Finally we can listen to the first track Black Sabbath have released off their forthcoming, and highly anticipated album ‘13′.
‘God Is Dead?’ is grounded in familiar enough Sabbath territory, but not so mundane it is a poor rehash of former glory. These 10 minutes totally prove why these indestructible titans can still be called collectively the greatest metal band ever. Tony’s simplistic and innovative guitar riffs will make all guitarist think ‘why can’t I write something like that?!’. Geezer’s thunderous bass storms through magnificently, it’s good to actually hear the bass in a metal song nowadays. Brad Wilk’s talents are applied magically as he beats his way eloquently and violently through this song. Ozzy’s vocals are of course a warming feel to such dooming music, despite him still releasing albums now there’s nothing quite like this mix.
Sadly there is no true new ground broken here musically but it is a positive look on what is to be heard come release day. The song builds up from it’s somber guitar intro into bigger and fuller choruses before breaking down into a jumpy middle section that will no doubt he a highlight when the band perform it live. Finally ending with the tempo lessened into a sludge breakdown, if you don’t find yourself headbanging you must physically not be able to. A modest excerpt from what now looks to be a monolithic album.
Things are looking bright in the depths of Hell. Satan smiles at his children’s great work.
Verdict – 4/5 stars
Black Sabbath ’13’ Album Release Date – June 2013