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Black Sabbath Unveil “The Sabbath Sound” Teaser

Black Sabbath have posted yet another in-depth look into the band’s upcoming album “13”. Showcasing studio footage, which has never been made available to the public, each member of Sabbath, studio drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine),sound engineer Mike Exeter, and producer Rick Rubin have all weighed in regarding their goals for “13”, along with what audiences can expect in comparison to Sabbath’s classic works.

With a few new riffs thrown in for good measure, the three-minute exclusive on “13” was posted on Black Sabbath’s Facebook page earlier this morning (May 13), which certainly is not a coincidence.

“One of my biggest concerns was I didn’t want it to be a follow-up to Never Say Die!”says singer Ozzy Osbourne. “I wanted it to be current, yet still Black Sabbath. In other words, if we had stayed together, then what would we have put out now? … I don’t think blues, I don’t think jazz, I don’t think rock, I just do what I do, you know?”

“I think what we’re trying to capture is the vibe from the early days,” describes Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. “I think as far as the anger and the youthful feel that we had all those years ago, that we had on the early albums, I think a lot of it is going to be on this album. I don’t know much happy stuff, then.”

“It’s not heavy metal. It’s more hard rock, like how we started out,” explains bassist Geezer Butler. “At first, we felt a lot of pressure, when we first started, but now that we’re hearing the stuff that we’re doing come to fruition, it’s like a big relief to get it out.”

Check out the new Black Sabbath ’13′ teaser trailer in the video player below! Sabbath in the studio cooking “13” on wizarding boiler!

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By Graham 'Gruhamed' Hartmann for Loudwire, 14 May 2013
Photo by Vertigo / Universal



Black Sabbath fan filmed video footage of entire Perth concert, Australia, 4th May 2013


Fan filmed video footage of Black Sabbath's entire May 4 performance at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia was published on

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun
04. Snowblind
05. Black Sabbath
06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
07. N.I.B.
08. Fairies Wear Boots
09. Symptom Of The Universe (instrumental)
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. God Is Dead?
13. Dirty Women
14. Children Of The Grave


15. Paranoid (with "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" intro), 14 May 2013


Tony Iommi: I'll be cheering on Armenia in Eurovision semis



Black Sabbath guitar hero Tony Iommi will be glued to the telly on Thursday – to see if his song makes it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 65-year-old rock legend dusted off an old ballad titled Lonely Planet when Armenian broadcasting bosses came knocking at the door of his Lapworth home. Thankful for all the charity work Tony has done in their country, where he has spearheaded the rebuilding of a music school destroyed by an earthquake, they wondered if he had any spare songs.

And this week Armenian rocker Gor Sujyan and his band Dorians will belt out Lonely Planet in the semi-final of the contest. If it fends off stiff competition, the song will make it through to Saturday’s final.

“I was shocked when the riff I gave them to work with ended up being the country’s official entry in the competition, chosen by public vote from hundreds of songs,” says Tony, --“It was just a little ballad thing I’d written four or five years previously but never released. But on Thursday night it’ll be heard by millions of people when the semi-final is broadcast. And if it survives, and makes it through to the final, then that’ll great. Unexpected, but great. The contest is being staged in the Swedish city of Malmo and I’ll be watching to see how they get on. It falls between our tour dates so I’ll be able to watch it on television.”

Not that Tony regularly watches Eurovision. Far from it.

“I’ve always thought ‘Oh no, not the Eurovision’, and here I am in it now,” he smiles. “I first said ‘Oh God, I don’t know. It seemed really strange, me doing a Eurovision song, I don’t usually do that. But I really hope it does well.”

Tony’s music has had lyrics added by songwriter Vardan Zadoyan, and the song is a plea for world peace. It was one of four tracks presented to Armenian voters and won by a landslide. A competitor since 2006, Armenia has never won Eurovision – but the song is riding a wave of popular acclaim and if it makes the final could well beat the UK’s entry, Believe In Me by Welsh warbler Bonnie Tyler.

In the meantime, the music school being rebuilt in Gyumri, is expected to open in September.

“I’ve been working with the people in Armenia for some years, and we’re currently building a music school to replace the one that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1988,” says Tony. “We’ve had a huge amount of support. Only the other week a Canadian firm came in with a truckload of musical instruments. The school is due to open in September and I’m looking forward to getting back out over there for that. A big thank you to Tim and the team at Millbank Music in Canada for the huge pile of instruments now on their way to Armenia. With support like this the project was always going to be successful. When the school opens this summer they’ll be off to a great start!”

Among others closely involved in the project, under the banner WhoCares, is Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, a close friend of Tony’s who also enjoyed a successful stint as Black Sabbath singer.

The Eurovision semi-final featuring Armenia is being broadcast by BBC3 at 8pm on Thursday, May 16. Stay tuned!

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Paul Cole for Birmingham Mail, 12 May 2013


Black Sabbath shown behind the scenes of upcoming “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” cameo


On Wednesday, 15 th May at 10PM EST, Black Sabbath will premiere the new track “End of the Beginning” on the CBS staple program. The episode follows the CSI team as they investigate a series of killings that the into the sins depicted within “Dantes Inferno”. The trail eventually leads actors Ten Danson and Marc Vann to a Black Sabbath concert.

The band made a behind-the-scenes clip showing themselves involved with the work with actors and stuff.

Check out the CBS video here

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By Graham Hartmann for Loudwire, 10 May 2013  

Tony Iommi star of Black Sabbath reunion show, says Australian review


It has been four decades since Black Sabbath and the Prince of Darkness hit the city of churches and thanks to guitarist Tony Iommi, it was worth the wait.

Arriving onstage shortly after 8pm, Black Sabbath, unlike its fans, were after an early night. Air-raid sirens rang out as the opening chords of War Pigs signalled the return of the hard rock juggernauts.

Iconic frontman Ozzy Osbourne shuffled around the stage putting on his best vocal performance of the night for the opening track, letting the crowd handle every second verse of the song. The stage was minimal. A handful of speakers backed by three screens focusing on Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. It was a greatest hits set to die for.

Snowblind, Black Sabbath, Fairies Wear Boots, Into the Void and Children of the Grave were but a few that had Ozzy, and the fans screaming. His vocals were quite often all over the place - for a man who has made a career out of singing along with the melody of the song, the frontman’s pitch jumped around as quick as Butler’s fretwork. With his vocals way up in the mix alongside Iommi’s guitar it was very easy to hear the bum notes. But no one cared - it was Sabbath. Fans were in the palm of Osbourne’s hand as he encouraged them to wave, scream and “go crazy”.

In between songs he was almost inaudible as his thick Birmingham accent washed over the audience, before the faint title of a song could be heard as an introduction.

Tommy Clufetos did a fine job standing in for Bill Ward, adding a thrilling drum solo to the hit-filled set. Osbourne continually rushed to a bucket of iced water in front of the kit to cool down in between songs before throwing it on the vocal audience as he left the stage.

The band returned for the finale of Paranoid, which cemented Iommi as the star of the show.
His seminal guitar lines are the basis for any hard rock act these days so it was no wonder the crowd saved its biggest roar for the veteran guitarist as he left the stage.

It was loud, dark and left your ears ringing for hours after the show and despite Osbourne not being at the top of his game, all was forgiven for these masters of darkness.


Sam Kelton for AdelaideNow, 8 May 2013

Iommi’s band finished the Australian leg of its world tour


Black Sabbath finished the Australian leg of its world tour over the weekend and now heads to Japan to play that country's first-ever Ozzfest on Sunday, May 12. A North American trek begins on July 25 in the Woodlands, Texas.

The band's setlist at Perth Gig was:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun
04. Snowblind
05. Black Sabbath
06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
07. N.I.B.
08. Fairies Wear Boots
09. Symptom Of The Universe (instrumental)
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. God Is Dead?
13. Dirty Women
14. Children Of The Grave


15. Paranoid (with "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" intro)

Quality photos of Black Sabbath's May 4 performance at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia can be found at

Read more news about the band on, 7 May 2013



Tony accepted his Revolver Golden Gods Riff Lord Award


Congratulations to our Iron Man!

Tony has accepted his well deserved Revolver Golden Gods Award in category "Riff Lord", presented by EMG. In fact if there is a Lord Riff on Earth, it can only be Sabbath's axeman.

His bandmates Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne were both present at the ceremony.

Watch the video on Revolver Golden Gods


Revolver, 4 May 2013
Photo Vertigo Records



Black Sabbath announce first Latin America dates. The tour starts in October


Megadeth will join the fathers of metal as a special guest on their Latin America tour in October. The tour will kick off in Santiago, Chile at Estadio Monumental on October 4. Tickets for Chile will go on sale to the general public on May 3 via Ticketek. The bands will also perform in Porto Alegre at Estacionamento da FIERGS on October 9th; in São Paulo at Campo de Marte on October 11th; and in Rio de Janeiro at Apoteose on October 13th. Tickets for Brazil will go on sale to the general public on May 6th via Tickets For Fun.

Read more on, 4 May 2013



Black Sabbath debut new song, “Loner”, live in Australia


Black Sabbath fans down under are scoring big as the band continues their trek through Australia. Sabbath debuted another new tune titled ‘Loner’ during their gig last night (May 1) in Melbourne, marking the song’s world premiere.

The fan-filmed footage above of Black Sabbath performing ‘Loner’ is reminiscent of old school Black Sabbath, rich with classic Tony Iommi riffs. Initial feedback on the new song based on the amateur footage covers a broad spectrum from “best song on the album yet,” and “eargasmic riff by Iommi” to fans lamenting over Ozzy Osbourne’s lackluster vocals. In all fairness to Ozzy, this isn’t professional footage and should only serve as a teaser to the full, studio recording of the track.

Read more on Ultimate Classic Rock

By Mary Ouellette for Classic Rock, 2 May 2013



Extra bonus track “Naivete in Black” to Best Buy Edition of new album “13”

Black Sabbath recorded way more than the eight songs that will appear on the standard edition of their “13” album and one of the ways that they are making sure that fans will get a chance to hear them is through the “bonus track” option. One of those extra songs — “Naivete in Black” — will turn up exclusively on the Best Buy deluxe edition version of the album.

Here is the tracklist of the Best Buy version:

End of The Beginning (8:07)
God is Dead? (8:54)
Loner (5:06)
Zeitgeist (4:28)
Age of Reason (7:02)
Live Forever (4:49)
Damaged Soul (7:43)
Dear Father (7:06)
Peace of Mind
Naïveté in Black (Best Buy Exclusive Track)

For those purchasing the Best Buy “13” deluxe edition version, it will come with the original track listing, as well as the three bonus cuts — “Methademic”, “Peace of Mind” and “Pariah” — that are scheduled for most of the band’s deluxe edition package. But the “Naivete in Black” addition is exclusive to Best Buy’s deluxe version. The Best Buy version can be pre-ordered here.

Preorder your version of “13” -- a wide variety of ordering options are available on


By Chad Childers for Loudwire, 1 May 2013  


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