Black Sabbath's '13' review: Black is back!

This CD cover image of "13," the latest

This CD cover image of "13," the latest release by Black Sabbath. (Credit: AP )

The biggest surprise on "13" (Universal Republic), the first Black Sabbath album in 35 years, isn't how good singer Ozzy Osbourne sounds with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. It's how good the three heavy-metal pioneers sound with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, who replaced Bill Ward after a contract dispute, with the help of producer Rick Rubin. Together, they make the epic "God Is Dead?" sound as fresh as any of the countless bands inspired by Sabbath over the years, as well as poundingly true to the band's legendary heyday. This is the rare reunion that's as strong as the original.


BLACK SABBATH

"13"

GRADE B+

BOTTOM LINE Metal legends find new swagger

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