Black Sabbath
13


3.5
great

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (17 Reviews)
June 4th, 2013 | 45 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A monstrous journey full of doom, sludge, psychedelic and bluesy prog-rock.

Black Sabbath’s birth is one remarkable event in heavy metal history. Their vision of doom, sludge and sometimes psychedelic created the soil on which many bands stand today. A few hits and several misses later, the juggernaut act led by Ozzy was shelved in the aftermath of “Forbidden”, their most disappointing material to date. Decades later, the announcement of their reunion received some mixed criticism. Ozzy Osbourne was seen as washed out, done and dusted, bound to release average upon average hard rock albums until his inevitable retirement.

Shockingly, 13 is a monstrous journey full of doom, sludge, psychedelic and bluesy prog-rock. The album revisits and recaptures the glory days. Simply put, there is some real quality filth in here.

The second half of the album is its strong point. “God is Dead?” and the intro song are exaggeratingly long with less quality content to account for. All the rest are complete opposites. Juggernauts like “End of the Beginning” and “Age of Reason” enjoy various time shifts, enough to make them enjoyable as they pass the 7 minute mark. "Zeitgeist" unmistakably borrows from Planet Caravan with distorted vocals singing over the bluesy and trippy instrumentals after Iommi pulls out a jazzy solo.

The production is rugged. Rick Rubin is hated by many, but he did a fine job with this record, showcasing a dry and meaty doom sound. Ozzy’s vocals are sometimes irritating, and his lyrics are far from what they used to be, but the music makes up for that downside.

The circle is complete with "Dear Father" ending with the sound of rain pouring down, just like their very first album began. And looking past the lyrical hiccups and sometimes irritating vocals, 13 is Black Sabbath’s closest thing to a damn good record in years. Some may argue this reunion was not necessary, but after the slump of “Forbidden”, this album was a must. It’s Sabbath’s swan song and illustrates a modern take on the band's glorious legacy.



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FCY
June 4th 2013


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, unexpectedly impressive comeback. Really not a fan of Ozzy's vocals though.

Piglet
June 4th 2013


4665 Comments


ozzy sounded good live, i was surprised he was hitting some of the notes

tommygun
June 4th 2013


25425 Comments


same

BigPleb
June 4th 2013


38005 Comments


Almost finished, its great so far.

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Greeny86
June 4th 2013


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album! Was not expecting such quality. Loner rules

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zaruyache
June 4th 2013


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BLACK SABBATH RETURNS.

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MortalKombat
June 4th 2013


138 Comments


Review reads like a Rolling Stone album review and not in a good way

FCY
June 4th 2013


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Like how exactly?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2013


6344 Comments


Listening to the stream right now, the album is delicious.

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Jeffrulesyou
June 4th 2013


209 Comments


Really digging this, been jamming all day. Favorite track so far is Age of Reason.

Iommianity
June 4th 2013


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

At this point, if you're walking in thinking you'll subtract points for Ozzy's vocals, why even bother? If what he says is true, and he didn't use any studio trickery on this album or resort to recording it line by line, these are probably his best vocals ever. Might not be saying much, but it's worth a point in their favour imo.

The best moments on this album are after Zeitgeist, and surprisingly, they're the ones that sound fresh for Sabbath. I was expecting a retread since Rick Rubin is a fanboy without a lot of practical ideas, but Age of Reason actually has me excited for new and original Sabbath material.

facupm
June 4th 2013


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

iommi is the man

zaruyache
June 4th 2013


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude riffs harder than anyone even without some of the joints on his fingers. m/

SabertoothMonocle
June 5th 2013


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LONER

SabertoothMonocle
June 5th 2013


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is absuuuurdly satisfying. At 26 years of age, I am finally experiencing... a wave of New Sabbath... but I wish Bill Ward was on here. Brad Wilk knows his role, and he's legendary in his own right. I'm very impressed with this.

JesseMechanix
June 6th 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Ozzy’s vocals are sometimes irritating, and his lyrics are far from what they used to be" - I thought Geezer Butler wrote all the lyrics here. Anyway, good review. Really like the album (streaming on iTunes), can't wait to pick it up.

Nrap
June 8th 2013


160 Comments


pleasantly surprised.
but rick rubin has got to stop smashing music.
im so tired of his clippy bullshit

facupm
June 9th 2013


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But its enjoyable anyway

Titan
June 9th 2013


5882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree with both comments ^^

JesusV4
June 10th 2013


391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Geezer wrote the lyrics, as he always has (save for the Dio albums). Good review though. Especially agree w the conclusion paragraph. Well said.



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