Photo by Jesper Hedlund

Photo by Jesper Hedlund

Heavy metal forerunners Black Sabbath are packing things in with one last tour later this year. This decision isn’t particularly surprising, considering lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne is closely eying a return into the fold as a solo artist, however what fans may not have been expecting is some form of new material to accompany Sabbath’s upcoming trek.

‘The End’ will be a tour exclusive EP from the metal veterans that won’t find it’s way onto the shelves; the only way to purchase your own copy (without grabbing one second-hand online) will be to head over to the merch booth during Black Sabbath’s final tour. The CD includes four studio outtakes from Sabbath’s sessions for the 2013 comeback album ’13,’ as well as four live songs recorded over the course of the band’s tour in support of said reunion effort.

The new songs are titled “Season of the Dead,” “Cry All Night,” “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man,” which have been paired on this track listing with renditions of such songs as “End of the Beginning” and “Age of Reason” off of the ’13’ album. From that perspective, it’s a fond compilation of the latest and potentially last new music that fans will hear from this lineup of Black Sabbath.

Performing on all eight tracks are the remaining core of Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler from the original Black Sabbath lineup. The four studio songs also include drummer Brad Wilk, whereas the four live tracks feature Osbourne’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Black Sabbath’s final tour is set to begin on January 20 with a performance in Omaha, NE. The stretch of the tour will show the members of Black Sabbath performing in Australia, New Zealand and Europe before returning to North America in August. Support throughout the entirety of Black Sabbath’s final tour will be provided by Rival Sons.

Black Sabbath ‘The End’ Track Listing:

1. Season of the Dead
2. Cry All Night
3. Take Me Home
4. Isolated Man
5. God is Dead? (Live Sydney, Australia 4/27/13)
6. Under the Sun (Live Auckland, New Zealand 4/20/13)
7. End of the Beginning (Live Hamilton, ON Canada 4/11/14)
8. Age of Reason (Live Hamilton, ON Canada 4/11/14)


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