“We’ve written 15 songs and we’ve played them all,” commented guitarist Tony Iommi in a recent interview. But now, at the moment, we’re recording them. We recorded them at my house first, in England, just as demos, but now we’re doing them for real. So we’re about six tracks in now, at the moment.”
Sabbath played a triumphant homecoming show in Birmingham last year as well as closing a stunningDownload 2012, and have confirmed shows in Australia and Japan so far for 2013. The new album – produced by perennial Top Ten Bears In Metal inductee Rick Rubin – should see a release later this year. As it stands, the album will still not feature any contribution from drummer Bill Ward, who decided to sit out the reunion amidst contractual issues.