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Black Sabbath Confirms Reunion, New Album And Headlining Performance At Download Festival

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In a recent press conference, British heavy metal fathers Black Sabbath confirmed that they have reunited and that they will be releasing a new studio album, which will be produced by Rick Rubin. This will be their first album with the original four members in thirty three years.

In addition to this, the group confirmed that they will be headining next years edition of the Download Festival at Donington Park in their native England. After the headlining set, they will embark on a worldwide tour. You can view a video which confirmed thsse details below.

More details will be revealed as they become available.

Here are some clips from the press conference itself, courtesy of Revolver Magazine:

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1. RTB writes:

I hope this goes well, new lp tour etc
this will most likely be sabbaths last go around so i"ll be checking this out for sure...
Sabbath & metallica co headlining download...
Damn brits

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. spiral_architect writes:

THE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH AND VAN HALEN LINEUPS REUNITING! I CAN DIE A HAPPY MAN NOW........

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. theghostofavalon writes:

Oh my...This is really big news! I hope they can still play at this age and not end up like the Rolling Stones at the Superbowl halftime show.

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DreamHeater writes:

Pardon my French, but
HOLY sh**!
Awesome!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. JonB writes:

This better be an actual headlining tour. Not Ozzfest. And please let them not play the same freakin setlist with just all the hits. Really would love to hear anything off Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (preferably Sabbra Cadabra)

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 3:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

To quote that raccoon from Dr. Doolittle 2, "This is good news!"

I'm glad to see Black Sabbath back, especially with Ozzy. The new album will be the best Sabbath album in many years and a heavy metal masterpiece.

Now Playing: The entire Paranoid album

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kurt666 writes:

Hellyeah! this is awesome, wish theyd cme to nz!!!!!!!!!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. StillYoung writes:

Epic news, only they can do something like that, to come together again after so many years, and when I think that Judas Priest slowly retire, and late great DIO :(, this pleased me even more.
LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL
LONG LIVE METAL
LONG LIVE FREE SPIRIT

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

Yussss!!!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. psythe writes:

New album?

pleasedontfvckthisup.jpg

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 5:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

after seeing them on their '99 reunion tour hope they can bring the same vibe they had then!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Say what you will about Ozzy, but Geezer and Tony never really half a$$ anything. I expect greatness...

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

agreed BG

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

I guess the Schnozz had better fetch the ol' vox sampler and autopitch outta the 'storage unit' (his haggard old lady's HUGE and flapping snatch), wipe off the grease, and start a'squawkin...hell, may as well break out the Turd Polisher also eh?

NP---A National Acrobat---Do They Even Make a Powerful Enough Magic Box To Pull That One Off Live? Hmmm...Ha!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

though if the new record dosent flot it must b from ozzy, but still this is very very very good news. still miss dio rip, but glad this is happening

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Elliott writes:

awesome overload... brain explosion imminent!

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Jenny writes:

Talk about a Happy National Metal Day :) I am content. \m/

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Netromancer writes:

Ozzy needs to sit back and let the other guys handle the riffs and lyrics. Sure the guy can sing, but Geezer and Tony are still at the top of their game creatively. Let them handle the writing and all should be badass.

# Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. silvermountains writes:

Couldn't of made me more happy to hear this news today. I can't wait to see mighty Sabbath return. Download looks amazing so far this year as well. I seriously hope this album is incredible... Can't wait \m/

# Nov 12, 2011 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hellrat writes:

Hey Jen, is that your child? Frikken awesome man...I love the pic \m/

reminds me of one of my all-time favorite tunes...which I think I'll throw on right now...

NP---Chasin That Neon Rainbow---Alan Jackson

"Daddy won a radio, tuned it to a country show
I was rockin in the cradle to the cryin' of the steel guitar
Mama used to sing to me, taught me that sweet harmony
Now she worries 'cause she never thought I'd take it this far...singin' in the bars..."

# Nov 12, 2011 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. All That Noyes writes:

Gonna be so metal!

# Nov 12, 2011 @ 6:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. R10 writes:

Aah,i guess its good news. Just keep Ozzy away from the vox effects,auto tuner! Iommis got the riffs,Geezers got some lyrics im sure,Ozzy has to keep up his end. One final tour,ill be there.!!!

# Nov 12, 2011 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Anonymous writes:

Woohoo~

# Nov 13, 2011 @ 12:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. jonnyboy writes:

@spiral_architect: The current Van Halen lineup is not the original lineup.

# Nov 13, 2011 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Overlord writes:

I hope Ozzy doesn't sell this out too. >;.>;

# Nov 13, 2011 @ 4:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Jenny writes:

hellrat: HAAAA *nearly falls over* the holy moo moos forbid I have a kid now--I'm 19, ha. (Such a nice thought that you think it's an awesome pic if it was my child though. So...thanks :p) The pic is a crop from this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uj4ypNdmkus/Tp97tti2euI/AAAAAAAAKuQ/wNTcfbc_ffE/s1600/Don%2527t%2BStop%2BBelieving%2521%2B-%2BBaby.jpg

So much for Alan Jackson, this one's for Journey!! :p

On topic, much agreed with those of you also hoping or Ozzy not to mess this up. We'll see soon enough.

# Nov 13, 2011 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. KREDD writes:

BUMPS OF THE GOOSE

# Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Roo writes:

My dream come true

# Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. BrunoHockalugie writes:

NEEEEOOOOONNNNNN KNIGHTTTSS!!!!!

RIP Dio

# Nov 14, 2011 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Rex_84 writes:

Hopefully, they will put out something that doesn't sound like Ozzy's output from the last twenty years (bar "No More Tears"). Iommi and the boys always seem to come through, though. I saw them with Tony Martin back in '94 and they were still good. At #11, was that with Pantera and The Deftones? I went to that tour, too, saw it in Grand Rapids. Amazing stuff! "Black Sabbath" was the highlight of their set.

# Nov 14, 2011 @ 1:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. hellrat writes:

Ha! OK Jen, so is that "Don't Stop Believin" the youth is rockin on the phones??? :)

Anyway, its a great pic...kid just needs a MAIDEN shirt and 'Reign In Blood' on the deck :)

# Nov 14, 2011 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. ZMA writes:

Hell yea. We all saw it coming lol. I think this is gonna be good.

# Nov 15, 2011 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. juanmi writes:

hell yeah!

# Nov 19, 2011 @ 6:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. toby writes:

expectations of a for real new black sabbath album ,yeah high is fair ,but amazing, well lets just say hope for the best, and the same wishes for the band tour* new studio lp.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 9:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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