Black Sabbath | The 1975 | The Selecter | Cafe Society Swing | Classical & opera highlights 2014 Black Sabbath, Birmingham Christmas isn't really a Black Sabbath time of year, what with their general misanthropy and all those references to depression, war and everything. Still, if you're a heavy rock fan, this year's re-formation of the original lineup of the band (or as close as you can get without heavy-swinging drummer Bill Ward being involved) is the best gift you're ever likely to receive. Made with that master of the Lazarene resurrection Rick Rubin, the band's new album 13 stuck closely to the downtuned guitar/lone-shooter-in-a-rainstorm vibe of their first five records. Here, though, you can expect something a bit more familiar. Ozzy Osbourne, in fine voice and invariably covered in water; the lithe rumble of Geezer Butler; the extraordinary riffs and solos of Tony Iommi. At ... FULL ARTICLE AT The Observer
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