Monday Fresh: Ozzy Hints At New Sabbath Album Name

The band has written 15 songs so far, and Rick Rubin has motivated them to write a successor to their first album. Excited?

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Ozzy Osbourne has hinted at the title of the new Black Sabbath album while the band updated fans on their recording process.

The singer says they've written about 15 songs, but they'll keep writing anyway. "Where would we be now musically if we'd stayed together?" Ozzy asks himself.

"It's certainly taken on the flavour of the old stuff, but we've put a newer look on it," he added. "Next year - 2013 - is a good clue of what we'll call the album."

Geezer Butler says producer Rick Rubin has been motivating the band to revive their old style of writing: "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?"

Meanwhile, Tony Iommi says their homecoming show in Birmingham last month was a huge morale boost after months of fighting cancer.

"What I've gone through the last year, I've been living in a different world. To be able to come back on stage and get that is fantastic," he said. "It really boosts you up."

Iommi briefly commented on the difficult situation with their original drummer Bill Ward, who declined to partake in the reunion because of difficulty negotiating a contract.

"We've had our ups and downs over the years, feuds, this, that and the other," said Iommi. "It all sorts out and the friendship never goes away, whatever's going on. This band is strange like that."

Can you guess what the album title will be from Ozzy's clue of "2013"? Add your guess below.

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    Seref
    "I Survived the Mayan Apocalypse and All I Got was This Stupid T Shirt"?
    EpicBeaver
    "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?"
    Imagine if they just re-released Paranoid..
    Cool Guy Dave
    year of the snake, or something related to a snake probably cause 2013 would be the year of the snake
    zirkonflex
    Greg Fidelman is the one who ****s up the mixing actually, that's not Rubin, although hearing Rubin is in charge is usually impending doom to any project.
    Lacebad
    Lightning_Ray wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: "Ozzy is 2013 Years Old" ? His soul might be, but I bet his body has twice the age. Seriously, I can't think of anyone else who survived to so many drugs, alcohol and God knows what else.
    I'll give you a clue, it starts with an "L" ends in a "y" and has more jack daniels and speed in the middle than you've had hot dinners.
    fdarkbladeus
    I've no idea. If it has to do with "Next year - 2013" that is not helpful. It could include the word 2013, or not. Whatever it is, I pray it has Bill on it, all the four. He is a quarter of their sound. Together, they are THE BEST!
    yaronbeery
    [quote]i_am_metalhead wrote: yaronbeery wrote: seems to be rubin's trade mark that whole "back to your roots" thing. it's the same thing he did with metallica with the death magnetic sessions. see how the sabbath boys' back to basics will turn out. You're obviously not familiar with Rick Rubin. He is the reason Slayer has sounded the same for the past 25 years. He's very good at getting bands to stick to a particular sound. well that's exactly what i'm talking about. there should be a progression in creating music over the years. and it seems like he's trying to fixate on a certain sound and recreate it instead of pushing the creative process further to something new.
    wembly
    Sheep Shagger wrote: wembly wrote: there's an article somewhere, where bill ward talks about the contract. Apparently Sharon has a grudge against him. That was an April Fools joke, if you couldn't tell by the way it was written...
    I didn't read it on April, i've been like in and out of hospital a bit so i don't have too much time on my computer. THanks for informing me though
    Sheep Shagger
    wembly wrote: there's an article somewhere, where bill ward talks about the contract. Apparently Sharon has a grudge against him.
    That was an April Fools joke, if you couldn't tell by the way it was written...
    Sheep Shagger
    AngelWolf wrote: well im guessing it will be called "13" or something to do with the number.
    Th1rt3en???
    almudjk
    xHellbound wrote: Geezer Butler says producer Rick Rubin has been motivating the band to revive their old style of writing: "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?" Smoke?
    more like snort
    sgwizard92
    [quote]dezmoines333 wrote: how bout another self titled album for a new generation, could work too[/quote Why does this have 6 dislikes? It's not that bad of an idea. Compared to the other things you people are suggesting.
    iommi600
    "Next year - 2013 - is a good clue of what we'll call the album."
    Umm... Actually, it's not :p
    geor4ge
    20-13 I would say. Hope bill and the rest sort everythong out before that. Wish that we had album update messages on youtube samples of what tjey are at. Wish I could hear
    yaronbeery
    seems to be rubin's trade mark that whole "back to your roots" thing. it's the same thing he did with metallica with the death magnetic sessions. see how the sabbath boys' back to basics will turn out.
    YOURMOMSGUITAR
    This is the only news article today that isn't about someone doing something totally douchey.
    g.k
    nah it could be related to surviving the 2012 fiasco like Still Alive.