just fine. Phenomenal drummer
    rolandroi
    Or they'll need Lars Ulrich's help.
    petruzh
    That actually sounds very promising, and hopefully ''13'' will be chanced to somethin else
    jay3213
    He described it as "hmmhmmhm blues hmhmatemmmhmm metal hmmhmm SHARRROOONN!!!!!"
    animemetalhead
    It's like the satanic blues...so it's just like all the other Black Sabbath albums with Ozzy? HOORAY! No sarcasm here, that's really kick ass.
    Onehitsrock
    Old school Black Sabbath with a high-quality modern sound and recording....Should be ****ing awesome!
    Freddiez79
    Can't wait for this album and ozzy just made it worse with "satanic blues" holy s#it! That's one of the coolest things ever
    vppark2
    In b4 Black Sabbath is not Black Sabbsth without Bill Ward arguments.
    stickman31
    Black Sabbath is not Black Sabbsth without Bill Ward, it's still just Black Sabbath
    metalhead2475
    Black Sabbath is not Black Sabbath without Bill Ward
    vikingman369
    so The Mob Rules isn't Black Sabbath, then, and neither is Dehumanizer or any of the Tony Martin albums. Well, Bill wasn't on those albums, so therefore, they CANNOT be Black Sabbath by your statement
    metalhead2475
    I was being a smart ass, Mob Rules and Heaven and Hell are great albums.
    anvil is god
    I'd say the Heaven and Hell is the best Sabbath album.
    Onehitsrock
    Old school Black Sabbath with a high-quality modern sound and recording....Should be ****ing awesome!
    Do Re Mi
    I really find it amazing they're making this record. They're probably more excited than the fans! I'm thinking songs reminiscent of "Wicked World" and "The Wizard." If I hear anything remotely close to that I'll cry teh tears of joyz.
    sgwizard92
    Sabotage ought to be considered a metal classic. It's the best album Sabbath did. Fantastic.
    Braykah
    I'd say that this is shaping up to be a great album. Hopefully '13' is just a working title and Rick doesn't make the sound production too compressed, and I'm particularly interested in him talking about capturing the jazz influence and live interaction of their first four albums as well. Looking forward to hear more about it.
    cfhdomination
    I'm also interested in them bringing back the jazz influences and the live feel. Those elements are what made those first four records so great, especially on songs like "Fairies Wear Boots" and "The Wizard," just to name a couple.
    kiba56
    I'm wondering how it'll sound to. I hope it's gonna be a good album
    crosskip
    "I wanted to make an album that stood alongside their first four albums. " Rubin never heard their brilliant 5th and 6th record?
    base851
    I kind of like "God Is Dead" as an album title. Sort of one-up Slayer's "God Hates Us All".
    gibsonfan21
    Am I the only one really excited for "God Is Dead"? I just really love Nietzsche's writing and music with deep lyrics.
    ETID666
    Kinda wish they were all still raging and partying I mean its good there off drugs and booze but some of the best stuff they made was when they were all jacked up
    ryanrose
    as much as i cant wait for this album to hit, i dont want to get too excited as these comeback albums can often be disappointing, as we saw with Van Halen in 2012.