By: Catherine Mitchell
First, there was the Return of the Jedi, then Return of the King, now, in 2013, there is Return of the Sabbath!
The original Black Sabbath lineup, (minus Bill Ward), have reunited to record their 19th studio album, due out in June. In a recent interview with KCALfm, bassist Geezer Butler said, “It’s got the feel of the first three albums, back to the basic rawness. The lyrics are about life, death, doom and everything else. You get Prozac with each album.”
Tentatively entitled 13, the album features 16 tracks with Rage Against the Machine drummer, Brad Wilk, sitting in for Ward, who decided against participation due to unhappiness with his contract.
“Rick [Rubin] suggested Brad because he’s more in the vein of Bill Ward. We jammed with him and he sounded great with the stuff, so we went with that. We’re sort of back to the way we used to be in the 70s and that’s Brad’s feel- a sort of jazzy, bluesy feel,” Butler explained to KCAL.
Black Sabbath has a series of New Zealand and Australian tour dates scheduled for 2013, and are expected to announce more in the coming months.
On the list of the top 10 things to do before dying, experiencing Sabbath ranks in the top three. Who else can’t wait for the new album?