Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath fame sat down with NME to talk about the band’s upcoming album. The anticipated title? Well, Ozzy dropped a not-so-subtle clue:
“Next year - 2013 - is a good clue of what we’ll call the album.”
Sabbath has made great progress so far, penning 15 new songs:
“We’ve written about 15 songs so far, whether they’ll get on an album [I don’t know]… You just keep on writing. I was trying to [work out]: where would we be now musically if we’d have stayed together?”
The band has been going through some struggling times as of late. Tony Iommi wrote an open letter to fans discussing his recent lymphoma diagnosis, and the band has been in ongoing disputes with drummer Bill Ward over touring contracts. Tommy Clufetos, who is touring with Ozzy And Friends, will be replacing Ward at Sabbath’s appearance this coming week at the Download festival in Donington Park.
As previously revealed, the band is working with legendary producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica) to record the new album. Bassist Geezer Butler explained the process with Rubin:
"He sat us down, put the first album on and said 'listen to this', imagine it's 1969, you've just done that, what would you do next?"
You can watch a video interview about the news here.