An article on Metal Injection is reporting that SiriusXM Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin visited Black Sabbath in the studio where they are now recording their anticipated new record, which, as many of you know, will feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals for the first time in 35 years. The article itself states:
“The band is currently in the studio recording vocals with Rick Rubin. There are 15 songs that have been written, and according to Geezer Butler, 12 of them will make the record, most likely with the additional three serving as bonus tracks for different special editions.
Apparently, guitarist Tony Iommi completed all 15 guitar tracks during the band’s sessions in England earlier this year, and judging by the way most bands record, that would mean drums are done as well. Ozzy and Geezer are working to complete the tracks in five song increments, with the first five being worked on currently.
Ozzy is tracking vocals, with bassist Geezer Butler writing all the lyrics. One song title has been confirmed and it’s “God Is Dead.”
As for guitarist Tony Iommi, Ozzy mentioned that he spoke to Iommi recently and he is in good sprits and recovery is coming along very well from his cancer scare earlier this year.”
The new Sabbath album doesn’t have a release date, but it’s supposed to be out next year. Not only will it be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s Forbidden, but it’s also their first with Ozzy on vocals since 1978’s Never Say Die. We recently listed the new Sabbath album as #1 in our “Top 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013” list.