blacksabb2013 Black Sabbath are to record a final album together, Ozzy Osbourne has exclusively revealed to Metal Hammer.

The heavy metal legends will team up with producer Rick Rubin once again to record the follow-up to 2013’s hugely successful 13 album.

Speaking to Classic Rock at the end of 2013, Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were hesitant about the possibility of making one final Sabbath album – “I don’t know if it would be the right thing to do,” Iommi admitted. “But who knows. The history of this band has taught me to never say never” – but frontman Ozzy now says that the band will begin work on the album next year.

“The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great,” says Ozzy. “We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t fucking 21 any more, if we’re going to do I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

Although the trio have no new material written for what will be their fourteenth studio album, Osbourne anticipates that sessions will begin early in 2015.

“It’ll be sooner rather than later,” the singer insists. “Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or LA, but I’ll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!”


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  • Mike on

    Honestly, I had a really hard time getting into 13. I thought it was an Ok album. I didn’t see them on tour but kind of wished at least Brad Wilk could have toured with them, in place of Ward.

    So for me, lets get down to brass tacks: Ozzy’s voice, like most aging rock stars, has narrowed even more in it’s range, and it shows on the album. Secondly, I do understand that maybe Ward had health issues, or wasn’t up to playing, however what’s missing is his swing. There is so much swing and jazz drumming on early BS albums that completely gets overlooked. When you marry standard 4 on the floor rock drumming to Sabbath, it sounds like a less poppy Ozzy album. It’s missing something.

    Honestly, it’s why I’m grateful that Robert Plant has turned down all the Zep “reunion” offers. As much as It’d be great to hear them jam again, besides the one off concerts, something would be missing in the new material. Same goes for Black Sabbath.

    • George on

      Disagree…Brad Wilk captured that jazziness perfectly and the album is everything one should love about Sabbath..darkness, light, soft, jazzy, hard and every song has 3 songs in it because of the dramatic time and mood changes. Very unpredictable and a masterpiece…

  • Tim on

    14th album? Not even close to being correct…of any lineup

    • Speedking on

      They think we’re stupid. I think they include Dio as “Sabbath”, but exclude Gillan/Hughes/Martin. So I guess 1983-1991 didn’t happen. Nor did 1993-95.

      Dio was right. Iommi is an idiot.

  • talktopete on

    I will take what I can get. Nothing can change the past. Within TEN years all of these bands will be gone. Think about how fast time fly’s now as we get older. All of them. From Sabbath, to Priest, to Kiss, even Elton John.

  • Speedking on

    I’d rather the Cross Purposes lineup reunited.

  • Lee on

    Live Nation has offered Plant contracts for USC & UCLA home field bowls many times, he likes to bore us with bands doing club versions of Zeppelin. He still hasn’t sold out Denver for this saturday, a small place.

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