Hungarian extreme metallers EKTOMORF will release their new album, “Retribution”, on January 31, 2014 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2012’s “Black Flag” is described in a press release as a “first-class fist-in-your-face album, displaying heavy grooves and sheer power in the best of ways. Refining and bringing things to perfection was the goal, and this has been achieved impressively.”
According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Ozzy Osbourne‘s son Jack is the brains behind the behind-the-scenes video (see below) that takes viewers into the studio for a glimpse of the making of BLACK SABBATH‘s new album, “13”. All three original members — singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler — seem enthusiastic about finally working together again after 35 years, with Iommi saying about the album, “You can’t always repeat what you’ve done, you’ve just got to go on. It’ll be today’s version of how it was 40 years ago, I suppose.”
Ozzy has consistently said over the years that any new SABBATH project had to live up to the standards of the band’s early, classic records. “If I had an album which blew ‘Master Of Reality’ off the map, I’d be crazy not to do it,” he said, according to The Pulse Of Radio. “I don’t want to put an album out, just for the sake of us four being on an album.”
Elsewhere in the video, Ozzy says, “This BLACK SABBATH album is quite possibly the most important album of my career,” while Butler adds, “We’ll probably all be dead soon, so while we still can play and sing, then we’ve got to do it.”
The three originals are joined on the album by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, who may or may not tour with them as well. Founding drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion over a contractual dispute.
“13” is expected out this June, with a North American tour to follow in July and August.
Jack found fame through his family’s MTV reality show “The Osbournes” and has since appeared in several other TV programs. In 2011 he produced a documentary about his father called “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” which, according to The Telegraph, contained admissions from the singer’s five children that Ozzy was not a good father in their younger years, and that their abiding memories were of him hopelessly intoxicated, or, more usually, absent altogether.