Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Black Sabbath And Their Nineteenth Studio Album, 13 Is Going To Release After Eighteen Years

Black Sabbath

It’s a very long time? Yes it is; about eighteen years later Black Sabbath is going to release their nineteenth studio album. On 13 January 2013, the band announced that the album would be released in June under the title 13.  Mixing of the album was started in February. The album is undertaken to be released on 10 June 2013 in Europe and 11 June 2013 in North America, via Vertigo Records and Republic Records in the US, and via Vertigo Records worldwide. It will be the first studio album released by Black Sabbath since Forbidden (1995), and their first studio recording with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler since the live album Reunion (1998). It is also the first studio album with Osbourne since Never Say Die! (1978), and Butler since Cross Purposes (1994). Brad Wilk, the drummer of Rage Against the Machine was selected as the drummer, and Rick Rubin was selected as the producer. On 12 April 2013, the band released the album's tracklis. The standard version of the album features eight new tracks, and the deluxe version features three bonus tracks. The vocal of this band, Ozzy Osbourne commented about this band "It's a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. I heard the finished thing last week and I've got to be truthful with you, I was so bowled over by the way it sounded. If you liked Black Sabbath in the old days, you gotta love '13.' It's very heavy. It's very, very heavy. I'm my own worst critic," the singer adds. "Rather than the pluses I look for the minuses. And I haven't been this excited for an album in a long, long time. I can't remember the last time.

The full '13' track list is:

Black Sabbath and 13
     End of The Beginning
     God is Dead?
     Age Of Reason
     Live Forever
     Damaged Soul
     Dear Father

Bonus deluxe edition tracks:

     Peace of Mind

English band, Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band has since experienced multiple lineup changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, and the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Paranoid, released in 1970. They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, behind Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them among the "100 greatest artists of all time". They have sold over 15 million records in the United States and over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Black Sabbath has been as influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The band took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, about slowing the tempo, about accentuating the bass, and also emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish. If their ancestors clearly came out of an electrified blues tradition, Black Sabbath took that tradition in a new direction, and helped to give birth to a musical style that continued to attract millions of fans decades later. I think that if there was no bloody sabbaths, there shouldn't be the metal. So thanks the Sabbaths for this bloody captivating music style.

Line up of Black Sabbath

The Latest Lineup of This Band:

     Tony Iommi – lead guitar
     Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
     Geezer Butler – bass guitar
     Brad Wilk – drums

Black Sabbath have gone through many line-ups and stylistic changes, their original sound focused on ominous lyrics and doomy music, often making use of the musical tritone, also called the "devil's interval". While their first two albums had slight compositional similarities to the progressive rock genre that was growing in popularity at the time, standing in stark contrast to popular music of the early 1970s Black Sabbath's dark sound was dismissed by rock critics of the era. Much like many of their early heavy metal contemporaries, the band received virtually no airplay on rock radio. As the band's primary songwriter, Tony Iommi wrote the majority of Black Sabbath's music, while Osbourne would write vocal melodies, and bassist Geezer Butler would write lyrics. The process was sometimes frustrating for Iommi, who often felt pressured to come up with new material. "If I didn't come up with anything, nobody would do anything." On Iommi's influence", Osbourne later said, “Black Sabbath never used to write a structured song. There'd be a long intro that would go into a jazz piece, then go all folky ... and it worked. Tony Iommi and I have said this a zillion times—should be up there with the greats. He can pick up a guitar, play a riff, and you say, 'He's gotta be out now, he can't top that.' Then you come back, and I bet you a billion dollars, he'd come up with a riff that'd knock your fucking socks off.

The Studio Albums of Black Sabbath:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
Heaven and Hell (1980)
Mob Rules (1981)
Born Again (1983)
Seventh Star (1986)
The Eternal Idol (1987)
Headless Cross (1989)
TYR (1990)
Dehumanizer (1992)
Cross Purposes (1994)
Forbidden (1995)
13 (2013)

Black Sabbath will tour Australia, New Zealand and play a show at Ozzfest in Japan in advance of the new album. These dates had been arranged to allow Iommi to return to the UK for lymphoma treatment once every six weeks. From late July to early September 2013, Black Sabbath will embark on their first U.S. tour in eight years. After that, they will tour Europe in November and December.

Line up of Black Sabbath


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