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13 [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.96 x 5.51 x 0.39 inches; 3.32 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Republic
- Item model number : 26922677
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : March 14, 2013
- Label : Republic
- ASIN : B00BTHWFBK
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,566 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If you love real Sabbath, you will love this one. If you have the first 8 Sabbath records, you must put this one next to them.
This is quintessential Sabbath!
35 years of separation don't show except Ozzy's more mature voice and, sadly, no Bill Ward.
To fully appreciate what a gem this recording is, you might want to listen to their self-titled debut record in 1970. That album put me under their spell and I've waited decades for the boys to crank out another, and here it is.
From the outset of "13," the boys make it clear they are going back to the beginning, as the first song says.
A: the first song is set to the melody of the song "Black Sabbath." The vocals seem to continue the meeting with Satan but with a techno-twist.
B: "Loner" sounds exactly like a continuation of "Johnny Blade" from the record "Never Say Die."
C: Zeitgeist has a melody like "Planet Caravan" on their record "Paranoid." The vocals are like a trip back to "Solitude," and "Into the Void" both on the record "Master of Reality."
D: "Damaged Soul" gets bluesy like their debut record gave us; Ozzy even plays the harmonica in it. There are so many songs that come to mind when I listen to this one.
I hope someone else posts what correlations they find.
If you're looking for a recording packed with radio hits, you will be disappointed. This is not an over-the-top radio-babies. This is Sabbath back at its roots.
If you love their self-titled debut, "Master of Reality," you will appreciate the band's deep, grinding, wall of sound.
If you love the band's darker side, this recording is a dream come true. They come straight out as the masters of darkness again.
Now for what this recording is not: there are no songs about missing each other, or happy to be reunited, or making a spectacle of their separation and reuniting for a full-length recording. There is no crying over wasted time, no A.A. confession songs, no love songs to Sharon, no tree-hugging, no "I'm changing my evil ways" songs.
This recording is like another day at the office, picking up where they left off, and just moving forward. It's metal the way they invented it.
I want more! Feed me more, Seymour!
I don't generally review content in these product reviews just the quality of the material.
But in this case the guys in Black Sabbath went on diets and took on this project with some sobriety. I was impressed. The lyrics somewhat lacked in traditional spookiness. But hey, as they get closer to their final curtain maybe they are more existentially respectful.
The album was on quiet well-pressed vinyl. And you can enjoy looking at the gatefold and pictures while you listen. It's a really good headphone album.
Super unfortunate Bill opted out on this great project; but Sabbath's guest drummer performed fantastically.
I do not own the CD so I can't compare the two formats.
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I was worried that this might be a car crash (guys in their sixties trying to make an album that sounds like the material they did in their 20s concerned me), but I was quite hopeful when I heard they had teamed up with Rick Rubin to produce it. Rick's done a fine job of producing Slayer over the years and has had a hand in helping to keep them relevant so for me he was the best choice.
It sounds like Sabbath from the seventies, yet at the same time sounds very current and relevant; a gorgeous mix of metal, blues and those sounds that went on to influence the Stoner rock / Doom Metal genres.
Everyone performing on this album is in top form and it manages to sound fresh but familiar, and is not the slightest bit cynical or tired sounding. A very enjoyable album; for me the whole album says to metal bands of the past 20 years "we were doing this before you were born mate, get out of the way!".
The music is great. Heavy, dark, with great variety of pace and moods.
The lyrics are really good too. Ozzy has been through a lot and he lets you experience life you wish you'll never live.
Geezer is one of best bass players around.
Somebody said in one of the reviews that the drums are out of this world. And as I listened to the album again and again, I agree. It's a subtle brilliance. And the most amazing thing is how well it blends into the music.
I'd give this 4.5/5. Why not 5? The track Loner is for me the weak link on the album. Overall, great album though.
I have been listening to the Sabbs sinse the late 70's and therefore maybe prone to bias in their favour.
Its got everything you could want from a sabbath album.
But if you are expecting it to resemble 'Master of reality' or 'Sabbath Bloody sabbath' or 'Paranoid' or the stunning 'Heaven and hell' or 'Mob Rules' then you may find you will need to listen to this with a fresh set of ears and you will need to get rid of any preconceived ideas of what you think it should sound like or what you would like it to resemble, because it won't.
Its a completely new sound and dare I say it, could have done with a fair bit more utter doom , gloom and despondency.
But that's just me.
I cannot say it is the best Black sabbath album ever made. Because they all are, in their own right.
Its nearly magnificent. It brings a smile to my face. It reminds me of days gone by (which is no bad thing).
It reinforces just how good Tony and Geezer are. I'll admit that Ozzy was better than I thought he'd be.
Credit to the drummer. Difficult seat to fill, but, much though it pains me to say, Bill is now past it.
It plods a little in certain places, but when we hit a typical Sabbath "gear change", as in God is Dead, who can't smile and rock?
Is it a good way to sign off for The Godfathers of heavy rock, to whom we owe so much? Yes it is.
And thats enough for you to go and get it if you haven't already done so, and enjoy one of the greatest comebacks since Lazarus. (Eternal thanks to Sid Waddell).