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Black Sabbath Reveals Cover Art, First Guitar Riff From ’13’

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Last month, Black Sabbath announced that their long-awaited album ‘13‘ would be released on June 11. Today (April 4) they revealed the cover art, as well as a 27-second clip of the music within (embedded below).

Consequence of Sound has gotten the artwork, which is comprised of what appears to be branches engineered to form the number 13, on fire in the middle of a cloudy night, with bare trees visible in the distance. OK, so it’s not as thought-provoking as, say, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,’ but then again it’s not ‘Master of Reality,’ either.

The video that accompanies the announcement is a time-lapse camera trained on the wood as it is set ablaze. It’s hard to judge an entire album based on less than 30 seconds, but the song on the video has got us excited. It opens with a typically slammin’ Tony Iommi riff. Then, the unmistakable voice of Ozzy Osbourne sings, “Nowhere to run / Nowhere to hide,” before it fades out.

’13’ is the first studio album by Black Sabbath with Ozzy on lead vocals since 1978. Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine has taken over for founding member Bill Ward, who couldn’t come to a contractual agreement with the other members.

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