Black Sabbath Ready 15 Songs

Tony Iommi has completed his guitar parts for the first Sabbath album in 33 years. Now Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler are recording their parts in Florida. Are you excited?

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Black Sabbath have revealed new details about their first album in 34 years.

They're currently holed up in Shangri La Studios in Malibu with producer Rick Rubin (or perhaps just his assistant, but we're only guessing).

Apparantly the band have written 15 songs, with 12 due for the album and the spare three to potentially appear as bonus tracks or b-sides. One track title has been confirmed as "God Is Dead", according to Metal Injection who visited the studio.

Tony Iommi already recorded his parts in England earlier this year where he is recovering from cancer.

The project has been split into five-song chunks, with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler currently recording their parts to the first five. We assume the drums have been tracked in the time since Tony put down his parts, so if there were any hope of drummer Bill Ward singing up at the last minute, it's gone now.

It's one of the most hotly anticipated albums in living memory - but will it live up to expectations? Should the band have included Bill Ward in the lineup for an authentic reunion? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    Sheep Shagger
    "Black Sabbath have revealed new details about their first album in 33 years." ^ It should say "new details about their first album with Ozzy in 34 years." It's been a little over 34 years since Never Say Die was released, not 33. Not to mention there have been many albums since 1978, so it hasn't been 33 years since the last Black Sabbath album.
    I'm a huge Sabbath fan, but without Ward, I can't really get too excited. Who knows, the album may be great considering how he was "only the drummer" and the songs are mostly put together by the other guys. Still, Ward has such a great playing style that will surely be missed in the upcoming record.
    We're about to learn a valuable lesson from them recording a new album. This will teach us why it would be a bad idea for Led Zeppelin to reunite or make a new album.
    Agreed. These bands just need to go away already.
    They make music for themselves foremost, and then for the fans to enjoy, I don't really understand why seeing as they have fans like you.. If they want to make music who are you to tell them to stop?
    Fair enough. But, I am NOT a fan of any of those bands. I don't really have anything against them, just the fans. However, I do think a large percentage of the fanbase of bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and other hugely popular rock/metal bands are only fans because everyone else likes them, and that the media plays them out to be gods.
    Let's not fret too much on this. Sabbath is a great band and people say they can't listen or see them live without Ward. Sure, valid statement and that is a legit way to feel. But first, let's be thankful that the band has decided to do this; let's be thankful Tony is recovering well; let's be thankful it's only one original member who is causing some negativity in the band; and let's be thankful that fans still want music from a band that existed in an era where most other bands have no fan base today. In addition to that, look at other bands without the original lineup. I'm not comparing Guns N' Roses to Black Sabbath any way regarding talent and music. This is just a point I'm trying to make. Look at what Axl has done with GNR. Say what you want about the band, but the fans still love GNR because they're around and they're making music. Don't even bring up the long wait for Chinese Democracy. It isn't as long as the 34 years for a new Sabbath album. All I'm saying is if Sabbath replaces Ward for tours and even the new album, embrace it. Accept the fact they didn't back down from their promise of new material. These guys are doing fans a huge favor and most fans are giving the middle finger. Take it for what it is.
    I highly trust Iommi's riffing, but it will be just perfect if Bill returns in time for the recording.
    All in all im still excited for this album. Granted Bill Ward being involved would have made it better for me, but its new music from BLACK FUCKING SABBATH! I didn't think I'd ever see new music from them again.
    Rick Rubin? There goes any hope of a good production.
    Much as I've developed a dislike for the guy himself I think his work is average. Some people may praise it saying he's done a great job on the production and some people might condemn it saying he's overrated and done a terrible job, but so long as he doesn't pull another 'Death Magnetic' then it should be listenable to.
    Aww Rick Rubin's a good producer. His guitar tones are occasionally a little thin but the drums and vocals will sound amazing. Plus, you can't totally blame him for Death Magnetic's guitar tones... Hetfield's rhythm guitar sound hasn't been that great in the studio since the Black Album.
    I disagree, the guitar tones on Load and Reload were ****ing great. And yes, I can blame him. He tends to have SUPER loud stems.
    ehhhhh not too keen on the song title. Trying way too hard. I think that Opeth covered that territory already lol
    There are dozens of songs called "God Is Dead" or something very close. I love Opeth but Sabbath kinda trumps them as far as doing what they want in the context of heavy metal.
    right, but Sabbath also has a song "After Tomorrow" which is essentially a song praising God, so I don't know quite where the title came from.
    Geezer Butler is a Catholic and he wrote the lyrics to "After Tomorrow". Ironically, despite their name, they don't really write too many songs about a specific religion but Butler wanted to write a song about being Catholic. "God Is Dead" is a pretty ambiguous title and can be very symbolic. It could be about how religion is disappearing from modern society... which is something that's on the minds of a lot of Christians lately. Who knows though, it could be about almost anything.
    shit, an intelligent debate on UG without any fighting???? well **** me! Thanks Abacus11!
    Sheep Shagger
    The song is called 'After Forever'. Geezer used to be Catholic, but he's not religious anymore.
    god is good. everything that is good comes from him. that includes good music.
    There's a song called 'God is dead' by Carnivore. it's awesome. btw regarding the new BS album, i wish Bill Ward was playing drums in it. I mean how could Ozzy, Tony and Geezer reject this guy? can't they talk and figure it out?
    Not too excited about this without Bill Ward. They should just bury their differences and record with the 4 original members. With Bill's on-and-off health issues and Tony's treatment, this could be the last chance for the original 4 to create something together...
    Who will the drummer be ? It's got to be Mike Portnoy. Seems he has an app on his phone that locates empty drum stools for him to jump in on !
    Strangely, I think that would be awesome - the app and Mike playing for Black Sabbath
    I'm assuming it will be Ozzy's drummer? Just a guess though because he played with them at download.
    Like soma1692 said, I'm mostly excited about the riffs. Hell, if they released a "riffstrumental" version with just the guitar I wouldn't complain
    Josh Reubenking
    Can't wait to hear it, but I do wish Bill Ward was included. His drum sound really made an impact on past Sabbath records. But let's also hope Rick Rubin doesn't kill everyone's ears with the sound quality.
    If it can't be Bill Ward, then hopefully they keep up with what they're doing and record with Tommy Clufetos. That guy can seriously beat the hell outta the skins, man.
    I saw them at Lollapalooza, Tommy Clefutos is a powerhouse. Obviously he's no Bill Ward, but he can hold his own. I'm very excited to hear his work the band, but more importantly I'm extremely excited to hear some new Iommi riffs!
    What a travesty. 2011 I saw Ozzy live on his "Scream" tour and not only did he not play a single song from "Scream" but not a single song younger than 10 years at all. The theory fans commonly spun together is that he can't memorize any lyrics he did not write this millennium. Now we'll get an album produced by Loudness Warlord Rick Rubin (the brillant cash milker who bestowed "Death Magnetic" on us) that will desperately try to pick up what pretty much ended 34 years ago. You cannot reboot Black Sabbath by doing an album the same style it was done in the 70s as the music world has moved on (Steve Harris from Maiden recently pondered how IM were the hardest in music once now rather go as "Moody Blues") neither can they do something completely new that is at eye level with 2012 but still lives the spirit of former glory. I'll keep my expectations as low as I can and if I'm lucky it'll get me a rock album with 2 or 3 notable tracks, but everyone who seriously expects to be dazzled by something nobody in rock history has thought of, a landmark in music that no one else could come up with should have a look at Rubin's discography and brace for impact.
    I think this album has potential. 3/4 of the original Sabbath lineup is here, Tony and Geezer were more or less the main creative force in the early days (Geezer writing lyrics and Tony creating the riffs and so on), and it'll sound like Sabbath anyway with Ozzy chiming in. Yes, it might not have the Jazz-style approach to drums that Bill Ward has, but Heaven and Hell wrote great tunes and they were basically Black Sabbath with a different moniker. I'm sure that three original members out of four can make a great album, it might not match 'Paranoid' or 'Master of Reality', but I'd rather have new Black Sabbath than what passes for popular music these days. Even if it is naff, bad Sabbath is better than the best pop records.
    Excellent! Too bad Bill Ward can't just suck it up and put together some good tunes, but I can live with this