Black Sabbath has just posted a “behind-the-scenes” video of the making of their new album, 13. The video features the first footage with the band playing with former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk (currently performing as part of Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players).

Also, the video shows guitarist Tony Iommi looking different than we’ve seen him before, by necessity. Having undergone chemotherapy for lymphoma, he is no longer sporting his thick black mane: his short hair is hidden under a baseball cap in the video.

Here are some of the other highlights: 

1. “Black Sabbath don’t write songs you hear on the radio, we write musical pieces. ” That was a quote from Ozzy Osbourne (despite the fact that “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” are radio classics). He continues, “I make albums that I like, and if someone else likes it, great!” 

2. Geezer Butler notes that when recording as Black Sabbath, “It’s a legacy to live up to. If you try to live up to the expectations of the last album, you just fail dismally.” The last Sabbath album to feature Osbourne, Iommi and Butler was 1978’s Never Say Die.

3. Iommi was rather dark (even for him), said that if they put off doing an album any longer, “It’ll be too late. We’ll probably be dead soon.” 

4. Finally, Osbourne discusses how seriously he’s taking 13: “This Black Sabbath album is quite possibly the most important album of my career.” An interesting quote: he doesn’t elaborate and explain why, for instance, it would be more important than Black Sabbath’s debut, or his first post-Sabbath solo album. 

The video shows the band members jamming in the studio, but the only music heard is ’70s Sabbath. Clearly, they don’t want even a snippet of their new material to slip out before they’re ready to officially release it. Watch the video below. 

Brian Ives,


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