Black Sabbath has confirmed the title and release date of the first album by the band in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler recording together again. The disc is officially called 13 and will arrive on June 11th. Several configurations of the album are available now for pre-order, including a standard CD, a deluxe double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and a "Super Deluxe Box Set" containing the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.
- Anyone who pre-orders the album in any of these formats at the band's official website will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official 13 album launch event in London. The prize will include a meet-and-greet with the band, flights and accommodations.
- Sabbath has also released a new behind-the-scenes video in which producer Rick Rubin talks about working with the band. A tiny sample of new music can be heard in the three-minute clip.
- The three original members are joined on the album by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, who may or may not tour with them as well. Founding drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion over a contractual dispute.
- Sabbath will launch a world tour in support of the album next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, with North American dates to follow in July and August.
CHECK IT OUT: Go to www.blacksabbath.com if you want to pre-order a copy of 13
WATCH: Look at the new behind-the-scenes video:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Feel_The_Darkness wrote: "YES!!! Gotta get the deluxe edition!!!"
withnoregret wrote: "With the guy from Rage Against the Machine and an extremely thought provoking title! Can't wait!"
phildickian wrote: "I have low expectations for this. Ozzy is senile and in a sad state. NONE of his solo albums are very good."
lowrider wrote: "I want the dvd with the double cd, but I dont need the vinyl, if I dont buy the vinyl I wont have the dvd? thats not fair!"
electric-mombie wrote: "I have a lot of good vibes and faith about this Sabbath album. Sometimes the greats can still be just that."
Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock, Classic Rock, Noisecreep, Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME
Check out video at Blabbermouth
Check out their American tour dates at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock