Black Sabbath Confirm New Album, World Tour

The founding fathers of metal have announced a world tour and new album to be produced by Rick Rubin. Watch the announcement here.

Black Sabbath Confirm New Album, World Tour
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Black Sabbath have officially reunited! A new video on their official website confirms the worst kept secret in the rock world for months, which you can see below. One surprise is the confirmation of a brand new album, their first in 33 years, to be released in fall 2012. Speaking at a press conference on November 11, bassist Geezer Butlers says the new songs are "back to the old Sabbath style and sound. The stuff that Tony [Iommi] has been playing is absolutely brilliant." Iommi is said to have finished seven or eight songs, which they will take to producer Rick Rubin for completion. The band credit Rubin for encouraging to make another record, with Iommi joking: "He phoned us every give minutes!" "[Rubin] was the obvious choice," said Ozzy Osbourne of the producer who has worked with Metallica, Slipknot, Slayer, System Of A Down and leading artists from other genres. The band will headline Download festival on June 12 next year, before commencing on a worldwide tour, which will earn them a share of more than 100 million ($160 million), according to The People (via NME). Over their career, Black Sabbath have sold over 70 million albums, and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. They have reformed several times over the years, but the rumours of a new reunion were less expected because of their age and the gruelling requirements of a large scale tour. When guitarist Tony Iommi was asked if they were fit enough to continue, he answered "Who knows? I mean, somebody might keel over."
Are you excited about hearing new material from one of the greatest metal bands of all time? Share your excitement or otherwise in the comments.

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    Marrowoflife
    When I saw Black Sabbath in 1999 Pantera opened up. That was a show to remember.
    Rob E
    "Every give minutes"? Also, i hope this album doesn't suffer from the loudness/clipping thing. Apart from that, it's ****ing awesome...yeah they are old, but this could be my first and last opportunity to see them live, and i will do that.
    SuicidalFreak
    Hey, I'm the first to comment on this? Well, it's good news that they're back. I can't wait to hear the new album and see them live again.
    SGofawesome
    Speaking at a press conference on September 11, bassist Geezer Butlers says the new songs are "back to the old Sabbath style and sound. The stuff that Tony [Iommi] has been playing is absolutely brilliant. Speaking at a press conference on September 11, September 11 ?!?!?!?!?
    slipknot836
    0zzmosis wrote: mickallica wrote: I Just came and it felt good. Me too...
    Safe to say we all did.
    Metallidethium
    I mean I absolutely love old Black Sabbath, even though I liked their material with Dio better, but after Ozzy's recently stale albums, I can't get too excited over this. Hopefully Tony can add some spice to this album.
    Rob E
    SIEGE312 wrote: I thought Metallica was supposed to headline download??? UG you just posted that last week!
    Download is a 3 day festival. Metallica are headlining day 2, Sabbath headlining day 3.
    i_am_metalhead
    NeXEkho wrote: Oh Christ Rick Rubin. We all know what this is going to sound like. BZZZZZ THUD THUD THUD BZZZ
    Too bad for Sabbath that Rick Rubin is one of the most amazing producers alive. Yea he may hire retards to mix the album, but he himself is a complete genius.
    jurnag12
    I consider this a huge dick-move. I finally got done waiting for Skyrim, then Sabbath announce a new album! Will they never allow me to sleep soundly?!?! Seriously though, looking forward to it immensely, especially the chance to see BLACK F*CKING SABBATH live.
    HaistaPaska92
    YEAH! If they come here when I'm doing my military training I'll break my arm or something so that I can see them. I'm not gonna miss this
    HarvesterofPain
    goldenManticore wrote: *Everyone excited *le album release *Everyone bitches because it doesn't sound like their classic catalogue
    The force is strong with this one, this is exactly what's gonna happen. But yeah, I'm still excited.
    thrashmonkey
    oncetaken wrote: I will pay ANY amount of money to see them. There is no force that can prevent me from making it to this show. By the way, who the hell gets picked to open for Sabbath? Thoughts?
    I think The Sword should open for them, it seems like a natural choice
    cory_i
    With Rick Rubin producing, Black Sabbath are gonna show everyone how metal is really done. Fuck yeah!
    Metallidethca
    "All apologies to Kiss... You Wanted the best, you got the best. The best band in the world BLACK SABBATH"
    K!!LsWiTcH
    am i the only one who doesnt like rubins metal production? everything else is pretty ace to me but i dont think he suits metal well
    sstony
    Worst decision Tony has ever made as an artist. This is clearly nothing but a cash grab. Their website says "Reunited. 33 years in the making". I'd really like someone to clarify what band I saw in 2005 then, as I'm under the impression that I saw Black Sabbath. The album will be subpar because Ozzy's vocals will need to be autotuned to hell, and the shows will be subpar as they'll be once again playing 70 minute headlining sets, with the same dozen songs they played to death from 1997 to 2005. All of the Sabbath fans who care solely about the quality of the music as opposed to just seeing a legendary line-up regardless of how bad they sound seem to agree; the right path to take would have been to get Tony Martin back for another new album and tour, with either Bill Ward or (more likely) Vinny Appice on drums. Tony still has a killer voice, and he can do pretty much anything from Ozzy, Dio, Gillian, or Hughes, sometimes better than the original vocalists did.
    Get back in your hole and stay there untill the world tour ends, and your not allowed to buy the cd either.
    mtl4life
    Knowing how Tony Iommi writes his music, the new albumn is gonna sound like Black Sabbath. Bill Ward is gonna sound like Bill Ward drumming. With all of the original members on board, this is gonna be Sabbath at its best! Now hopefully it will be a dry mix and not overly glossy sounding with ball removing reverb. Make it sound ballsy!
    etceteranough
    Alright. I found the songs that I asked about.. they were Faeries wear boots and Under the Sun... can't believe I never heard these songs. Good shit.
    de-fexxx666
    adamzam wrote: de-fexxx666 wrote: Worst decision Tony has ever made as an artist. This is clearly nothing but a cash grab. Their website says "Reunited. 33 years in the making". I'd really like someone to clarify what band I saw in 2005 then, as I'm under the impression that I saw Black Sabbath. The album will be subpar because Ozzy's vocals will need to be autotuned to hell, and the shows will be subpar as they'll be once again playing 70 minute headlining sets, with the same dozen songs they played to death from 1997 to 2005. All of the Sabbath fans who care solely about the quality of the music as opposed to just seeing a legendary line-up regardless of how bad they sound seem to agree; the right path to take would have been to get Tony Martin back for another new album and tour, with either Bill Ward or (more likely) Vinny Appice on drums. Tony still has a killer voice, and he can do pretty much anything from Ozzy, Dio, Gillian, or Hughes, sometimes better than the original vocalists did. Dude do us all a favour and just keep your negative pms comments to your self. Not only is the mighty Black Sabbath reuniting they're making another album... this is amazing news!!! Also money grab? what? you think they're going to travel around the world for free? come on man people need to eat, they all have families they need to feed. I'll gladly pay to see them.
    Did I ever say I expect them to play for free? No. I said this tour is fueled by money, it's evident even in the way they're promoting it so far. It's propaganda; they're trying to make people feel like they NEED to see this, and it has never happened in decades and it will never happen again. I don't care how legendary they are; they're simply not a good live band anymore. Ozzy's voice is shot and he's too scared to try singing any deep album cuts, and Bill Ward already had to simplify his drumming parts during the last reunion tours; his health hasn't gotten any better in the past 6 years. If they go out and start sounding great and playing deep album cuts like Symptom Of The Universe, Changes, Under The Sun, Planet Caravan, etc, I'll be the first to admit I was wrong. But it's just not gonna happen; history has proved it time and time again.
    Skuzzmo
    It's cool that they're back and stuff.... and I will be eager to see them play..... but last time I saw them, after I'd got over the novely of "OMG!, OMG!, OMG! it's black ****ing Sabbath" they turned out to be just disappointing. I thought their performance was limp. There didn't seem to be any power in the songs and Ozzy was, to be frank, bloody awful. Oh well, may be they were just on a bad night. Better luck next time.
    shredder3386
    Sparda93 wrote: I`m so excited my stomach hurts...no, it`s not bullshit, it ****ing hurts..
    Haha me 2, this should be ****ing epic
    doomplant
    de-fexxx666 wrote: Worst decision Tony has ever made as an artist. This is clearly nothing but a cash grab. Their website says "Reunited. 33 years in the making". I'd really like someone to clarify what band I saw in 2005 then, as I'm under the impression that I saw Black Sabbath. The album will be subpar because Ozzy's vocals will need to be autotuned to hell, and the shows will be subpar as they'll be once again playing 70 minute headlining sets, with the same dozen songs they played to death from 1997 to 2005. All of the Sabbath fans who care solely about the quality of the music as opposed to just seeing a legendary line-up regardless of how bad they sound seem to agree; the right path to take would have been to get Tony Martin back for another new album and tour, with either Bill Ward or (more likely) Vinny Appice on drums. Tony still has a killer voice, and he can do pretty much anything from Ozzy, Dio, Gillian, or Hughes, sometimes better than the original vocalists did.
    In some parts I agree with you. This whole thing is being announced as "the first Sabbath studio album in 33 years", but hey, didn't they release Forbidden in 1995? Like what happened a few years ago with the great RJD, I would rather see a reunion with Gillan or Hughes. Martin isn't a bad singer, it's just that he sounds a bit too "generic" to me when compared to the others that held the mic in Black Sabbath. But we all know this is just a fan's (fool's?) dream.
    daheck1210
    I wish people would get off of Rubin's back about sound quality. HE DIDN'T MIX DEATH MAGNETIC! God, he produced it. The MIXER compressed it all to hell and made the quality horrible.
    oncetaken
    I will pay ANY amount of money to see them. There is no force that can prevent me from making it to this show. By the way, who the hell gets picked to open for Sabbath? Thoughts?
    Teh Skisgaars
    Not Rick Rubin... he's ruined so many good artists with his constant battle to make the tracks as loud as possible... brickwall compression is not a "metal" thing.
    royalewcheese35
    schooligan wrote: Greece needs you, please come play a concert here
    Isn't your country in massive debt with austerity measures being put in place? I don't think they'll let people pay for their concert tickets with I.O.U.'s haha, jk.
    buchla200
    Such good news. Honestly, I love them all, but Bill Ward is what gives the original line up their unique side. No other drummer does what he does. Geezer is IMHO 1 of the 3 best rock bass players ( with John Paul Jones and Entwistle) Iommi - my favorite rock guitarist by far. Ozzie - If he is on form, it will be cool.
    NeXEkho
    Oh Christ Rick Rubin. We all know what this is going to sound like. BZZZZZ THUD THUD THUD BZZZ
    robertito696
    NeXEkho wrote: Oh Christ Rick Rubin. We all know what this is going to sound like. BZZZZZ THUD THUD THUD BZZZ
    They're all established musicians, hopefully they won't let Rubin mess with their sound too much. For now I am optimistic, though just barely.
    goldenManticore
    *Everyone excited *le album release *Everyone bitches because it doesn't sound like their classic catalogue
    Iliekgitaz
    This is great! Personally though I wish Dio was fronting them again.. but..... Anyway seeing the original members back together with new material should be VERY interesting to say the least.
    adamzam
    de-fexxx666 wrote: Worst decision Tony has ever made as an artist. This is clearly nothing but a cash grab. Their website says "Reunited. 33 years in the making". I'd really like someone to clarify what band I saw in 2005 then, as I'm under the impression that I saw Black Sabbath. The album will be subpar because Ozzy's vocals will need to be autotuned to hell, and the shows will be subpar as they'll be once again playing 70 minute headlining sets, with the same dozen songs they played to death from 1997 to 2005. All of the Sabbath fans who care solely about the quality of the music as opposed to just seeing a legendary line-up regardless of how bad they sound seem to agree; the right path to take would have been to get Tony Martin back for another new album and tour, with either Bill Ward or (more likely) Vinny Appice on drums. Tony still has a killer voice, and he can do pretty much anything from Ozzy, Dio, Gillian, or Hughes, sometimes better than the original vocalists did.
    Dude do us all a favour and just keep your negative pms comments to your self. Not only is the mighty Black Sabbath reuniting they're making another album... this is amazing news!!! Also money grab? what? you think they're going to travel around the world for free? come on man people need to eat, they all have families they need to feed. I'll gladly pay to see them.
    iup788
    This is great! I liked Sabbath's reunion album with Dio, so if they make a good Ozzy-style one it'll rock!