The reformed Black Sabbath are likely to release a new album, with half an album of material already in the bag, according to the band’s bassist.
The metal behemoth’s defied history last year with the release of 13 – the first LP of new material to feature Ozzy Osbourne with bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi in 45 years.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the album was a shock hit, topping charts on both sides of Atlantic and picking up surprisingly positive reviews.
Now Butler has revealed there’s a wealth of leftover material from the sessions, and suggested that these songs could be released with more new material soon.
‘We’ve still got four tracks leftover from the album,’ he told Time Out, ‘so maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album.
‘If it’s right. We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.’
A large catalyst for the reunion album – which came after Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 – was guitarist Iommi being diagnosed with lymphoma.
However Butler signalled the guitarist has returned to full health, and hinted the band might consider ringing in a 50 year anniversary in 2018.
‘50 years? Well Tony is probably healthier than everybody else now, after all the stuff they’ve done to him,’ he said. ‘He’s really done well, he’s definitely in remission now.’
Asked if he had any regrets over the 45 year tenure of band – which he quit on three occasions – Butler replied: ‘You can’t have any regrets because that’s your life. You’re lucky to be alive anyway, and whatever life gives you, that’s your life. So no, I don’t have any regrets.’
Butler was talking to Time Out Dubai ahead of a concert at Abu Dhabi’s Du Arena on Thursday May 29. Read the full interview here.