Black Sabbath's new studio album, one of the most anticipated metal releases of the year, already has a title. It will be called 13, so it is only fitting that the heavy metal band announced it today, on January 13th. We know now that it will be released this June (the exact date will be revealed later). The band also revealed what everyone wanted to know: who was the drummer that joined the recording sessions for the new album.
The original Black Sabbath line-up, Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass), recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine fame.
13 was produced by Rick Rubin and the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the US. The new studio album also marks the band's return to Vertigo, their original label, apart from being the group's first studio album together since 1978's Never Say Die.
Update: The album now has an official cover and a release date, so set your new birthday to June 11th. The track list hasn't been revealed yet, but among the tracks are "God is Dead", "End of the Beginning", and "Age of Reason". With the release of the cover, we were also granted a video teaser including a snippet from the album. Listen below. We've also added a pre-order link.
01. End Of The Beginning (8:07)
02. God Is Dead? (8:54)
03. Loner (5:06)
04. Zeitgeist (4:28)
05. Age Of Reason (7:02)
06. Live Forever (4:49)
07. Damaged Soul (7:43)
08. Dear Father (7:06)