Black Sabbath - 13 [2LP] (180 Gram, gatefold)
Currently on tour, Black Sabbath -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony lommi and Geezer Butler -- are previewing music from their forthcoming album 13. On the new
album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they loeft off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over
eight minutes in length) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' trailblazing work
in the 70s. Songs such as ''End of the Beginning'', ''Loner'', ''Dear Father'' and ''Age of Reason'' reinfoce 13's testament to the enduring relevance of Black
Sabbath's long-running reign.
Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 will be released on Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.
ABOUT BLACK SABBATH
Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony lommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and
drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony lommi the only constant presence in the band through the years.
Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuneddown
guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political
corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.
Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with releases such as quadruple-platinum Paranoid, released in
1970. They were ranked by MTV as the ''Greatest Metal Band'' of all time, and placed second in VH1's ''100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'' list, behind Led
Zeppelin. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them among the 100 greatest artists of all time. They have sold over 15 million records in the United States and
over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
End Of The Beginning
God Is Dead?
Age Of Reason