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Deluxe Album, 3 bonus audio tracks. 11 tracks total.6 panel softpak with 3 pockets and a lenticular cover. Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 will be released on Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. Currently on tour, Black Sabbath -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler,are previewing music from their forthcoming album 13. On the new album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes in length) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' trailblazing work in the 70s. Songs such as End of the Beginning, Loner, Dear Father and Age of Reason reinforce 13's testament to the enduring relevance of Black Sabbath's long-running reign.
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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Deluxe ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B00BTHWFBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)
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There aren't many bands that get back together after several decades and succeed in recapturing in new songs the elements that made them successful in the first place - in fact, I can't think of any band that's done this (Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion did, but with old songs). So, one of the first things Rick Rubin did when he got Black Sabbath together was to play them their first album, presumably in the hope that they could recapture the vibe that basically invented heavy metal. The good news for Sabbath fans is that they've come pretty close on what may be their last album. On a mix tape/playlist, the songs on 13 would sit pretty comfortably alongside the first four Sabbath albums - especially Black Sabbath and Paranoid. Songs on 13 are mostly medium-slow tempo and, with one exception, very heavy and unmistakably Black Sabbath.

Rick Rubin should be congratulated for bringing out the best of these metal legends. Tony Iommi overcame his cancer treatment to prove he's still the riff-master, and I think his solos throughout the album are especially tasteful - no notes are wasted. Geezer Butler is still a monster on bass, as anyone who's seen him live recently would attest (Ozzy Osbourne gives him the highest compliment in the liner notes). Ozzy himself doesn't reproduce any of the high-pitched screams of the early days; rather he sticks to a lower register that would make it possible to reproduce these songs live during the current tour. Finally, while I'm sad to see Bill Ward didn't make it this far, Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) fits in perfectly - 'surprisingly well' according to Geezer in a Guitar World interview - and he doesn't try to be too fancy or too heavy. Here's my subjective song-by-song breakdown of 13.
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Others may break down each track of 13. I'll attempt to break down a far bigger picture of what this remarkable album represents.

While it appears that the positive reactions to this album will certainly trounce the negative, it has been somewhat astonishing to read some of the criticism surrounding Black Sabbath's 13. Truth be told, despite dipping into the well that brought them fame and fortune, this is a very progressive album and it requires an attentive listener to fully comprehend everything that it is about. Many of these songs are harmonically diverse with complex arrangements, tempo shifts, and utterly fascinating developments with twists and turns that somehow never cross into the "pretentious." Instead, the process strikes as organic and most of these tracks attain a very impressive and natural "flow" to the ideas at hand. True Sabbath fans will recognize this approach all too well and find the greatest joys in hearing a band with this level of musicianship back in action. Casual fans or the uninitiated may need quite a few listens to understand all that is contained within these compositions.

How many times have you heard comments that the opening track sounds like the title track of their debut album all those years ago? And yet, that only tells a minor part of the story. "The End Of The Beginning" is epic Sabbath and a sound that only Sabbath can stretch toward and attain. It opens more like "Under The Sun," then finds its way into the "Black Sabbath" comparisons when the riff softens to that familiar feel, but it then drifts into a riff that would have been comfortable on Master Of Reality until somehow finding Sabotage and finally landing in Technical Ecstasy territory.
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After decades of waiting, 3/4's of the original Black Sabbath (including Ozzy) reunite for what has to be one of the most anticipated CD's of the year, the boomtastic "13." I can testify that it was worth the wait. Producer Rick Rubin told the band to go back to their early albums to get a feel for what he was expecting to produce, and the band took it to heart. This is metal so dense, it cuts like used crankshaft motor oil. It's that heavy.

If you're looking for speedy riff rocking, it's not here. This is the sound that created such anthemic dirges as "War Pigs" or "Sweet Leaf." There's even a touch of Ozzy the blasphemer as he raises the question "Is God Dead?" And they pound that riff into submission for over 8 minutes. Granted, Ozzy's voice is showing its weathering, but Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler still have the magic spooky touch. (Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk fills in for Bill Ward.) "End Of The Beginning" snakes a demented blues riff to kick the album off with a oozing pounce. Or there's "Dear Father," which tackles the subject of abuse.

The band has never been scared of heavier topics, which "Dear Father" and the anxiety provoking "Methademic" show. (Given Ozzy's recent trip to rehab, maybe even closer to home than known.) The band even throws a few touchstones from the old days in when "Zeitgeist" pays homage to "Planet Caravan." Even with that obvious reference, "13" pounds and stomps like the monsters Black Sabbath were at the peak of their powers. The sense of dread and thrill of doom still permeate the best of the songs here, and - despite their age - the band doesn't sound like they are pandering to their past or trying to stay current.
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