Contrary to previous statements Black Sabbath may have made, the band has announced that it will release a final album despite recently stating it would not.
The band’s last album called 13 was released in 2013. It marked singer Ozzy Osbourne’s return to the group.
13 was the band’s nineteenth album, and went on to top the UK and U.S. charts. It also earned the metal legends a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
With the band set to embark on it’s last ever tour, aptly called The End Tour, Ozzy and the boys have done a 360 and have now stated that they will be offering fans a chance to buy a special “tour-only” release while the band is on the road.
The album will showcase eight tracks, some of which were recorded during the band’s 13 sessions. Billboard reports that it will feature unheard songs: “Season of the Dead”, “Cry All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man” plus live versions of tracks “God Is Dead?”, “Age of Reason”, “End of the Beginning”, and “Under the Sun”.
Sabbath bassist, Geezer Butler told Billboard: “We thought we’d put out an album of 13 songs, but when we were in the studio we wrote another three songs, which brought it up to 16 and then we left it to Rick Rubin to pick which songs would go on the album, and to give it some light and shade he picked the eight songs that were on the 13 album.”
“We put a few songs on deluxe versions of the album and then we had the four left over, and we decided to do a gig-only CD.”
The debate over whether Sabbath would record and release a final CD arose after Ozzy stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin, and then retracted the statement.
Osbourne said recently: “I’m not saying I won’t ever get on stage with Geezer or Tony or any of them again, but officially, as Sabbath, we’re done, and I’ll go back to doing my own thing.” Adding: “We were gonna do one [another album] before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I’ll be fucking 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.”
As a by the way, 13 was the band’s first ever U.S. number one album. Maybe this new album could bring the band another?