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Geezer Butler Discusses New Album

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Discusses New Album -

Black Sabbath bassist and songwriter Geezer Butler recently spoke with 96.7 KCAL Rocks about the heavy metal pioneers upcoming album, their first in over 30 years.

The scheduled release for the new album '13,' which is being produced by Rick Rubin, will be sometime in June 2013.

Here's what the Birmingham bass legend had to say on the band's well overdue follow up to 1978's 'Never Say Die,'

"Well, it was sort of a temporary name, that we had something to refer to the album as, and I think it kind of stuck," Butler says, explaining how the album's name came about.

"But I don't know whether that's going to be the final title or not. Originally we were gonna put 13 tracks on the album. We ended up doing 16 tracks, so I'm not sure what's gonna be on the album and what isn't."

"This is the first time we've done an album together sober," said Geezer whilst comparing the recording process of this album to previous.

"None of us have been drinking or doing drugs or anything, so it's been more professional in that way. And we've stuck to a schedule every day, we'd go in at one o'clock and finish at six, just to keep everything fresh."

"It's sort of got the feel of the first three albums... back to the basic rawness," he adds. "And the lyrics are very - they're just about life. Life and death and doom and everything else. You get Prozac with each album."

As original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion, the band enlisted Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk for the project.

"That was [producer] Rick Rubin's idea," says Butler. "

"Cause he wanted to have… He didn't want a typical heavy metal drummer on the album, 'cause it's not really a heavy metal album; it's more of a rock… heavy rock. And Rick Rubin suggested having Brad, 'cause he's more in the vein of Bill Ward. So we jammed with him and he sounded great with the stuff, so we went with that … It's sort of back to the way we used to be in the '70s; that's his feel - sort of a jazzy, bluesy feel to him, and that's the way the music is now. It was great working with him."

However whether or not Wilk will tour with Sabbath when they head out is still undecided.




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