It's been quite the week for the sudden revelation of super well-kept secrets: first David Bowie announces his first album in ten years, The Next Day, which will be released in March. Then on the weekend Black Sabbath announced that the drummer on their forthcoming album - titled 13 - is Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave's Brad Wilk. Wilk takes the place of Bill Ward, who is sitting out the reunion on the grounds of a contract dispute.
The album will be released in June, with the exact date yet to be determined. It'll be released on Vertigo worldwide and Vertigo/Republic in the USA.
Interestingly, it marks the band's return to Vertigo, their original label. Will the band play material from 13 when they play in New Zealand, Australia and Japan in April and May? Sabbath are remaining tight-lipped on that point at the moment. But they have promised to reveal additional touring plans in the coming months.
Of course, there are some fans who have voiced displeasure at the idea of a Sabbath reunion album without the venerable Ward. But personally, as a Sabbath fan who loves the band's Tony Martin-era albums (most of which included only Tony Iommi from the original line-up), the thought of three original Sabbath members playing together on an album and onstage is pure luxury.
Read Gibson.com's interview with Tony Martin here.