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18th March 2013

black sabbath in studio

Black Sabbath have set a June 11 release date for the upcoming album '13'. Sabbath have also launched a pre-order campaign offering everything from a simple CD to a 'Super Deluxe Box Set.'

The album was meant to feature the original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, but due to a contract issues involving Ward, the iconic drummer was forced out of the reunion. Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk was subsequently hired to fill Ward's shoes.

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Guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis also derailed Black Sabbath's 2012 world tour plans but Iommi pressed on with writing and recording new material. And while fans once doubted the album would ever see th elight of day, they now face the dilemma of which pre-order offer to dedicate their money to.

To make things easier, here's a breakdown of what's on offer:
- Standard CD
- Double CD in a deluxe soft pack containing an extra album of exclusive bonus audio.
- 12" heavyweight (180g) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve
- Super Deluxe Box Set containing the double CD and vinyl pressings of '13,' along with an exclusive DVD of the documentary 'Black Sabbath – The Re-union,' plus five behind-the-scenes videos, a download card containing exclusive track-by-track interviews with the band, 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand-written album lyrics by members of the band.

To further wet the appetite, Black Sabbath have released this teaser video of Rick Rubin in the studio with the band. In the clip, Rubin is directing the recording of new material, giving a brief glimpse of tracks which appear quintessentially Black Sabbath.

To pre-order '13,' head on over to Sabbath's official website.


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