Black Sabbath Premiere New Song 'End of the Beginning' Live

Heavy metal pioneers perform the new track at their world tour opening date in New Zealand.

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Although an exclusive premiere of the new Black Sabbath single "End Of The Beginning" is scheduled to take place during a "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" season finale cameo, metal veterans have decided to already include the upcoming single as a part of their live shows.

Therefore, the new song found its way to the setlist of their world tour opener on April 20 in Auckland, New Zealand. Just last week, the band has officially premiered the new single "God Is Dead?," an epic 9-minute jam quite reminiscent of the classic Sabbath material.

As for the "End of the Beginning," the tune might remind you of the group's debut album title track, starting off with a similar eerie riff, just to switch into a full-rocking groove afterwards. You can check out the bootleg footage from the concert below.

In a recent chat with BBC, frontman Ozzy Osbourne talked about the latest studio work, his approach to vocal lines recording, as well as the entire experience of collaborating with producer Rick Rubin.

"Rick Rubin did a great job producing it ... He wanted to go right back to the basics, when we did our first album. He was asking us questions about, 'When you did this track, did you have this and that?'"

"With today's technology, you can sound like anybody. But what Rick Rubin did was he didn't overdub everything, he didn't make everything over the top, he just kept it like it was a live album. We were in the studio and we all recorded live. We would do a track a day and he knew when he had a good take. He wouldn't tell us. He would say, 'Try again. Try again' Just in case we'd get one better than the one he thought he had. And I was singing along with it."

Ozzy has also revealed that he didn't strain his voice too much during the recording sessions. According to singer, no "studio trickery" was used, making him able to easily perform the new songs live.

"You'll notice on the album that I'm not singing in a range that I can't sing live. Like in the old days, I used studio trickery - I'd do a verse and then I'd take a break, then do a chorus - and when it was all mixed together, I couldn't do it live. And I could do every one of these tracks live on stage. But Rubin had me sing it in a range that was comfortable to sing."

The group's comeback album "13" is set for a June 11 release via Vertigo/Universal Records as the first Sabbath record to feature Osbourne on vocals since 1978 and "Never Say Die." The band has recently announced a month-long European tour at the end of November, starting with a Helsinki, Finland performance on November 20.

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    I understand bands that always talk about progression and not making the same record twice and blah blah blah, but I'm damn glad these guys are sticking to what they do best. Heavy as f*ck.
    Oh man, that coda with Tony's solo is beyond awesome... Can't imagine how good this will sound on record.
    Was at the show and all four off them exceeded all of our expectations!! New touring drummer Tommy Clufetos was a demon on the skins. I highly recommend anyone curious to see if Sabbath can cut it with any younger band to go see them and be blown away.
    Sheep Shagger
    I came back from tonight's Auckland concert just under an hour ago. This song was ****ing incredible to hear live! You could tell that the band was happy to play the new material; they were constantly smiling at each other. The crowd loved it too -- they didn't go nuts over the new songs, but they definitely weren't bored by them either. 'God Is Dead?' also sounded a lot better live than the studio version does. 40 years later, these guys still rock.
    Reminds me of 'Black Sabbath'. Great.
    same interval if i'm right?(wait for the downvotes)
    I think so. Anyway, when I heard it I just thought 'Black Sabbath 2'
    ah, but is it the end of the beginning of "black sabbath", or the beginning of the end?
    Am I the only one wondering why they're debuting a Black Sabbath song on CSI?
    Because they're Sabbath and they can do what they want. They can debut a song on the freaking Lifetime Channel for all I care, and it'd still be epic as hell.
    yes, because they already announced that almost 2 tweeks ago!
    And that answers the 'why' part of jthm_guitarist's question how exactly?
    This just keeps getting better and better... It's been quite a while since I regularly listened to them, but this... This is just plain epic... I think I'll dedicate the rest of the week to digging out the old Sabbath albums, and listning to them on endless repeat...
    I'm very impressed with the quality of these new tracks! Looks like I can add 13 to my extremely short list of anticipated albums.
    how is your list short? queens of the stone age, tool, alice in chains, airbourne, andrew stockdale....list goes on. this year is awesome for music!
    I just don't really get excited for new releases (in any form of media, actually). The only artists on my 2013 list are Caladan Brood (released), Summoning, E-Girls (released), and now Sabbath.
    now just counting down the days to see them meself. man i cant wate.... its ****in sabbath... just bad about bad sound on recordings but u get the jist of it
    By the way, what happened to the 'special post' that you were supposed to do, with the reactions and reviews to God Is Dead? Today is Monday, no?
    am i the only person who is wondering why these people are paying top dollar to see a band as killer as SABBATH and then stand there and watch the show on a tiny screen on the back of their stupid phone? people leave your goddamned phones in your car !!!! and for god sakes quit posting the shitty videos with even shittier audio on you tube! i know it's SABBATH but i can wait until june.
    I suppose if you're a short person, a cell phone would make a serviceable periscope, but I'm pretty sure that most of the people with the phones are using them to make those crappy YouTube videos that you refer to.
    i saw them last night. Black Sabbath is unique and brilliant live
    That single "God is dead?" or whatever it was called I thought was frighteningly average.... however this track is a shit load fact I have a lump in my under crackers.... My Sabbs faith has been restored.
    Blasphemy, i know. Buteeerh.. I honestly found it kind of boring. Which kind of surprised me, but it really doesn't do anything for me. I feel ashamed.
    If "God Is Dead?" and this are representative of the rest of the album, they're working a really heavy Doom vibe for sure. Some people love it, some people don't, and some people like me sometimes need to listen to a song 2-3 times before we fully "get it".
    For the tour they should get Peter Criss to be their drummer. He's not doing anything and it would be awesome!!!