Black Sabbath: Going Back To Where It All Started

Black Sabbath's official Facebook page has been updated with a message about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's new album.

Black Sabbath: Going Back To Where It All Started
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Black Sabbath's official Facebook page has been updated with a message about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's new album following the revelation earlier this month that guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer. "The guys have moved writing sessions from Los Angeles to Birmingham, England," the message reads. "Sabbath has gone back to where it all started and it's been just amazing. This is where the writing of the album will be completed. Funny how it all goes full circle sometimes." Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler last week wrote on his web site, "Today (January 19) we got the engines back up and running at Tony's home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump - it's great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C." Butler continued, "Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can't wait for you all to hear our workings; it has been great working on this stuff." He added, "I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band - it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world." Iommi himself told The Pulse Of Radio shortly before his illness was diagnosed, that at the age of 63 he was busier than ever: "There's more than ever. You expect to sort of slow down at this time of life, but it's gone absolutely berserk. And it's great, I love it, being approached by different people to do projects - and well-known people. It's quite exciting." Sabbath announced this past November that the band's original lineup - Butler, Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward - was reuniting to record its first album in 33 years, to be followed by a world tour. The status of the tour has been thrown into question by Iommi's condition, although it has been reported that Iommi seemed to be responding well to early treatment. Sabbath is still scheduled to appear at this June's Download Festival in the U.K., although a planned headlining slot at April's Coachella Festival in California was scrapped. Iommi's bandmate in Sabbath and Heaven & Hell, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67.

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    keiser8339
    deadlydictator wrote: eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter. If praying works... Dear Jesus, i want a Marshall JCM head and 4 orange 4x12s loaded with celestions. nope, still have my POS Marshall MG250DFX...
    I think you mean Santa Claus, not Jesus.
    jurnag12
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    How about this, regardless of the effectiveness of prayer, TONY'S RESPONDING WELL TO EARLY TREATMENT, HANG OUT THE BANNERS!
    BigSpence
    Why did they have to mention the bit at the end about Ronnie? I wish he was still alive, but it has nothing to do with the article.
    deadlydictator
    Saw this on my Facebook Feed yesterday. Really ****in excited for this. Also hope Tony recovers.
    Eifler121
    So they mean back to where it all started physically? That's kind of funny actually. About praying; God isn't supposed to be a genie, it's not an uncommon way of thought in Christianity to think that God isn't really involved in the actions of our lives, that he's just around somewhere watching. Theologically or not, whether it be prayer, meditation, or just a good attitude, positive thinking goes a long way.
    bmarlatt1685
    fede01_8 wrote: SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit
    What the hell, man... Totally uncalled for. I'd love to know that people were praying for my health if I got diagnosed with a terminal illness. You didn't even bother to mention anything about the album or Tony's progress. You were only a dick to someone who was trying to wish Tony well. Glad to see Tony's still in good spirits about making the new album. Looking forward it.
    ne14t
    BigSpence wrote: Why did they have to mention the bit at the end about Ronnie? I wish he was still alive, but it has nothing to do with the article.
    Because they are both cancer related topics probably; however still really no need to mention it.
    Noob_Brood
    These are the articles I don't mind UG to constantly upload on there site, especially when a grave illness effects one of their members. Keep us updated on Tony's condition please!
    i_am_metalhead
    Minivirus2 wrote: although it has been reported that Iommi seemed to be responding well to early treatment. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the same thing said for Dio, then he suddenly took a turn for the worst and passed away? Please don't jinx it!! This world needs Iommi!
    It may have been the case, but there's a huge difference between Iommi and Dio. 1) They discovered Iommi's cancer in the very early stages because Iommi and the rest of the band get regular checkups. They found Dio's cancer when it was in its final stages because, although urged to by his band mates, he refused to get regular checkups. 2) Iommi has lymphoma, one of the (if not THE) most treatable forms of cancer. Dio had stomach cancer, which is often times very difficult to treat.
    RiffsanBridges
    keiser8339 wrote: deadlydictator wrote: eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter. If praying works... Dear Jesus, i want a Marshall JCM head and 4 orange 4x12s loaded with celestions. nope, still have my POS Marshall MG250DFX... I think you mean Santa Claus, not Jesus.
    I'mma start praying for Santa Claus!
    Thrash Addict
    SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit There is no need to be a dick. People have their belief's. There is nothing wrong with having faith.
    shredder3386
    I was trying to not pump myself up for this album but the more i hear about it the more I cant help but get excited. Its safe to say there is no chance in hell I am missing them if they tour.
    SOAD_rules!!
    It's actually amazing that he's taking his mind off of the cancer thing by writing music. We're gunna get one hell of an album
    BIGD2
    Let's all set aside the religious bs and wish Tony the best. Maybe part of the new album sales can go to cancer research?!
    Brad_Bassist
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    It is a kind of placebo effect, you're right, but praying for someone else to get better wont work.
    Addzam
    People on UG, really? You gonna turn this into a christianity versus atheism argument?
    Eifler121
    lemmon182 wrote: Kind of ironic how he is in a band who make songs about satan and the devil etc, now everyone is praying to God that he gets better.
    None of their songs are satanic at all, they criticize the Church, but other than that, their lyrics when dealing with Satan depict him as evil and manipulative, with more control over humankind than God. There are parts in the Bible about the Devil too. Why do you think they made such dark music?
    Chromex
    eloera1 wrote: I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    Interesting. Got any examples?
    eloera1
    +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit
    I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    kill it
    get well tony. the tour is going to be awesome until ozzy starts to sing.
    fede01_8
    SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon.
    yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit
    deadlydictator
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    If praying works... Dear Jesus, i want a Marshall JCM head and 4 orange 4x12s loaded with celestions. nope, still have my POS Marshall MG250DFX...
    theotherguy7145
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    Our minds are just complex chemical reactions- consisting of matter. Go figure that one out. Back on topic though: Hope Tony makes a good enough recovery to keep doing what he loves- he seemed really upbeat about everything in recent interviews. It'd be a REAL tragedy to the music world if everything collapsed because of his cancer
    Iommianity
    If Tony recovers quickly, it will be because of medical science, and a good outlook. But I also realize that when one prays for other people, half the time they're praying for their own relief, or a way of coping with something terrible. And that's fine, because Iommi having cancer sucks balls.
    Denjario
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    Ok... I did some research. I used this stuff called science. You know, that study of everything that just happens based in facts and evidence? http://www.floridafreethinkers.com/785/s... ic-conclusion-prayer-doesnt-work-part-1/ (That was a quick google, but you see how they reference scientific papers? That's what we call "Proof" here in the real world). Religion can't be proven, that's kind of the point. It wouldn't be faith if you could prove it. It'd be fact. Then it wouldn't be religion, it'd be science. See how that works? Now can we get on with our lives and live and let live? I really don't care if you pray to a flying space butterfly, if it makes you feel better, ain't no skin off my anus. The most important are that people give a shit about Tony and hope that he gets better. If prayer makes them think they are making a difference, then by all means, pray till you shit your pants with piety! I, personally, will just continue to send my well wishes and good luck in a speedy recovery.
    ImagineTheThorn
    lemmon182 wrote: Kind of ironic how he is in a band who make songs about satan and the devil etc, now everyone is praying to God that he gets better.
    It's not really ironic when you consider the fact that the band is mostly religious(spiritual in Geezers case).
    robbie.thecloud
    deadlydictator wrote: eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter. If praying works... Dear Jesus, i want a Marshall JCM head and 4 orange 4x12s loaded with celestions. nope, still have my POS Marshall MG250DFX...
    ok im going to say this im a hard rocker metal head and a christan if you have ever read your bible GOD does listen to prayer's but he doesint have to give you what u want when you pray for something gredy more then likely GOD wont give it to you!!! iv watch my best friend's alomst die and all i did was pray and GOD let them live my mom wasint suppost to be able to live past her cancer's and ton's of other crap but i pray and GOD saved her i can go on and tell you more but this already is going to make someone mad so yes prayer work's so tony we will be praying for you bro!!!!
    elvor0
    eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter.
    Give me an example then.
    ringo710
    Astounding to see so little rationality on this site. It is the absolute height of arrogance to suggest that your god saves you and yours yet doesn't care about the thousands of people who are starving even while I write this. And what does this say to to doctors who are using utterly secular science to treat Iommi? Christians are despicable.
    Minivirus2
    although it has been reported that Iommi seemed to be responding well to early treatment.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the same thing said for Dio, then he suddenly took a turn for the worst and passed away? Please don't jinx it!! This world needs Iommi!
    rickyj
    Brad_Bassist wrote: It is a kind of placebo effect, you're right, but praying for someone else to get better wont work.
    +1
    i_am_metalhead
    ESPVpr104 wrote: DEMON C
    Umm, I hope you realize that the "Demon C" is cancer. I don't see why you would be so happy about it...
    lemmon182
    Kind of ironic how he is in a band who make songs about satan and the devil etc, now everyone is praying to God that he gets better.
    Cokerid
    I wonder what the band's tuning to for this album... Their heaviest stuff was always in C#, so I'm hoping for that (or maybe even lower? )
    Second Rate
    HoverFan#1 wrote: lemmon182 wrote: Kind of ironic how he is in a band who make songs about satan and the devil etc, now everyone is praying to God that he gets better. WTF?! How many songs can you think of that are about Satan? Black Sabbath N.I.B. Got any more?
    More importantly, whenever Sabbath sang about Satan, they always spoke of him as something to be afraid of.
    mh1986
    From Geezers lyrics you could just about make a case that Sabbath was an early Christian Rock band. Most of his lyrics involving the devil are from a fearful perspective not of worship. Many satanic themes in metal are in actuality just metaphors for how people act and society as a whole. Butler's lyrics spoke of many ills, the evil of organized religion, politics, environmentalism and drug abuse to name a few.
    iljh
    RiffsanBridges wrote on 01/25/2012 - 11:45 am / quote | keiser8339 wrote: deadlydictator wrote: eloera1 wrote: +1 fede01_8 wrote on 01/25/2012 - 10:49 am / quote | SuicidalFreak wrote: I've been praying everyday that Tony will get well soon. yeah, and people pray everyday for world peace... praying works for shit I know its off topic, but praying does work. I used to think it didnt till I did a little research on it. I recommend you do a little research, it will change your life. Remember mind over matter. If praying works... Dear Jesus, i want a Marshall JCM head and 4 orange 4x12s loaded with celestions. nope, still have my POS Marshall MG250DFX... I think you mean Santa Claus, not Jesus. I'mma start praying for Santa Claus!
    Or Santa Christ. Don't discriminate Anyways, Tony is doing well in his early treatment so good deal there!