Black Sabbath Making Progress on New Album in Malibu Studio
Sabbath are working on the album at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, Calif. As previously reported, 15 songs have been recorded, and now bassist Geezer Butler revealed to SiriusXM's Jose Mangin that 12 will make the album, with the other three likely being used as bonus tracks for special editions.
Ozzy Osbourne is currently recording vocals with Rick Rubin. Butler is writing all the lyrics, and the two are working to complete the songs in five track increments. They are reportedly working on the first five now. One song title has been confirmed - 'God Is Dead.'
Guitarist Tony Iommi completed all 15 guitar tracks during the band's sessions in England earlier this year. As for Iommi's health, Ozzy told Mangin that he spoke to Iommi recently and he is in good spirits and recovery is coming along very well from his cancer treatments earlier this year.
Drummer Bill Ward has not been part of the Sabbath reunion because of a contract dispute, and it looks like he won't be. If the guitar tracks are done, most likely the drum tracks have been finished, as well, although the band has not confirmed that.
Snippets of Mangin's interview with Ozzy and Geezer will begin airing on Ozzy's Boneyard (SiriusXM channel 38) starting next week.