Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has today revealed the band will soon enter the studio to record their final ever album.
In an new interview with Metal Hammer, Osbourne said the decision to release one last album came in light of the success of their 2013 album, ’13.’ “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great,” he explained. “We all made friends, we didn’t f**k around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.”
He added: “Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t fucking 21 any more, if we’re going to do I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”
Osbourne went onto reveal the legendary band would begin working on the album with producer Rick Rubin early next year: “It’ll be sooner rather than later,” he asserted.
However, he was quick to add that guitarist Tony Iommi’s health would determine the actual time-frame of the album’s recording process: “Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or LA, but I’ll fly to the f**ing moon for it if I have to!”
The announcement comes as bit of surprise considering the last time Black Sabbath spoke about the prospect of another album with Classic Rock at the end of 2013, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were hesitant: “I don’t know if it would be the right thing to do,” Iommi admitted. “But who knows. The history of this band has taught me to never say never.”
Stay tuned as this story develops.