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Is ’13’ This the End for Black Sabbath Albums?

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It took Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler 35 years to find their way back to the studio for an album together, and ’13’ is in my opinion, a great album. Unfortunately, it seems like the band’s their long-awaited reunion might mark the end of this version of Black Sabbath as a recording act.

Nobody’s calling it quits yet, but as the trio revealed in a recent interview with Revolver (via Blabbermouth), they haven’t even gotten around to discussing a potential follow-up to their reunion record, ‘13.’ “I really haven’t thought about it,” shrugged Butler. “I’m just glad that we made this one. It can’t be something where you go in and go, ‘Well, that one was No. 1, so let’s do another No. 1 album.’ I think we’ll know if we can do it or if we can’t. If we have to force it, then we won’t be doing it.”

As Iommi sees it, all the pent-up demand for a Sabbath reunion might have made ’13’ an impossible act to follow. “I don’t know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album,” he explained. “I’d like to, but we haven’t actually spoken about it, you know? I don’t know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one’s done so well. I’m sure we’d all like to do one. But I don’t know. Maybe I should talk to the others about it.”

For Osbourne, demurring from talk of a new album is a largely practical matter. “I don’t want to say there’s going to be another album, because I don’t want you to ask me in another year, ‘What happened when you said you were going to do another record?'” he pointed out. “I’ll leave it open. I’m open for anything. I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label. We’ll all still be doing music. It’s been a lot of fun doing it with Black Sabbath, and I’m not sorry at all for getting back together.”

And for those who wonder whether reuniting with Sabbath contributed to his highly publicized recent relapse, Osbourne emphatically refuses to lay the blame on the band. “It wasn’t Black Sabbath,” he told Revolver. “I’m an alcoholic. It’s my disease. If I don’t go to these AA meetings, I tell myself, You can have a line of that. You can smoke that or whatever. Next thing you know, I’m f—ing on my own somewhere in L.A. I don’t know why. I’m my own worst enemy. The idea of having one drink or one joint or one line of coke or whatever, my whole f—ing life caves in. It’s a bad thing. I haven’t drunk now for maybe nine months.”

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