Black Sabbath‘s 2013 comeback album 13 was historic, but nearly a decade after its release, metal’s founders aren’t looking back. Most recent, Ozzy Osbourne has come out and said it “wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album” in an interview with Stereo gum.
Upon publication, 13 was an instant and overwhelming success as Sabbath scored their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and regained the top spot in the UK charts for the first time since the 1970s Paranoid. After all, it was the first time Ozzy had appeared on a new Black Sabbath studio album since 1978 Never say die and all the original members had joined, except the drummer Bill Wardwhose studio role was filled by instead Brad Wilk of Rage against the machine.
Ward’s absence, Osbourne tells Stereogum, was just one of a couple of sore points regarding 13.
When asked if he is comfortable with where 13 left things, Prince of Darkness admits, “Not really, because to be completely honest, I didn’t really get a charge from the album.”
“Though [producer] 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 wasn’t an earth-shattering experience for me,’ he continues.
And as for Sabbath’s future, if there is one at all, Osbourne states: “I’d like to say it’s completely done. I think it’s time. The only real regret, to be honest, is , that Bill Ward didn’t 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  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 [1972’s] Vol. 4 forth.”
Earlier this year also Geezer Butler gripped about Rubin’s methods as a producer, says Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk, “”Some of it I liked, some of it I didn’t particularly like. It was a strange experience, especially being asked to forget that you are a heavy metal band. That was the first [Rick] 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.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne’s recording career has been revitalized in recent years, thanks to the producer Andrew Wattwho also co-wrote Ozzy’s latest solo record, Ordinary man (2020) and the recently published, wide success Patient number 9.
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