Black Sabbath’s highly anticipated new album, 13, is now available to listen to in its entirety on the iTunes store. Fans who pre-order either the standard or the deluxe edition will immediately receive a download of the album’s first single “God is Dead?” The album will have its official release on June 11.
In a new interview, guitarist Tony Iommi says, “It's like we've never been apart.”
Talking to Australia’s The Age, Iommi says, “When we started this project, we went to [producer] Rick Rubin’s house and he played the first [Black Sabbath] album and said, ‘How long is it since you've heard it?’ So he was just trying to get us back into that vibe and we got it… getting back to the basics.
“Over the years, you do get carried away with doing different things… changing your sound, and God knows what else, but with this one, there's a lot of elements of those first albums, and while there's a lot of different stuff going on, it worked out really well.
“It's like we've never been apart, to be honest. We've all been friends for so long and it's been great getting back together — really good — and a really good way to finish off, I think, with the original lineup.”
13, produced by Rick Rubin, sees the reunion of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler after more than 30 years. It’s not quite the “original lineup” though. Bill Ward is replaced on the album by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk.