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
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
"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.