Black Sabbath Stream New Single 'God is Dead?'

Hear the epic nine-minute song from their new album "13" right here. Does it live up to all the hype?

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Black Sabbath have released the song from their long-awaited new album "13."

"God Is Dead?" will be released as a digital download today. You can hear the full 9-minute metal epic in the player below.

It's the first time Ozzy Osbourne has fronted a new Sabbath song since 1978. He's joined by founding guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. Original drummer Bill Ward was initially confirmed for the current reunion, but a dispute over payment emerged and he was eventually replaced by Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk.

The full album is due on June 11, but if you can't wait until then for new material, the band will preview another song on May 15 when it appears on the season finale of "CSI", according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

Hear the new single "God is Dead?" by Black Sabbath here:

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What's your impression of the first Black Sabbath song to be revealed from their new album "13"? Does it live up to your expectations?

Let us know what you think of the song below, and we'll round up the best reviews and comments for a special post on Monday.

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    SABBATH! :')
    Far out I miss Dio now.
    It's a sad, sad day when Dio gets downvotes.
    Well, Dio is an absolute God, no doubt about it, but in terms of Black Sabbath missing Dio is a bit out of order. Some of us are old enough to remember ten years of Sabbath with Ozzy before Dios appearance. Ozzy = Sabbath. So, missing Dio is kind of missing something else than Sabbath. Hence the downvotes. I guess.
    You are absolutely right, Dio was a god sent from beyond to teach all of us music lovers something, and most of us learned and stood in awe, and still do. No doubt Dio was a great asset to Black Sabbath! But it was something different, Ozzy is synonym with Black Sabbath. I grew up in start 70's and was fed right from the start with Black Sabbath, Bowie and a lot more awesome rock bands from that era, from my mom who was a hot rock chick back then ... Ozzy IS Black Sabbath due to his unique character of voice and personality (in my ears at least) ... But i am sure i can speak for everyone, that we all miss Dio, and as hmchrist mention, missing Dio is missing something else.
    I view Ozzy-era and Dio-era Sabbath as two different bands: Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. With Dio at vocals, style of the band changed drastically. Both line-ups are amazing in their own right and we should all be happy that we have been blessed by having two amazing bands of sheer brilliance.
    They titled song is called "God is Dead?" Anybody ready for my catholic preaching on why you shouldn't listen to this?
    I assume this song is a play on Nietzsches madness? The story of the lantern All post-modernity being played on Christians in the genre must just let their own convictions guide them
    Actually, Ozzy has notable sang about his wonder as to when Judgement day will be, but more primarily why God lets so much evil happen every day. SOngs where he does that are asking questions, yet sticking to his forever faith in God. Such as songs like Diggin Me Down, off his 2010 album Scream. Being a Catholic, you have better things to worry about other than musical geniuses asking questions about religion, like your new Pope being a bastard homophobe, being confined to a cult that is afraid to reveal itself to the 21st century, and your priest sticking his penis in your *****. Good day to you, -a fellow Freethinker.
    NO, keep your catholic diatribe to yourself. This is about the music, not some fairy tales.
    Sounds very similar to the first couple of albums but with modern production, I guess that's what they were going for. Structure wise is very reminiscent of their debut opener. Seems promising
    That's my issue with it. I love the song, but I hate the Rick Rubin compressed-as-f*ck production. Really wish they chose someone else. Otherwise, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the album.
    If you knew anything about music you'd know that Rick Rubin has nothing to with the the "compression" of the ****ing song. Rick Rubin works with Black Sabbath to give them ideas on how to find an environment where they can be their best.
    20 bucks says Rubin has at least something to do with all that compression. If you knew anything about "music" you wouldn't make such brash and misled generalizations.
    You were downvoted pretty bad, but you're right. Rick Rubin is the Producer. That means that he pretty much has the final say on the way things are arranged, recorded, and often times even mixed. The producer often works with everyone in the process. If you want some evidence to support that, notice that his albums all tend to have different mixing engineers/mastering engineers, yet they end up with the same type of drum compression. That being said, the only time compression bothers me is 'limiting' which (when abused) just ends up distorting everything. That did NOT happen here, so it's awesome! I don't care if it's compressed to sh*t as you said.
    This will be my first post on here but this caught my eye. I am an engineer myself and a producer, I have never had the pleasure of meeting Rick Rubin but have talked to people that have. Rick Rubin is famous for his "hands off" approach to producing. Interestingly enough it is the stigma that surrounds him that makes this approach work. for example he walks into the studio and listens to a song or two and walks back out, not really shedding any light onto the process until its close to completion. This "encourages" bands to keep pushing their envelopes to make something great that will keep him in a room since you are paying out the ass for him. other than that Rick Ruben could give to shits about the ratio of compression on his tracks its more the people he works with that lay it on there..... not saying he doesnt love it of course
    You are incorrect. Rubin definitely had a say in the compression of the song/album. Listen to other Rubin produced albums and you will hear the same tight compression. Sometimes tight compression sounds great; but here, the compression nullifies the Sabbath "sound"
    and if u dont like the compression in songs these days, clearly ur not paying attention to Volume songs almost have to be loud to even be noticed. its sad cuz its taking away from real dynamic changes. u can still here them but there not as obvious as per say on the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath record.
    Rick Rubin simply listens to their ideas and puts in his two cents. He has no control over what the final sound is - they have a mixing engineer that takes care of that. Most famous producers out there don't even touch a console/mixing board these days.
    Sorry, because I'm kind of repeating myself, but that is not true. As a producer, he works with everyone in the process. The only two people who have the 'final say' in a major production record like this are the band, and the producer. A mixing engineer will likely mix to their preference, but the producer has every right (and usually exacts that right) to tell the mixing engineer how to mix. (again, i'm sorry, i'm repeating myself from a previous comment, but: ) that being said, the compression doesn't bother me here. There is no heavy limiting creating that nasty, digital distortion sound (such as on Californication), so I could pretty much care less.
    Rick Rubin knows exactly what he's doing on the board. The role of producer is to help galvanize and solidify the band's ideas AND mold the sound to tape. You can go through all Rubin works of late and hear the same production value. For example, the Chili Peppers. In fact, most of the compression/distortion on I'm With You (from overdriving the digital channels) is introduced in the recording process (just listen to the drum production on that record--that's not from mixing/mastering, they were recorded that way!!, meaning no one will ever be able to remix/remaster that record (or any of the many other Rubin records) and fix that crap. It's a shame, really. However, this track sounds (as much as I can tell from a YouTube audio) like it was treated more kindly by Mr. Rubin. If you want to learn more about producers and their influence on the sound of records and the preponderance of over-compressed/digitally distorted "music," head on over to and jump into the forums. Of course, there is also blame for the mastering engineer. Vlado Meller is infamous for his abominations. If more people understand what's being done to modern music, perhaps they can communicate their dislike to the makers and producers and engineers and end it. Just take any of your favorite metal records (original pressing) and compare it to the remastered version. The latter will always pale in comparison, because "remastering" means compressing the crap out of. However, he did do a good job on Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Bottom line: the producer is responsible for the whole record and in many cases has a signature sound (see Phil Spector & Steve Albini, etc.).
    Then it's just a coincidence that a noticeable number of recent albums he's produced have had this same "sound?"
    Take a read or listen to Rick Rubins commentary and interviews. He notably "compresses" a lot of the music he works with, hes pretty infamous for it, actually. I dont like it in this song, but i almost wanna garuntee you itll garuntee a "Sabbath: sound on the record specifically.
    thats complete bullshit most famous producers man the board. rick rubin is just not an engineer and takes on more than hes capable of handling at one time. mutt lange is always behind the board. so is kevin churko, trent reznor, dr dre, timbaland terry date, steve albini, i could go on forever
    Rick is good but what would it sound like if Jack White what have produced this album
    Rubin would have more likely said "think about how you felt when you wrote the first record, what it meant, where it all came from and use that to make something that people will instantly recognise as vintage Sabbath". He's not the mixer, it's not his job to **** around with levels and over compress them, that job usually goes to the man who ruined Death magnetic. Rubin is good at what he does, certain mixers these days are not.
    Mr Winters
    Holy shit the riff at 6:23 is ****ing beast
    Seriously. How does Tony continue to come up with fresh crushing riffs this far into his career?
    Because he's Tony freaking Iommi! Loving the track so far! And, I'll reiterate, that riff is f*cking beast!!
    "It's the first time Ozzy Osbourne has fronted a new Sabbath song since 1978." What about Psycho Man and Selling My Soul?
    Gerard Way Jr
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    the original song clip they posted had this voiceover inject IHEATRADIOONDEMAND into the song every 60 seconds. extremely ****ing annoying, but now they have the official sabbath clip up.
    Not bad. Ozzy hasn't sounded this good in a while. Geezer's bassline towards the end rules, as well. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. Sabbath remains my all-time favorite band.
    This is without a doubt the best that Sabbath have sounded since Mob Rules. It has all of the ominous, doomy emotion from their first albums, but enhanced so much by the modern production that lifts forth all of the individual members' efforts. Ozzy's soaring vocals, Tony's megalithic riffs, Geezer's roaring basslines and Brad's precise drumming that manages to achieve both heaviness and swing in the same manner as Bill - it all fits together like clockwork, and reminds you that what they had in them that made their classic albums so special, they've still got it. So anticipated to pick this album up in June. This might just be THE album of 2013.
    Alice in chains, QOTSA, and Black Sabbath just this year, and more incoming the following - Ever since the date switched to 2013, the good news just won't stop coming!
    Yes! Alice in Chains, QOTSA, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, probably Foo Fighters near the end of the year, same with Tool! I'm so pumped this year!
    this might be the album of the decade for all we know. this might possibly be as historic as paranoid, DSOTM, the black album, thriller, rumors, or any other legendary album to date.
    post the youtube clip uploaded from black sabbath themselves I can't stand that ****ing radio on demand thing
    ozzy sounds so good! very fresh and the song is definitely in line with the first four. tony is an absolute riff machine.
    Wow i love this. I had a fear that the classic sabbath sound would be gone with modern production. And BAM, there it was. I love this
    These guys (minus Brad Wilk) inspired pretty much every heavy metal band to follow them. 40 years later, they still do it better than everyone else! This does not sound like a washed up bunch of geezers (see what I did there), this sounds inspired and creative and I'm pumped for the new record!
    Second Rate
    I just posted this same thing on Blabbermouth, but Sabbath's importance to heavy metal is overestimated. The notion that "sabbath are the first" is ridiculous. There were many bands that played a role in shaping the sound of heavy metal. In fact, lyrical imagery aside, i would say sabbath probably had the smallest contribution.
    Troll? While I believe that many bands did play a role in shaping metal, Sabbath really were the first in my opinion. Some bands had what I call "metal tendencies" here and there with heavily distorted riffs and whatnot. But Sabbath adopted that style, made it their own, and took it to a whole other level of heaviness. This is why they're called the first metal band and are credited as the godfathers of metal. It's hard to find anyone, at that point in time, that was writing riffs as heavy as Iommi. And that rhythm section, Geezer and Ward, were flat out deadly. Ozzy brought a really sinister style of vocals. So I think it can be easily argued that Sabbath are the first.
    I would disagree with them doing it better than everyone else. They do old heavy metal and no one really does it much anymore so there isn't much competition, but new metal these days is much better. More technical.
    How does something being more technical make it better? A whole lot of today's metal is tasteless, flashy, sterile wankery.
    There are definitely modern metal bands that I would describe as such, but if you think this is a trend throughout the majority of the genre, then I would urge you to investigate it further! It's understandable if you're not into the style, and there's nothing wrong with that, but there are plenty of bands that I respect even though they might not fit right into my specific tastes. Some bands that I would recommend are Opeth, Periphery, Meshuggah, Protest The Hero, Every Time I Die, Coalesce, and many others!
    Technicality has nothing to do with being better. Iommi can do more with a few power chords then most guitarists could do with every single chord known to man.
    This is pretty true, but by the nature of technicality and overall musical quality being unrelated, can't something just happen to be more technical AND also better? There's no reason to discount a band just because they play technical stuff
    I always wanted to get into the head of these guys who like the new metal. My roommate is a huge Metalcore guy but I can't stand it. It's not even more technical, but just dropped tunings which give everybody the impression that it's "heavy". Bullshit. I wanna see any of these bands write an album thats as good as Painkiller, which is in standard tuning.
    Really depends on what bands you're listening to... I know exactly what you're talking about and I'm not a fan of that specific style either but there is much, much more going on in the world of modern metal than those kinda formulaic, pseudo-heavy metalcore bands
    Oh yeah for sure, as with any of the sub genres of metal. I'm constantly finding awesome bands in all the genres. It's not that I think it's complete shit or anything. I'll hear riffs and think that they're good, but the shitty screaming with the same breakdown over and over again just drives me nuts. Just for the record, the As I Lay Dying cover of Hellion/Electric Eye is despicable.
    its people like you that give "new metal" fans (myself included) a bad rep because youre so goddamn ignorant. if you cant appreciate the fathers of metal's music at this stage of their career PLEASE rethink your taste in music.
    I completely agree with you, man. Not sure why everyone's giving you shit. Even just by sheer statistics, saying that Black Sabbath does metal "better than everyone else" is quite a bold claim to make. They're definitely legit, and they get bonus points for being pioneers of the genre, but there's nothing wrong with liking other bands more. You didn't even actually say anything particularly negative about them haha
    you ***** sabbath created the metal your ****in technical bands wouldnt even exist without BLACK SABBATH this song is great sabbath are great and you are a moron
    I love it. It's great that the song doesn't actually feel like 9 minutes, the pacing is really good. Love it when it picks up half way in and you can start headbanging! By the way, Brad Wilk's drums actually sound great and he sounds like a great fit for the band.
    The video is blocked here in the UK on copyright grounds by UMG, anyone else seeing the same thing? Ridiculous, happens far too often.
    I literally have to wait till 4 to hear this because of school. Shiiiiit
    Phoenix V
    They sound great. The mix is awesome. Nothing is buried behind anything else. The bass comes through really well, drums, guitar and Ozzy. It's all really well done. The song is good. It's very much in the retro feel back to their early 70s. I'm torn between trying to determine if this song was written and released today by some unknown band whether it would have received the same level of widespread kudos, but because it's Sabbath it's an instant hit.
    Wow I'm impressed. I haven't bought a new Sabbath album since Technical Ecstasy. I hope I can get this on vinyl, would love to spin this on my vintage turntable.
    Shit... I think I just creamed my pants... IT SOUNDS SO FUCKING AMAZING! That classic Sabbath-groove, those awesome guitar-riffs,everything about it... I am out of my mind about this one! It's just that good!
    I find it weird that Ozzy can barely speak yet somehow he can sing as clearly as he did 40 years ago.
    Interesting fact: the part of your brain used for talking is different than the part of your brain used for singing. The reason why people with common speech impediments, such as stuttering, can often sing without issue. In Ozzy's case, I think it's just his thick Bermingham accent.
    Thrash Addict
    In high school my classmates coouldnt comprehend that I listened to what they thought was old and irrelevant music, but the guys thats invented the genre are still releasing new music. Jokes on them HA!
    Heard it on my way to work, and then heard it as I walked into work, and my boss was saying "YOU HEAR THIS SH** YET? GOD DAMN IT'S BADASS!"
    Wished the solo was stretched out a bit more, I really enjoy Iommi's lead style. The song is still very impressive, after 40 odd years and they come up with something like this! Rock on!!
    pretty sweet song, in fact i loved it, but for such a cool song, it could have used a more epic solo, not that its bad tho, dont get me wrong
    New material from Sabbath. Fantastic. Life is too short and I hope the guys can keep it coming. This release made my day. Cant wait for the album
    I think it will grow on me, it has the classic Sabbath vibe (more so towards the end). Ozzy sounds more like the modern Ozzy. Brad Wilk sounds pretty good, Geezer's bass sounds better towards the end. Cautious thumps-up for the new stuff!
    I quite like the "I heart radio on demand" thing... fits in nicely at some points lol
    I am a huge Sabbath fan, but I have to be honest... I don't care for the song that much. Tony is Tony and Geezer thunders on (his bass tone is a bit different [not sure if I dig it or not yet]), but in my opinion - that will disagree with probably everyone on UG - Ozzy just can't really sing anymore. I respect him and what he is doing, but he sounds very tired and a bit compressed; however he does have some good moments at the end of a few vocal lines which surprised me. Brad is good, but (again in my humble and presumptuous opinion) the swing that Bill has is still missing. Granted the former had big shoes to fill. Not sure if I'm going to buy the record. If I do for no other reason, it will probably because it's Black Sabbath. Bring on the down votes for my honesty!
    Although I disagree with you and really enjoyed the song, i don't understand why people would downvote you for your eloquently reasoned opinion. It's the idiotic/unfunny/***** comments on UG that should be downvoted, not the constructive reviews that show the open-mindedness of music fans and make these comments so interesting to read in the first place. Then again maybe I'm making too much of a big deal about a ****ing comment system.
    I think Ozzys voice now kinda matches the original material from the 70's in first few albums. he was Never perfect singer And had that tired sound the first few Albums. but I respect your opinion.
    His Voice, I though sounded very similar to his Ozzmosis Album. Which is my favorite Album with Zac at lead. Unfortunately, My best guess Ozzy sounds much better with a few drinks down him. I like his voice on this song. Its much more produced than his last few but its nice to hear his real voice without all that Auto tuning involved.
    its badass that they released the longest song as their first single.
    This song is just so badass, I love it! So pumped to hear the rest of the album, I've already learned the song on guitar and just can't get enough of it XD
    Arfing Thumb
    Oh yeah, **** you GEMA for telling germans that they can't watch the new black sabbath single on their official youtube channel, because you have to protect sabbaths rights from abusement by themselfs... or what do you want?!