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

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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Sunday Old School: Black Sabbath Part 1

As so many of our readers are aware, in the United States, the month of February is Black History Month. It’s also the time when we devote the Sunday Old School column to Black Metal history. What many of our readers might not know however, is that Black History Month is also held in the United Kingdom, albeit on a far less noticed scale, in the month of October. Since it doesn’t make sense to dedicate two months of the year to one genre, Metal Underground and Sunday Old School in particular, will focus on a different history, that of arguably the first, and many would say best, heavy metal band of all time. Welcome to Black Sabbath History Month!

The seeds of Black Sabbath, and perhaps heavy metal itself, were sewn when guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward teamed up with bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler and vocalist John "Ozzy" Osbourne, an old schoolmate and reported bullying victim of Iommi’s. They formed the Pulka Tulk Blues Band, which also featured a slide guitarist named Jimmy Clarke and saxophonist, Alan Clarke. The sextuplet quickly shortened their moniker to Pulka Tulk, before changing their name once again to Earth. In order to remove Phillips and Clarke from the group in the most polite way possible, the founding quartet decided to disband then reunite the band as a four piece, recording new, exciting material such as "A Song for Jim," (a tribute to their manager, Jim Simpson.) After being mistaken frequently for another British band of the same name, Earth decided to once again rechristen themselves, choosing the now iconic name Black Sabbath upon Geezer’s suggestion, who remarked how interesting it was that people would pay to be scared by films such as the Boris Karloff feature from which the quartet took their name. More...

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CVLT Nation Releases Black Sabbath Cover Album

CVLT Nation is proud to present the fifth covers compilation of the The CVLT Nation Sessions with Black Sabbath's "Paranoid."

This new collection is up for streaming and free download - check it out below. Bedecked in crushing riffs and earth-moving melodies, the record pays its respects to the icons with Sabbath worship from IRN, Highgate, Bog Oak, Act Of Impalement, Aseethe, Keeper, Monolord and Mourning Cloak.

The CVLT Nation Sessions is a musical project with the aim of reinterpreting iconic music that has influenced a wide spectrum of genres, while also widening the audience for the participating bands. The track listing is:

1. IRN - War Pigs 10:16
2. Highgate - Paranoid 03:00
3. Bog Oak - Planet Caravan 04:55
4. Mourning Cloak - Iron Man 07:53
5. Keeper - Electric Funeral 07:25
6. Act of Impalement - Hand of Doom 07:07
7. Aseethe - Rat Salad 13:43
8. Monolord - Faeries Wear Boots 12:03 More...

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"...And Justice For Art" Book Cover Revealed

Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”

Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...

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Black Sabbath To Play Final Show This Summer?

In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has admitted that touring with the band is affecting his health and that their show at the upcoming British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, London, could be their last ever. Speaking to the magazine, Iommi stated:

"It could be the last ever Sabbath show. I don't want it to be, but there's nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don't want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.

"But the show at Hyde Park will a great way to end the European tour,” he says. “It has a really great bill, with a really good mix of people. We haven't made any specific plans as the gig is a way off yet, but I think it'll be special."

More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden To Headline Nova Rock

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Nova Rock festival, an annual event that saw some of the greatest names of the scene performing on its previous nine iterations.

For the jubilee tenth edition organizers are preparing a special event, with headliners Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and The Prodigy.

The event takes place in the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II from June 13th to June 15th. The line-up for the upcoming edition is not final, as organizers say that there will be more acts added with the event getting closer. See the currently announced lineup in the poster below. More...

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Dio Tribute Album To See Release

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

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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

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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

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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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