Black Sabbath has set “13″ as the title of its new record. The group’s first LP with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 will be released in June. The drum tracks on the record were laid down by Rage Against The Machine sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.
Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.
In advance of the album's release, Black Sabbath will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.
Ward in May 2012 announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for its scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute.
He also allegedly had his lawyers direct Sabbath to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official Black Sabbath web site “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup,” according to a statement issued by the band’s publicist.
Butler issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward “hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public.”
Black Sabbath took part in a photo shoot on November 30, 2012 with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.