Forty-three years ago, Black Sabbath released its debut self-titled album, a collection of songs inspired by occult themes and powered by heavy-metal guitar riffs.
Now, three of the original band members — singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler — and drummer Brad Wilk, of Rage Against the Machine, are releasing a new album, “13,” and planning to tour the world to promote it.
“I never thought we’d still be going strong in 2013,” said Osbourne, whose solo career and well-publicized battles with drug and alcohol addiction led to friction with other members of Black Sabbath. “But it’s great to be back together again.”
“13,” the original band’s first studio album since 1978, was released Tuesday. A tour is scheduled to begin this summer in the United States, including a stop at Virginia’s Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 2.