Black Sabbath 13

STORY BY Holly Ramos

Published: June 19, 2013

Truly cool music: Black Sabbath 13

1970: I was in first grade and I sat in my cool beautiful older cousin’s room, which was painted black and featured a psychedelic day-glow black light poster with a velvet background of a skeleton riding a motorcycle. He had the lights off and the black light on and let the needle drop. The first chord was heavier than anything I had ever heard before in my sweet short life. The drums grooved in and “War Pigs” entered my consciousness forever, then “Paranoid”, the less impressive 3rd song and then “Iron Man”. He flipped the vinyl and “Electric Funeral” came on. Are you kidding me? I had no idea what had just happened. I did not know if I should be scared or just start breaking things.

Black Sabbath’s new album 13, produced by Rick Rubin, dropped this week, the first Sabbath wreckard with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since 1978, (other than the live Reunion release in 98!).

The project was attempted over a decade ago, but never materialized until now and features the original Black Sabbath line up minus drummer Bill Ward. Producer Rubin is brilliant at getting that classic Sabbath sound from the early work. What fun he must have had in that studio. I am excited for everyone involved in this project. They should be so proud of themselves.  It took me back….

All I can say is buy it and go see these guys when they come through your town. Ozzy is a rock god who oozes love on stage and his fans love back even harder. Tony and Geezer are the best you could ask for and the original pioneers. This is some music that deserves support, yes? Rock on, dear ones.


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