An invite-only listening party for BLACK SABBATH‘s new album, “13” — the first in 35 years to feature bassist Geeezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne — was held yesterday (Wednesday, April 10) at The Montalban in Los Angeles, California.
The following eight songs were played back to a small theater full of select media and VIPs:
* End Of The Beginning (8:07)
* God Is Dead? (8:54)
* Loner (5:06)
* Zeitgeist (4:28)
* Age Of Reason (7:02)
* Live Forever (4:49)
* Damaged Soul (7:43)
* Dear Father (7:06)
Check out a report at the Black Sabbath Online web site.
“13” is due out June 11 on Vertigo/Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH‘s return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group’s first studio album together since 1978’s “Never Say Die!” They have sold more than 70 million albums together.
Ozzy told an Australian radio station that “13” is “mind-blowing,” adding, “It’s better than my wildest dreams; it’s so good.”
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward‘s decision to bow out of the reunion.
BLACK SABBATH will make a rare television appearance when the band performs a new song on the season finale of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS-TV. The band will world premiere a song called “End Of The Beginning” from “13”. The episode’s plot follows the “CSI” team as they investigate a series of murder that resemble the sins in “Dante’s Inferno”, with the trail leading the detectives played by Ted Danson andMarc Vann to attend a SABBATH concert.
Although SABBATH vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has extensive TV experience thanks to the now-legendary reality series “The Osbournes”, he told The Pulse Of Radio he’s generally shied away from showing up on the small screen. “‘The Osbournes’ was like an experiment that went way over what I ever expected it to do,” he said. “Sharon and I have been offered so much TV stuff, but I can’t stand it, you know. I mean, I don’t like to see me on TV, I don’t like to see me on film or anything, you know.”
“Super Collider” is scheduled for a June 4 release via MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, which is distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Horn player Bob Findley — who previously appeared on the track “Silent Scorn” from MEGADETH‘s 2001 CD, “The World Needs A Hero” — is a featured guest on the song “A House Divided” on the new album. Other tracks set to appear on the effort include “Forget To Remember”, “Dance In The Rain”, “The Blackest Crow”, “Super Collider”, “Burn”, “King Maker” and “Don’t Turn Your Back”, a snippet of which can be streamed at MegadethGame.com.
In a recent interview with the “Shockwaves”/“HardRadio” podcast,Mustaine stated about the “Super Collider” title track and cover artwork: “I was up in Santa Barbara, and USA Today, as a newspaper, I started reading a long time ago because it had Sudoku in it. I’m not really down with a lot of the viewpoints of the newspaper, but I kind of got used to reading it because of the puzzles in it — ’cause I love word puzzles; I like to enrich my word power. And there was a story in there about how they finally had identified the mass that goes around the molecules and stuff; it’s called the Higgs Boson and we had done that with the Super Collider. And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a really cool story.’ Actually, the stuff’s called the ‘God particle.’ And I thought, knowing how closed-minded people are with my faith and thinking that that’s gonna change who I am as a person — which it did — and that that would also correlate into changing my guitar playing, which it didn’t, I didn’t wanna have a song called ‘God Particle’, because every village has its idiots, and unfortunately for me, a bunch of them follow me on the Internet. So we opted to call it ‘Super Collider’. And this first song is kind of, like, a song about no matter how bad things get, come with me, we’ll take the high road and we’ll hang out and have a great time and we’ll stick together until the end of the world, so to speak, when the world explodes like a Super Collider. Because the whole theory of the super collider is atoms swirling into one another at millions of miles an hour, I guess. I love the concept, I love the artwork that we have for this record — it’s the Hadron Collider, and that is a remarkable machine. And if you look at the Super Collider, the thing itself — whether it does a damn bit of good or not, nobody really knows; I don’t know how it’s gonna correlate to lowering gas prices or anything like that, or getting people to stop trying to run everybody’s lives right now and the dumbing down of America… But it’s really cool if you look at how big it is. A lot of pictures on the ‘Net will show this enormous machinery and guys the size of ants next to it. And the one picture that we used for our cover was, like I said, the Hadron Collider and it’s just beautiful stuff, man. Science is really interesting. I mean, I don’t believe in evolution, I believe in creation, so science only goes so far with me, but I really dig looking at that whole way that’s set up with the tubing and the piping and the reactors and all the stuff that goes along with it. You have to see it for yourself.”
“Super Collider” is MEGADETH‘s first release since its recent split with Roadrunner Records.