Black Sabbath: ''13' Is a Masterpiece'

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne says he is "bowled over the way" the new album sounds.

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As the June 10 release of the massively-anticipated new record from metal's most influential act steadily approaches, frontman Ozzy Osbourne took some time to discuss the direction the band has decided to take, as well as the overall feel the album brings.

Titled "13," the upcoming Black Sabbath release will see the group going back to their roots and the classic raw Sabbath sound featured in their first four records. And it would seem that the final product might be far better than we have expected.

"It's a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned," Osbourne tells The West Australian. "I heard the finished thing last week and I've got to be truthful with you, I was so bowled over by the way it sounded. If you liked Black Sabbath in the old days, you got to love '13.' It's very heavy. It's very, very heavy.

"I'm my own worst critic," the singer adds. "Rather than the pluses I look for the minuses. And I haven't been this excited for an album in a long, long time. I can't remember the last time."

One of the main driving forces for the band to go back to the original sound was the producer Rick Rubin, who constantly kept pointing the four-piece towards their debut release.

"Rubin kept going on about the first album," Ozzy said. "I'm thinking, 'What you going on about the first album for?' I suddenly got it. You know what you need to do before you start playing for real? Just jam. And one of the jams ended up on the album.

"[Rubin] wouldn't have me singing anything related to happy, fun, anything like that. It was a bit of a sticking point at times."

The vocalist finally went on to discuss his own turbulent life, recollecting some crazy old memories, as well as "The Osbournes" TV series. Although the show did prove itself as somewhat of a root of his children's own drug issues, the vocalist seemingly showed no regrets, calling it all a part of the "God's master plan."

"My kids have got a career out of it, and my wife did. She loves to do television, my wife. I'm not particularly crazy about it but I'll do it if I have to.

"The blessing I have is that today I'm alive," the frontman says. "My heart stopped more than once and they got me going again. I had a bike accident a few years back, nearly broke my neck, smashed my clavicle, broke my ribs, punctured my lungs.

"I've fallen down flights of stairs, lift shafts, everything in my life. Been arrested for attempted murder, which I'm not really proud of. But I never thought I could go into a recording studio and do an album totally sober. It's better than it was."

To give fans the idea of how "13" sounds like, the band has already streamed the first official single "God is Dead?" as well as premiere a total of two new tracks, "End of the Beginning" and "Methademic," live during their latest Australian concert trek.

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    This riff defines the sense of impending doom. Classic Black Sabbath.
    It's also probably the most boring and overrated/over talked about riff in the bands history. The main riff in Black Moon, Country Girl, the bridge in Sweet Leaf, the main riff to Symptom of the Universe, so many great riffs, so many great songs, but "Black Sabbath" is one of their weakest.
    I love how the second highest comment is only 9 votes Loving God Is Dead and I wish I could get tickets to go see them perform! If you have some, I hope you enjoy yourself!
    Cliff Burton <3
    this album is gonna be great.the bass lines and the riffs from these 3 tracks are pure black sabbath cant wait to buy it
    hey, if cliff burton says its gonna be good... it's gonna be ****ing great!
    Just saw it, total bummer. I hardly listen to Slayer nowadays, but they were one of the bands that got me into metal. And well, it was kinda sad to see the last days of his life, fighting against that spider bite. RIP. EDIT: not sure if it's too soon to think about this, but what will Slayer be from now on? Kerry King is a complete disaster leading both the guitar parts and the band's issues and Lombardo is officially out too, so...
    What Shithead keeps downvoting these Sabbath updates??
    Obviously someone whos still ticked that Bill Ward isn't in the band.
    Or just knows that Ozzy cant sing for shit these days and that there are millions of other Doom metal bands out there doing way more interesting things than Sabbath. It's a huge genre, and they are all using what Sabbath did on their first albums and creating something respectable out of it. Sabbath are legends, but that does not make them bulletproof from making shit material. And let the downvotes begin I guess...
    I often find that I can easily forgive legendary bands for making a shit album or two, it's got to be hard to consistently please everyone. I even forgive Metallica for some lack-luster efforts simply because they once gave us 5 incredible classic albums. Yes, The Black Album included! I don't mean it in a way that says "NO! They can never do wrong! They're gods!" I mean it more like "They've done all they can to break the ground, it's up to them what they do now, we can just enjoy the classics if we want that sound."
    All I'm really talking about are fans that are all like "BLACK SABBATH ARE GODS WHOM CAN DO NO WRONG AND THIS ALBUM WILL BE THE BEST IF OZY SAYS SO" Yes, they were gods but chill out on some of the fanboy-ism... Ozzy sounds just horrible in my opinion, aututuned to shit in the studio and making awkward shouts live that just ruin the experience...
    Rufus Shinra
    All I'm really talking about are the arse clown twats who are all like "Black Sabbath are shit can't put out new material and isn't all analog" Yes, they are gods cut chill out on the douche bagging.... You haven't even heard more than three of the new song yet you know what the album sounds live in Iceland yet know what Ozzy's vocals sound like live these days. Fuck off back to school.
    I have seen a bunch of youtube vids and my friend saw him live a year or two ago. And what makes you think I couldn't have just flown over and seem him at a gig? Chack out voodrew's comment. That guy gets my point.
    Just so you know brought a girl home last night and "god is dead?" was playing and when we were in bed she looked up and asked "what is this?" to which I replied "Sabbath" and then she proceeded to do ungodly things to me so as far as I'm concerned it sounds great
    Rufus Shinra
    Can't sing for shit these days? Well I heard him sing live eight days ago and for someone that old who did that much drugs and can barely say a coherent sentence between songs Ozzy is still a ****ing good singer.
    Sorry, I disagree. I've seen Ozzy with Sabbs and solo on numerous occasions and he can't sing for shit.
    I agree, I love old Sabbath and pre 1995 Ozzy, but now his voice is weak and not as interesting. Meanwhile bands like Witchcraft, Red Fang, Early Man, Torche, Greenleaf, Orchid, Wolf Man, Sasquatch, Kadaver, Royal Thunder, Uncle Acid, and the eye are putting out some awesome stoner Sabbath like material. If you like Sabbath like I do check out some of these bands.
    Obviously eh? Cause everyone can read other peoples minds eh? Who cares why its getting "down votes".
    matteo cubano
    "[Rubin] wouldn't have me singing anything related to happy, fun, anything like that. It was a bit of a sticking point at times." this cracks me up.
    Slayer wasn't a band I really liked. Saw them live in '07 and it was an experience, though. Sad news to hear. Lord knows Hanneman was a better guitarist than Kerry King ever will be..
    I don't get it. How much merit is there in someone calling their own music a "masterpiece"?
    They played another new song called "Loner" in Melbourne. You can find it on youtube.
    nice just want my copy now.... ****in hell,roll on december belfast.... cant ****in wate!
    I hope it is a masterpiece and what I've heard sounds promising, but he wasn't going to say "I'm gutted with how it turned out, it sounds like shit"
    I'm not sure Ozzy understands the meaning of "masterpiece"... Oh, and I like old school Sabbath, just an fyi there.
    "[Rubin] wouldn't have me singing anything related to happy, fun, anything like that. It was a bit of a sticking point at times." Then how is it "classic Sabbath"?
    Pablo Mortis
    Cos even when someone was happy in a classic Sabbath song, Lucifer'd come out and shit on 'em. xD
    Sabbra Cadabra, probably one of the best Sabbath tunes, is a straight-up love song. Planet Caravan, another one of their best, is a beautiful song about flying through space together. Sweet Leaf, the genesis of the stoner metal subgenre, is just about how great weed is. You don't actually listen to Black Sabbath, do you? This whole project rubs me the wrong way. It feels like Rick is trying to get them to imitate what Black Sabbath once was, rather than letting them operate naturally and evolve.
    Of course it is, it's Tony Iommi we're talking about. And Geezer, the overlooked wordsmith.
    God are you there? Please don't let this suck.. Please? I hope you're not dead , I really want this to be awesome
    clearly someone didnt pass on the message but god is dead mate...
    it's more of a question as to whether god is dead, which is the point of that song if I remember reading an interview with ozzy correctly
    every time you hear a happy Sabbath song a demon gets its wings! lmmfao
    Looking forward to it, I like anything with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler in it