The first single from Black Sabbath's new album, 13, began streaming online Thursday (April 18th) and is expected to arrive at rock radio stations on Friday (April 19th). The song, called "God Is Dead?," is nearly nine minutes long and begins with a soft guitar, builds into a slow, doom-laden stomp, then switches halfway through into a more uptempo riff that comes the closest to the sound of the classic early Sabbath albums.
Ozzy told us a while back that he had just one standard that a new Sabbath album had to meet: "If you don't do an album that blows the doors off the last one that we did together, then it's gonna be looked upon as a joke, you know."
- The Rick Rubin-produced 13 comes out on June 11th and is the first Sabbath album to feature Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler together since 1978's Never Say Die!.
- Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine provided drum tracks in lieu of original drummer Bill Ward.
- Sabbath will begin a world tour later this month in Australia, with North American dates coming in the summer and European gigs penciled in for the fall.
- The band will also make a rare TV appearance to perform a new song called "End Of The Beginning" on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?":
WHAT DO YOU THINK??:
It's here at last! What do you think of the new Sabbath track?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
gunsdf wrote: "the best part starts at 6:23. I hope the rest of the record to be better, but this is a good song."
vpereira1982 wrote: "f***ing Rick Rubin, why do you keep over-compressing your albums? It makes them sound like s***."
Kemo wrote: "Sounds like Ozzy's solo s***! I don't hear the 'Sabbath' sound in this. Turn the damn bass up! There's no pocket with Geezer & the drums. Tony's sound is so generic now too. I'm disappointed."
jerry2968_97 wrote: "This f***ing rips I can't wait to hear the rest of the album."
karmalife1 wrote: "Listen to the old Sabbath records and then listen to this song again. Bill Ward's absence is definitely felt on this track. God Is Dead? sounds like an Ozzy song, not a Sabbath song."
Tyler Tiberius Kirk wrote: "This is AWESOME! Buying the album on day one of release for sure!"
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