Whether or not the members of Black Sabbath would remain active as a collective has been questioned by the band’s fan base, which was only further exaggerated by contradicting statements from the group. Ozzy Osbourne appeared to be the most excited about the potential of another Black Sabbath studio album, whereas Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi were unclear about the possibility of recording a follow-up to 2013′s ’13,’ while also noting the chemistry and potential was evident between them.
The one seemingly impossible notion which dedicated fans continue to cling onto is to have their favorite musicians deliver a monumental return-to-form worthy of their expansive legacy. The rock and metal community has had it’s fair share throughout the past decade, during which we have seen several heavyweight artists arise from the ashes and remind everyone of why they were important in the first place.
The possibility of Bill Ward one day rejoining Black Sabbath for an extended period is not completely out of the question, at least according to Tony Iommi. In a recent interview with Canadian web publication The Coast, the renowned guitarist addressed the unclear reason as to why Ward backed out of rejoining the lineup back in November 2011.
Throughout the course of rock history there have been countless splits, memorable exitings, cringe-worthy breakups and long lasting feuds. When the members of notable groups such as Boston, Queen and Van Halen stepped away from their founding positions within their respective bands, it wasn’t uncommon for these same members to go on and form new projects of their own.
Studio albums featuring the original Black Sabbath lineup, which includes lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward, were recently made available digitally for the first time in the United States via iTunes. Fans now have the opportunity to purchase the group’s first eight studio albums, two classic compilations, or the entire classic catalog in one bundle, appropriately titled ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978.’
In between writing new material for Black Sabbath’s critically acclaimed comeback album ’13′ and a rigorous touring schedule which has sent the renowned heavy metal group across the world, Tony Iommi has been receiving regular injections of antibodies every six weeks as medical treatment for lymphoma.
Glenn Hughes first broke out onto the music scene as part of the UK bands Finders Keepers and Trapeze in the 1970s, before going on to man the bass and microphone for Deep Purple. Hughes less famously had a brief stint as the front man for Black Sabbath, worked with guitarist Tony Iommi in the beginnings of his solo career, and most recently starred in the super groups Black Country Communion and Kings of Chaos.
This year has had some miraculous comebacks and regularly standout albums from an impressive list of renowned rock and metal artists. Some of these groups went the extra mile, and instead of just issuing a simple lyric video for their lead single (or in some cases, nothing at all!), bands brought humor, nostalgic appeal and pride to create some enjoyable music videos.
2013 has had more than it’s share of memorable comebacks, surprising return-to-forms and well welcomed collaborations. From a Nirvana reunion featuring Paul McCartney on lead vocals, to the return of Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne back at the helm, it’s been a great year for the metal music world. Without any further hesitation, we now present our list of The Best Metal Songs of 2013.
‘Live… Gathered in Their Masses’ has proven to be a live effort worthy of the Black Sabbath name. Between its fan favorite set list to the masterful performance provided by all members within the lineup, it is one of those releases to which we should celebrate by, earning it a proud home in our own personal collections.