One of the most shocking moments of 2012 came when drummer Bill Ward publicly withdrew from Black Sabbath’s reunion plans, including both in the studio and on tour. It was assumed that Sabbath would be recording the new album with Tommy Clufetos, who filled in for Ward onstage last year. As it turns out, though, the reunited metal icons recruited someone else to record drums: Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk.
It was officially announced today that Brad Wilk (also of Audioslave) recorded drums for Sabbath’s first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in roughly 35 years. It’s also been confirmed that the album, produced by Rick Rubin, will be titled 13 and is due out this June (an exact date is still pending) via Vertigo/Universal. As we all know, Black Sabbath’s new album has had its setbacks, both with Ward’s departure and Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. So it’s exciting to hear that we’ll finally get to hear new material from the metal icons soon, let alone that it’ll feature Wilk. Now if only the drummer could properly reunite and record a new album with his band.