BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne recently reflected on the making of the band’s final album, “13”
“13” arrived to much acclaim back in 2013 as it was the first BLACK SABBATH album to feature Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in 35 years.
When asked by Stereogum if he still feels good about ending BLACK SABBATH‘s studio recordings things with “13”, he responded: “Not really, because, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really get a charge from the album. Although [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 wasn’t a glorious period. Though Geezer [Butler, BLACK SABBATH bassist] did a lot of lyric writing for me, which he’s very, very good at. It wasn’t an earth-shattering experience for me.”
When asked if BLACK SABBATH is “totally done”, Ozzy replied: “I would like to say it’s completely done. I think it’s time. The only thing I really regret, to be honest, is that Bill Ward [original BLACK SABBATH drummer] didn’t play on the [‘13‘] album. It wasn’t really a BLACK SABBATH album. I’m not saying that one day we might not all go in a room and come up with the perfect BLACK SABBATH album. But I’ll say, [’13‘] wasn’t recorded the way BLACK SABBATH recorded records. We’d gone right back past the point where we took charge, back to when someone else had full control of our recording. Which we never did from ‘Vol. 4‘ onwards.”
Bill Ward announced back in May 2012 that he would not be joining his former BLACK SABBATH bandmates for their scheduled tour dates, as well as the recording of the new album, due to a contractual dispute. The drums on “13” were played by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk.