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Metal Riot Exclusive: Top 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

Posted by Metal Dude on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM (PST)

Even with an amazing year of releases behind us, it’s hard not to wonder what metal would be like in 2013. The promise of a new Black Sabbath album is moving along great, Tool have been promising a new album for many years, and the chances of new albums from Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC appear to be positive — well, your guess is as good as ours, but we think it’ll happen!

Because 2012 ends in two months, I have decided to create a list called Top 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013. Who would you like to see release new music in 2013? The results are right here. If you don’t see anything listed, let us know by leaving a comment.

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Last Friday (October 12th) on Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife/manger Sharon confirmed that Black Sabbath (despite the recent departure of drummer Bill Ward) are finally in the studio recording their new album. In the same topic, she was asked if fans are going to see the band play live in Australia, and she replied:

“Of course you are. Black Sabbath are in the studio right now with Rick Rubin recording and they are going to be touring here in the spring of next year. Definitely.”

You can listen to the interview in its entirety at this location.

The new Sabbath album doesn’t have a release date, but it’ll likely 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.

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Honestly, I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to write anything else about this whole Black Sabbath “reunion” thing.  Look, it gets web hits and everyone wants to know what’s going on with one of the most influential bands in metal history.  Plus there’s no one out there (except maybe Sharon) that doesn’t want to see these guys back together at least once before they die.  So I’m writing this one last article (until they put Bill Ward back in the band) as an update.

If you don’t know, the band is having a “reunion” without the original drummer Bill Ward because they can’t seem to get their shit together and reach an agreement about monetary issues.  It’s anyone’s guess who’s really to blame here, but basically a bunch of childish rich old British men can’t sit down and figure out how to split up a HUGE sum of money equally and Bill refuses to play nice until he gets what he feels is a fair contract.  So instead of saying “fuck it” and making this happen somehow they are recording a “reunion” album without the original drummer they have now offered him the chance to play a couple songs at a festival FOR FREE and then step down so another drummer can fill in for the rest of the set and get paid.  Yes you read that right.  Plus Ward didn’t even know about the show and found out from an ad online. You’d think Ozzy maybe has a little cash kicking around after selling his soul to MTV and could just make this work, but it looks like that is a big negative.

To read quotes from Ward on the whole situation click here.

Oh yeah by the way, Tony Iommi has cancer too (which one would think might be an incentive to say fuck it and just play together again one last time, but no).  He is reportedy responding well to treatment and has been recording this whole time.  

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Tony Iommi issues update on battle with cancer

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM (PST)

Tony Iommi, the legendary guitarist from heavy metal gods Black Sabbath has released an update on his battle with lymphatic cancer.

“A little update on how it’s all going:

Well, I’ve had the last dose of chemotherapy, so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon. The steroids were the [worst]. I’ve now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I’m told can be very tiring, so we’ll see.

A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England; it was a big incentive for me. We managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.

And, importantly, thanks again for your kind messages. Hope to be seeing you soon.”

Hopefully all continues to go well and this summer’s US appearance goes on as planned.  Let’s also hope that Bill Ward decides to participate as he has recently opted out of participating with the recording and touring because he is not happy with his contract.  You can read more on that here.

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Black Sabbath – More from Bill Ward on Potential Reunion

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has released another statement regarding the band hopeful reunion of the classic line up. It would appear that they have not yet offered Bill the “signable” contract he is looking for and have chosen to record without him.

While my normal reaction to all of this would be to tell Sharon to keep her nose out of Sabbath’s business I guess she has stated that she has nothing to do with Black Sabbath’s managment and commented ”I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband” so you just have to wonder why these guys cant reach an agreement. Its a shame that with everything going on with Tony Iommi that these guys cant work it out.

For Bill Ward’s statement click here.

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Bill Ward’s son releases statement on Black Sabbath “shitstorm”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM (PST)

Well, if you haven’t been living under a rock then you have probably heard something about the Black Sabbath reunion continuing without Bill Ward, along with all the other shenanigans.  If you haven’t, then clicking here for the back story and links to all the craziness may not be a bad idea as there’s quite a bit of details.

It’s gotten so bad that now we even have Bill Ward’s son weighing in on the situation.  The whole thing actually helps to bring a bit of clarity to everything and you can click here to read the full statement.

Then you have the always polite and eloquent Sharon Osbourne.  Supposedly the internets have been buzzing with rumors that this whole thing is somehow her fault and that she is refusing to give Bill a fair contract.  So of course she felt the need to step in yesterday by releasing a statement saying,”I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband.”  Well maybe she could manage to tell Ozzy to throw Bill a bone.

This whole thing is insane really and who’s to say it won’t just get worse, money is a crazy thing.

On the bright side though there has been a Facebook page started called 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward and it’s starting to generate some steam. You can check it out here.

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Bill Ward officially out of Black Sabbath

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM (PST)

Wow, this has been a crazy couple of weeks for Black Sabbath.  First of all, Tony Iommi has cancer.  Supposedly he’s doing better, but he still has cancer and that’s not good.  Then Birmingham announces Black Sabbath Day (which is apparently officially happening) and Bill Ward threatens to leave the band, all within a couple of days.  Now Black Sabbath has announced that they plan to continue the reunion and new album without Bill.

Bill Ward recently stated that he would not work with the band until presented with a contract he felt was fair.  So, the rest of the band has decided they will record and tour without him.  Rumors are circulating that Tommy Clufetos may be stepping in but nothing is official as of yet.  Hopefully everyone realises that they have been friends for infinity, are already rich, very old, and oh yeah, Tony has cancer.  Oh right, and you helped start heavy metal.  That way they can settle their differences in time for the album and play together one more time.

Click here to read the official statement from the band.

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It seemed like nothing could stop  the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion, not even Tony Iommi getting cancer. But it looks like the album and tour may not be happening because of…contract issues?  That’s right, drummer Bill Ward has released a statement announcing that he will not be participating in anything unless a “signable contract” or “fair agreement” can be reached.

You’d think at this point they could say “F the money, we’re rich and Tony is sick, this is our last chance.  We helped start metal and can’t do this to our fans either, here’s a little bit of the Ozzy fortune to help sweeten the deal Bill.”  It would seem that is not the case though, money always wins, and judging from Bill’s statement it doesn’t sound like he’s asking for too much.

To read the full statement from Bill Ward click here.

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Birmingham official working to make “Black Sabbath Day” reality

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM (PST)

The Birmingham Post is reporting that Philip Parkin of the Birmingham City Council is such a huge Black Sabbath fan that he has gone so far as to write other city officials urging the creation of an official “Black Sabbath Day”.

The “Destination Birmingham” document said:

“Black Sabbath’s reunion and their agreement to headline Download Festival in June is an opportunity we should not miss. Early discussions are taking place about how best the city should celebrate this and the council should be supporting any celebrations.”

Guitarist Tony Iommi was recently diagnosed with cancer, but is reportedly responding well to early treatment and plans to play Download Festival are still on as far as anyone seems to know.

Click here to read a statement from Phillip Parkin.

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Black Sabbath still recording album; moving efforts to Birmingham

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM (PST)

Godfathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath have released the first good news since guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago.

Apparently, Iommi has been responding well to early treatments and plans for a new album are still in the works.  Plus, the band has decided to go back to their roots and move any upcoming writing and recording to Iommi’s personal studio in Birmingham, England.

Click here to read several statements from the band.

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It’s official: Black Sabbath is back!

Posted by Metal Dude on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM (PST)

After many false starts and so much speculation, Black Sabbath have finally decided to reunite for a new album and tour next year. The reunion lineup will be the original, which features Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums.

The reunion was officially announced this morning during a special announcement ceremony at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California, where they made its Los Angeles debut exactly 41 years ago today (November 11, 1970), opening for Alice Cooper. All four original members of the group attended the event, which was hosted by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.

Black Sabbath will begin recording a brand new album in January 2012 with producer Rick Rubin for a fall release via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories. This will be the first album as Black Sabbath in 17 years (since 1995’s Forbidden) and the first in 34 years with the original line-up, since 1978’s Never Say Die. In addition, the band will do a full-scale tour, which includes an appearance at the U.K.’s Download festival on June 10, 2012. More shows are currently to be determined.

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Black Sabbath to reunite on Friday (almost for real)

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM (PST)

After many months and years of speculation, it appears that the long-awaited Black Sabbath reunion with the original lineup (consisting of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) is finally coming to fruition.

The band’s official website, which is almost blank, displays the logo from the cover of Master of Reality and the text “11.11.11”, as a reference to next Friday, November 11, 2011. On the same day, the original lineup of Black Sabbath will all be in attendance at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, California for a special announcement ceremony to be hosted by former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins. The ceremony is to start at exactly 11:11 a.m. Despite this, there’s no indication whether this will lead to an official reunion. Stay tuned for updates, as official details surface.

Black Sabbath last performed together in 2005. For a while, the band had changed their name to Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Other than two new studio tracks on their 1998 live album Reunion and three never-before songs on their 2007 compilation The Dio Years, Sabbath haven’t released a full-length studio album since 1995’s Forbidden.

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Ozzy Osbourne says Black Sabbath reunion is a “strong possibility”

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM (PST)

While speaking to about his upcoming second book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, Ozzy Osbourne touched on the rumors that he recently spent time in England working on material for a new Black Sabbath album with other members of the band’s original lineup. Asked if a reunion was a possibility, Ozzy replied, “Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility. It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”

Rumors and speculation of a Black Sabbath reunion (with the original lineup) have been persistent; they last toured in 2005. For a while, the band had changed their name to Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Other than two new studio tracks on their 1998 live album Reunion and three never-before songs on their 2007 compilation The Dio Years, Sabbath haven’t released a full-length studio album since 1995’s Forbidden.

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Read a brand new conversation with the great vocalist Tony Martin looking back on his awesome contributions to the iconic Black Sabbath as well as his thoughts on the state of the music industry, his solo career and much more.

Click here to read the interview.

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Geezer Butler Statement On Rumors of Black Sabbath Reunion

Posted by Christine on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:43 AM (PST)

Responding to ongoing rumors surrounding a possible Black Sabbath reunion, Geezer Butler has issued the following statement:

“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumors, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”

Butler’s most recent musical outing was with Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. The band released “Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell” in November of 2010.

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