Black Sabbath Uncertain About Making New Album: 'It Just Wouldn't Have the Same Vibe'

"I don't know if it would be the right thing to do," Tony Iommi adds.

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Metal pioneers Black Sabbath expressed uncertainty over recording another album, naming the lack of proper vibe and too high expectations as key reasons. Chatting with Classic Rock magazine, guitarist Tony Iommi was the first one to touch on the subject, saying, "We've not spoken about it, to be honest. I don't know if it would be the right thing to do. God knows what the expectations would be next time around. I'd probably have a heart attack worrying about it! "Making '13' was such a great, memorable experience, so if that's the final chapter, we'd have to be happy. But who knows. I don't think we'd write anything off. The history of this band has taught me to never say never," Iommi concluded (via Blabbermouth). Bassist Geezer Butler chipped in, sharing a similar stance on the matter. "To me, it's been nicely rounded off now," he said. "If we did another album, it just wouldn't have the same vibe, as far as I'm concerned. And with this one doing so well, the next one would have to be No. 1 everywhere too or people would see it as a failure!" Finally, Ozzy Osbourne gave his two cents, adding, "We'll see what happens. We made promises about another album 15 or 20 years ago and it took this long for it to happen. I don't think you'll see another one in 20 years, put it that way." The trio also discussed the rift with original drummer Bill Ward, wishing things would have turned out differently. "I haven't spoken to Bill, but to be honest, I don't actually know how to reach Bill these days because he doesn't have the same phone number as I have for him," Iommi said. "I see people saying: 'Why don't they talk?' But it's not that simple," the guitarist continued. "The only way I can reach Bill is by e-mailing his secretary, and then she speaks to Bill. It's not as easy as picking the phone up. I e-mailed him the other week, because he'd been in hospital and wasn't that well, but that's as far as it's got at the moment. I'd like to talk to Bill - me and Bill have been friends for many years - but it's not happened recently." As the 19th effort in Sabbath opus, "13" saw its release on June 10 via Vertigo Records.

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    Teaisfantastic
    At their age, people have to understand that they don't have the energy like they did all those years ago especially with all the touring they've been doing so far for "13". It would be great if they did decide to make another album but it's understandable if they don't, especially if they are expecting it to do as well as "13" in terms of success and popularity.
    Epiklesis
    Why is it so important to have a No.1 albm. Just do what you love.
    K33nbl4d3
    Consider the following ridiculous metaphor: if you work in a factory or whatever and enjoy what you do, that's great. However, if someone then comes up to you and tells you that over the last week you've managed to produce more generic objects than anyone else in the factory, you're gonna feel better about working there. If you keep working there and you get told you're not doing as well as before, you're gonna be kind of disappointed, especially if everyone else is disappointed in you too, even if you're still doing relatively well.
    HighVoltageMT
    When you are a high profile band full of legendary musicians, it does matter. This is their profession - they just happen to be in one in which they can use their creative abilities to create awesome music.
    chamiller005
    They deserve to do whatever they want. This does not affect how badly I want another album.
    javdoc
    They successfully closed the circle on their career with '13' and should probably leave it at that. The album was solid, obviously not groundbreaking like their first records, and very well-received. Their tour was equally good. End on a high note - and with the tolling of the bell that marked the start of their career.
    UniformRecon
    I wouldn't be disappointed knowing that 13 is their final release. It was solid, and it was well-received. Let's not risk anything less than that, and they most definitely deserve to end the story of Sabbath.
    Jmoarguitar
    Just do what you guys want. You've all been around for decades, and you've earned the right to just do what you want. + you're ****ing Black Sabbath, you CAN do whatever you want!
    stereosmiles
    Of course it will have the same vibe - Ozzy hasn't stopped vibrating for the last ten years or so. Doesn't he look at his own hands anymore?
    Eissari
    I just hope they do what they feel like is right. Don't worry about people, they will cry and whine no matter what.
    imaboss1
    Seen black sabbath the other night in belfast, and i must say it was the most moving performance ive ever had the privilege to attend. Absolute perfection, cannot have enough respect for any of them. They can do as they please. Personally i dont think they could end their careers with black sabbath on a higher note. Make Tony prime minister at least
    TMoreau15
    Just please do more tours, I have to see Ozzy and Iommi on the same stage
    Unf
    Listening to Master Of Reality right now, and 13 is nowhere near as good. So maybe different vibe is what they need!
    mod59dc
    Uh,I feel used. Why would they not do another album? Was this just a last ditch money grab? Or is Osbourne that hard to work with? Maybe they relised that the music was too old Sabbath, many ripped it as such. But what the hell was it suppose to sound like? I for one enjoyed the record (and the drumming) and would like to see another. My guess is Iommi doesn't like to ride shotgun to Ozzy and will run with the Sabbath name to another singer; which is a shame. I would have loved to seen where this might have gone.
    Nu-13
    "To die a Hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a Villain ."
    Iced Earth9
    You've gotta be kidding me lol...I've just spent the whole day watching the Batman trilogy, as a matter of fact I'm listening to the Dark Knight's soundtrack as I'm typing this.
    K33nbl4d3
    Maybe they feel after a decade of doing them, the magic of reunions has worn off? Endless reunions do nothing but turn a band into a joke, and if I were Tony I'd be seriously wanting to do something new by now. And would it really be that bad if he tried something with another singer? The majority of the post-Dio albums were much better than people realise.
    Jazz1992
    Exactly. This reunion is pretty good, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Tony Martin reunion (under the name Headless Cross, of course ). Haters gonna hate.
    5_Years_Dead
    Ian Gillan in my humble opinion is the only true Sabbath singer. Tony might do good to look him up and try putting together a REAL Sabbath record!
    Izzy-Sweet
    Ian Gillan? The only true Sabbath singer? How do you even form that opinion? Firstly, Gillan is pretty much known solely for Deep Purple rather than other projects. Secondly, Sabbath's legacy comes from the 70s with Ozzy. Finally, Tony Martin and Dio both did more Sabbath albums than Ian Gillan did. I understand that an opinion IS just an opinion, but.. what?
    Brandon1993
    All I can say is that if they feel they can't do another Sabbath album then they should just decide to end with 13. If they DO feel they can do another album then they should. They have so much left in them. We can't wait an ungodly amount of time for this if they decide to do this again. Theres no telling how much time Tony has left in him. And I'll be unimaginably sad when he dies.