Ozzy Osbourne told Australian radio station Triple M that the new Black Sabbath album -- the first in 35 years to feature Ozzy, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi -- is "mind-blowing." Ozzy added, "I'm so over the moon about the way the album turned out. We wrote 16 songs ... and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck (stood up) . . . It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
The CD, called 13, is due out June 11th. Ozzy said, "If you're a Sabbath fan, you will not be disappointed. It's so Sabbath-y, it's scary. It's the album we should have made after (1973's) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by Rage Against The Machine sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
Although I would have PREFERRED that Bill Ward be a part of this project, it won't stop me from picking up a copy this summer. Sabbath has announced European tour dates but I would venture to guess that U.S. dates are sure to follow!