Ozzy Osbourne Says ’13’ ‘Wasn’t Really a Black Sabbath Album’

Ozzy Osbourne has expressed his disappointment in Black Sabbathlast album, 13.

“To be completely honest, I didn’t really get a charge from the album,” Osbourne admitted during an interview with Stereo gum. “Though Rick Rubin is a good friend of mine, I wasn’t really… I was just singing. It was like stepping back in time, but it was not a glorious period. Though Jeez [Butler] wrote a lot of lyrics for me, which he is very, very good at. It was not a worldwide experience for me.”

The 2013 LP was Black Sabbath’s first studio album in 18 years, and Osbourne’s first since the 1978s Never say die! Though 13 was a commercial success, it is clear that the band was less than enthusiastic about its creation. Ozzy’s sentiments on the LP mirror those of Butler, who previously criticized Rubin’s involvement in the 13.

“It was a strange experience, especially being told to forget you’re a heavy metal band,” the bassist explained during an interview with SiriusXM earlier this year. “That was the first [that Rubin] said to us. He played us our very first album and he said, “Throw your mind back to when there was no such thing as heavy metal or anything like that and pretend it’s the follow-up album to that” – which is a ridiculous thing to think.”

Despite several band members admitting disappointment 13Ozzy has little interest in creating another album with Sabbath.

“I would like to say that it is completely finished,” the Prince of Darkness told Stereo gum. “I think it’s time. The only real regret, to be honest, is that Bill Ward did not play on the album. It wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album. I’m not saying that one day we might not all go into a room and come up with the perfect Black Sabbath album. But I will say [13] were not recorded as Black Sabbath recorded records. We had gone right back past the point where we took charge, back to when someone else was in full control of our recording. Which we never did Vol. 4 forth.”

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