Brummie geezers Black Sabbath have set ’13’ as the title for their upcoming 19th studio album, the first with Ozzy on the mic since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’.


Following the departure of sticksman Bill Ward, the inventors-of-metal have opted for Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wild as a replacement.


The anticipated release was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin and is due out in June via Vertigo/Universal.


The band have been chuffed with Rubin’s efforts, with Butler commenting: “He sat us down, put the first album on and said ‘listen to this’, imagine it’s 1969, you’ve just done that, what would you do next?”


Iommi added “It’s taken on the flavor of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it.”


The Midland’s legends are scheduled for an Australian headlining tour in April (the first since 1974) and are set to headline Ozzfest Japan in May. A world tour is currently being looked into.


25/4 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
27/4 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
01/5 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
04/5 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
12/5 – Chiba City, JP @ Ozzfest Japan


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