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5th April 2013

black sabbath 13

Black Sabbath have revealed the artwork for the forthcoming album '13' which is due to be released on June 11th, as well as a snippet of a song from the album which you can hear in the video below.

The album cover, which you can see above, features the titular number set on fire against a black backdrop. The song snippet features a monster riff by Tony Iommi before concluding with Ozzy Osbourne offering the lines, "Nowhere to run, Nowhere to hide" before it all fades out.

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'13' will be the band's first full-length disc of new material with Ozzy Osbourne fronting the group in 35 years.

Sabbath recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk filled in on drums while a contractual dispute with original drummer Bill Ward continued.

Most of the music was written in 2012 in England, as the band members traveled overseas to be close to Tony Iommi while he was undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Tony is reportedly in better condition having completed his chemotherapy, and will be undertaking Sabbath's 2013 touring schedule.

Whilst on the subject of Sabbath, today is the 15th anniversary of the death of former drummer Cozy Powell. Cozy played on four Sabbath albums, Headless Cross (1989), Tyr (1990), Forbidden (1995) and The Sabbath Stones (1996) and made his name with other major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow and Whitesnake.

RIP Cozy. Still missed.


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