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Formed: 1968
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Sabbath News

Below is our complete Black Sabbath news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2

In the second official episode of the Metalunderground.com podcast (and third installment overall), hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss two major current topics, one of excitement, and one of general dismay. In case you can’t wade through the whole shebang, we’ve provided timestamps as signposts to help you along the way.

Ever since British extreme pioneers Carcass knocked it out of the park last fall with their long-awaited return “Surgical Steel,” speculation has run rampant regarding a similar comeback effort from a group of contemporaries: Gothenburg metal fathers At The Gates.

Disbanded in 1996 and reformed in 2008 for the specific purpose of touring, At The Gates in January 2014 began teasing fans with cryptic hints of something brewing in the studio. To little surprise but great delight, Century Media Records recently confirmed the band’s signing for a new album titled “At War With Reality,” the first since 1995’s influential “Slaughter Of The Soul.” [00:01:07] Check out your hosts’ wealth of opinions on this anticipated momentous occasion.

On a drearier note, Kevin and Mike next take aim at the embarrassing spectacle of the recent Grammy Awards [00:15:13] and its decidedly out-of-touch grasp on metal culture. From the Best Rock [00:16:10] and Best Metal [00:19:27] Performance categories, to Metallica’s bizarre rendition of “One,” [00:24:47] to the botched broadcasting of a joint performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, [00:30:43] to the posthumous snubbing of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, [00:45:14] fan reactions to the ceremony ranged from the puzzled to the disappointed to the downright insulted. This conversation tackles all three – and then some.

Listen or download the podcast here, and enjoy.

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Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album: More...

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2013 Metal Grammy Nominees Revealed

The 2013 Grammy nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category have now been revealed, and are as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

As usual, there's nothing on the extreme side to be found, but at least actual metal bands have made the list. Anyone want to bet which performance wins?

Keep in mind, last year Halestorm somehow won best metal performance in a lineup that featured Lamb of God, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden, so it seems likely voting for the most rock-focused and least metallic band may be the way to go.

And when you're done with that, let us know what the REAL best metal performance of 2013 should have been - Grammy's be damned!

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Black Sabbath Posts "God Is Dead?" Music Video

With only one day until the release of "13" via Vertigo Records, Black Sabbath posted a new music video for the first single "God Is Dead?" (shown below). The video was directed by Peter Joseph. The song was first issued back in April and was made available for immediate download for digital pre-orders from iTunes.

The track listing for "13" is:

1. End of the Beginning
2. God Is Dead?
3. Loner
4. Zeitgeist
5. Age of Reason
6. Live Forever
7. Damaged Soul
8. Dear Father
9. Methademic
10. Peace of Mind
11. Pariah

Check out "God Is Dead?" here: More...

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Black Sabbath Footage Of New Song Available

After footage made its way online of new song "The End of the Beginning," another fan-filmed clip is now available of a new track off upcoming Black Sabbath album "13" (due out June 11th).

Check out the clip of "Methademic" below, courtesy of YouTube user NightFire275. The uploader also comments:

"Black Sabbath debut their new song 'Methademic,' a bonus track off their new album '13,' live at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on the 29th of April 2013. Most of the song is here, but I miss the start by about a minute. Video quality is also a bit iffy at times due to the lighting, sorry about that!" More...

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Black Sabbath Live Footage Of New Song Available

Fan filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user UpInSmokeHq, of Black Sabbath performing a new song off upcoming album "13" in New Zealand. Check out the clip of "The End of the Beginning" in the player below.

Black Sabbath also recently posted the song "God Is Dead?" online, which can be heard right here. "13" is scheduled for release on June 11th, 2013 and the track listing is:

1. End of the Beginning
2. God Is Dead?
3. Loner
4. Zeitgeist
5. Age of Reason
6. Live Forever
7. Damaged Soul
8. Dear Father
9. Methademic
10. Peace of Mind
11. Pariah

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Black Sabbath Streaming New Track "God Is Dead?"

Legendary metal act Black Sabbath is streaming the first single from the forthcoming "13" LP. The track "God Is Dead?" can be heard below and is available as an immediate download through iTunes by pre-ordering the full release.

"13" is scheduled for release on June 11th, 2013 via Vertigo Records. The album makes the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since the 1978 album "Never Say Die."

The track list for "13" is:

1. End of the Beginning
2. God Is Dead?
3. Loner
4. Zeitgeist
5. Age of Reason
6. Live Forever
7. Damaged Soul
8. Dear Father
9. Methademic
10. Peace of Mind
11. Pariah

Check out "God Is Dead?" here: More...

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Black Sabbath Posts First Snippet From "13"

Legendary metal act Black Sabbath has posted the very first snippet of new material from the band's forthcoming "13" album.

"13" is the first album to feature Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since the 1978 album "Never Say Die."

The video snippet also unveils the album cover for the release, which is expected in June 2013 through Vertigo Records. Check out the clip here:

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Sorrows Path Streaming Black Sabbath Cover

Sorrows Path has posted a cover of Black Sabbath's "Killing Yourself To Live" online, which is featured on the "Sabbath Cadabra - A Greek Tribute to Black Sabbath" release. Give the song a listen below.

The compilation album is being released by Metal Hammer Greece, and features Greek bands covering tracks from Black Sabbath's entire career. The CD will be given away for free with Metal Hammer Greece issue #340, on sale Tuesday, April 2nd.

Commented Metal Hammer Greece: "Black Sabbath invented heavy metal. The least we could do in order to celebrate their legacy is to gather some of the best Greek bands and have them play Sabbath's ecstatic music. Enjoy and worship the riff lords."

The track listing is as follows:

ROTTING CHRIST - "Black Sabbath"
INNERWISH - "Neon Knights"
SEPTEMBER CODE - "Fairies Wear Boots"
SORROWS PATH - "Killing Yourself to Live"
NIGHTFALL - "Jerusalem"
BATTLEROAR - "Falling off the Edge of the World"
PLANET OF ZEUS - "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
1000MODS - "Snowblind"
ROCK 'N' ROLL CHILDREN - "Children of the Sea" More...

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Black Sabbath Posts In-Studio Video

Black Sabbath has announced a June 11th release date for its new album "13" and has posted a second in-studio video giving us a brief glimpse into some of the new material contained on the album that they will be producing with Rick Rubin at the helm. Read the full article over at the MetalSucks website.

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Black Sabbath Posts In Studio Footage Of New LP

Metal founders Black Sabbath posted up the first in studio footage video on the making of the band's new LP "13." The album marks the return of three of the original four members (sans Bill Ward) and is targeted for release in June 2013 through Vertigo Records.

Check out the footage here:

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Black Sabbath Reveals New Album Title

British heavy metal icons Black Sabbath have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album, the first to feature frontman Ozzy Osbourne in thirty five years, will be entitled, "13."

They also revealed that the record is expected to be released this June through Vertigo, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. The album features three of the four original members (Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler,) with founding drummer, Bill Ward's place being taken on the album by Rage Against The Machine/former Audioslave drummer, Brad Wilk, who performed as a session musician. The band will be heading to Japan, Australia and New Zealand this Spring to promote, "13," with the following appearances scheduled:

April 20 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
April 25 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
April 27 - Allphones Arena - Sydney, Australia
April 29 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
May 1 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
May 4 - Perth Arena - Perth, Australia
May 12 - Makuhari Messe - Tokyo, Japan

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Ozzfest Japan Adds Tool, Slash, And Deftones

The line-up for the first ever Ozzfest Japan - set for Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo - has now expanded with Tool, Slash, Deftones, and Stone Sour joining previously announced headliners Black Sabbath and Slipknot.

“We’ve assembled an amazing lineup for the first ever Ozzfest Japan. Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Slash, what more could you ask for?” says Sharon Osbourne “And we still have plenty of surprises to come. The Ozzfest Japan line-up will rival any of our previous festivals.”

“It took a long time for Ozzfest to come to Japan but I know the fans here are going to feel it was worth the wait,” Massy Hayashi of Hayashi International Promotions says. “Of course, any time you have living legends like Black Sabbath on stage you know it is going to be a memorable event.” Last year, Hayashi International Promotions produced the sold-out one-day punk rock festival Air Jam at Yokohama Stadium.

Tickets pre-reservation started on November 25th and ticket prices are as follows: single-day tickets are JPY 14,000, weekend passes are JPY 27,000, and weekend passes including an official festival t-shirt are JPY 30,000. All prices include consumption tax, box office commission, and ticket printing fees. The latest information on Ozzfest can be found at this location. More...

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Black Sabbath Announces Australian Shows

Black Sabbath has announced a reunion for the band's first Australian shows in nearly 40 years. Original band members Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi will make a thunderous return to Australia in April 2013 for arena shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, in their first Aussie shows since 1974. Tickets for these once-in-a-lifetime shows will go on sale at midday on Thursday, November 8th.

In June, 2012 Black Sabbath headlined the 10th Download Festival at Donington before a crowd of 100,000. The group followed that show in August with a headlining set at 2012’s sold-out Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.

Black Sabbath is currently recording the band's first new studio album in more than 33 years, helmed by seven-time Grammy winning producer, Rick Rubin. The album is due for release in April 2013.


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Black Sabbath, Slipknot to Headline Ozzfest 2013

Few details have emerged in the recently announced Ozzfest 2013 in Japan, which takes place on the weekend of May 11th and 12th. The latest announcement reveals headliners for both days. Slipknot will headline the festival on Saturday, May 11th and Black Sabbath with headline Sunday, May 12, 2013. More information will be reported as it is revealed.

Check out the flyer below: More...

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Black Sabbath Recording New Songs

Metal Injection is reporting that Black Sabbath is currently in the studio recording vocals with Rick Rubin.

According to the news story, the band has 15 songs written and 12 are projected to be included on the new album. Further details on the upcoming songs will be announced as they are made available.

The album will presumably not feature Bill Ward, who has publically been in dispute with Black Sabbath (including having his photos removed from the band's website) as the will they/won't they of the band's reunion unfolded earlier this year, even prompting Geezer Butler to issue a statement on the inter-band drama.

Read the full article at Metal Injection.

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Black Sabbath Bassist Pays Tribute To Jon Lord

Black Sabbath bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler has posted a message online paying tribute to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who passed away earlier today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Butlers message reads as follows:

"Very sad to hear of Jon’s death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the great musicians of my generation. (Black Sabbath guitarist) Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."

Lord was diagnosed with the illness last year and most recently had been working with Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan amongst others on the WhoCares supergroup.

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Black Sabbath Issues Statement On Site Photos

In the ongoing saga of the reunion that was not to be, Black Sabbath has issued the following statement regarding the the removal of Bill Ward from the photos on the band's official web site:

At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward's images from the main pages of the blacksabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward's attorney's request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.

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Geezer Butler Weighs In On Black Sabbath Reunion

While Black Sabbath officially had no comment on Bill Ward's latest update, bassist Geezer Butler has broken the silence and posted an update on his own blog (paragraph breaks added for readability):

I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his “good” days, we’d meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we’d move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill.

Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he’d been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn’t acceptable to Bill’s representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he’d change his mind and at least make a guest appearance.

We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we’d better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven’t played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we’d be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he’d been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it “for free”- well, I think that’s basically how you raise money from gigs for charity – you play them “for free”.

All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn’t meant to be this time. Bill’s made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.
Stay frosty,

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Black Sabbath "No Comment" On Ward's Statement

Black Sabbath has issued a short "no comment" regarding Bill Ward's latest update about not being part of the reunion shows:

We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.

But actions speak louder than words, and upon visiting the band's official web site, you can see carefully cropped and arranged vintage photos of just three members of the band - Tony, Ozzy, and Geezer; no Bill - on the site's background as well as the photo gallery. (thanks Brooklyn Vegan for pointing that out.)

Update: The removal of Ward from the web site photos was apparently at the request of Ward's attorney. You can read more about that here.

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