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Black Sabbath to Release New Album ‘13’ in June

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Black Sabbath waited until it officially became Jan. 13 in their native England before revealing that their highly anticipated new studio album will be titled ’13.’ The heavy metal legends spent the past year working on the effort, which is being produced by Rick Rubin.

The band also has announced that the album, which they initially targeted for April, is now expected to arrive at a still-to-be-determined date in June. And moreover, they’ve revealed that Rage Against the Machine‘s Brad Wilk served as drummer during the recording sessions. Black Sabbath will issue the disc via their original label Vertigo worldwide, with Vertigo/Republic offering the record in the United States.

’13’ will be the band’s first original album with Ozzy Osbourne as vocalist since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’ Though meant to be a reunion of the original four members, a contract squabble has kept drummer Bill Ward out of the picture. Osbourne’s stickman from his solo band, Tommy Clufetos, filled in on tour during Ward’s absence last year, but the aforementioned Wilk handled the drumming for the group for the upcoming album.

Black Sabbath have already announced a number of dates for 2013, beginning with a trek through Australia and also including a headlining spot on this year’s Ozzfest in Japan. More dates are expected and will be announced shortly.

Black Sabbath’s 2013 Tour:

4/20 — Auckland, New Zealand — Vector Arena
4/22 — Auckland, New Zealand — Vector Arena
4/25 — Brisbane, Australia — Entertainment Centre
4/27 — Sydney, Australia — All Phones Arena
4/29 — Melbourne, Australia — Rod Laver Arena
5/1 — Melbourne, Australia — Rod Laver Arena
5/4 — Perth, Australia — Rod Laver Arena
5/12 — Tokyo, Japan — Ozzfest Makuhari Messe

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