Black Sabbath Reveal '13' Cover Artwork

Heavy metal giants unveil the cover of their new release, along with a new song snippet.

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Metal pioneers Black Sabbath have decided to build-up the anticipation for the June 11 release of their new album "13" even further by revealing the official cover artwork. In the latest 30-second video clip, we can see the cover burning itself into shape, with a snippet of one of the new tracks blasting in the background.

A nifty, classic Sabbath riff and signature Ozzy Osbourne vocals will most likely get the fans' blood pumping, making them realize just how long it's been since they heard Ozzy, Tony and Geezer jamming a fresh tune and how much did they actually miss them. The only lyrics we can get to hear Ozzy singing are "Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide," which just might be the new hit song title.

The album itself has been in the making since last year and is now set for an early summer release via Vertigo/Universal Records. As the first Sabbath record to feature Osbourne on vocals in 35 years and 1978's "Never Say Die," the record was produced by Rick Rubin. The produces has made it clear he is planning a big future for the new record, saying that his goal is to make an album he can "listen to forever."

"13" will also feature drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine who got hired for the recording process after the group parted ways with the original drummer Bill Ward due to contract issues. You can check out the new cover and the unveiling video below.

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    petruzh
    Its decent cover art, just sad that now the title ''13'' is real..
    Rimfrost
    I like the cover and the riff, but im a bit concerned about the production, this clip sounds very much like something done by Rick Rubin. To me, thats not a good thing... But maybe its just crappy video quality and in reality the real thing sounds awesome, fingers crossed.
    jpob
    Vocals aside, it sounds alot like Load/reload era of metallica.
    MidniteHaze
    Thought that too, that small clip of the song sound like the beginning of '2x4' from Load..
    geor4ge
    lol its sabbath they wrote the book on heavy blues.... load cant even hold the piss of headles cross for **** sake lol
    wembly
    Rick Rubin doesn't do any mixing, he just gets artists to perform. He has other people to do the mixing aspects of albums.
    crazysam23_Atax
    And yet, somehow...every album Rubin produces sounds over-compressed.
    BassFishin
    Maybe he sends out to the same few mastering engineers? Thats' where the most compression ends up happening. Though some in the mixing process too.
    wembly
    Most people will base this off a few of his latest ones, but when you think about it, it's really not representative. He's responsible for reign in blood, remember.
    Jazz1992
    The day Tony Iommi writes a bad riff will be the end of the world.
    ScottStewart1
    agreed. I'm still surprised at how underrated The Devil You Know is. There were some heavy sludge to some of dem riffs. Among Iommi's finest.
    BlackWolf24
    I'm very surprised, I was thinking of something like Born Again... (In my opinion the ugliest cover ever). But this one is beautiful! Somehow it reminds me of King Animal of Soundgarden, but that's a cool thing.
    jsp16
    Named their possibly Nineteenth album "13" Smart on their part
    jsp16
    I can just picture ozzy saying "This is album 19 called 13"
    Andrax20
    Add 'Sharon' to the end of that, and you got yourself a quote. "This is album 19 called 13...Sharon."
    bornIIhula
    the difference between those two numbers being 6, of all numbers. thank me later xoxo
    ChickenSalad
    I liked the Born Again cover....
    swave75
    It's kinda funny that Born Again is brought up over and over again. A lot of people don't like it. Yet it's the cover art everyone brings up. Kind of like a back handed compliment. I for one loved it and the music from that one.
    metalheadssuck2
    No. Wrong. Born agains cover kicked ass. Your opinion is wrong. Good day.
    MagnetMan1349
    An opinion can't be right or wrong. It's an opinion. It's just someone's point of view. You have no right to tell someone that they can't think a certain way about something.
    stefanrosioru
    does that riff sound a bit like "hole in the sky", or it's just me?
    ScottStewart1
    Totally the first thing I thought as well. The lyrics also sound quite familiar... perhaps like a terrible Ozzy song from the Chef Aid (South Park) album.
    Braykah
    Pretty catchy riff, but I was expecting the mixing quality to be more in the style of their first albums. Should be great nevertheless, though.
    Burkz
    Suicidal Tendencies also named one of their albums 13.