The new Black Sabbath album entitled 13 is a pretty good album, but ultimately it falls short of what I expected.
Comparatively speaking, Heaven and Hell (the Dio fronted version of the band) was a much stronger showing than 13.
Surprisingly, the music (and not Ozzy’s voice) is what turns me off in spots. As much as I love Iommi and Butler, it is painfully obvious that old riffs and melodies were recycled or reworked for the album.
End of the Beginning, the first track, is essentially the song Black Sabbath.
The third song, Loner is basically NIB.
Track number four, Zeitgeist is eerily similar to Planet Caravan.
As a result of those jarring similarities, it’s actually hard for me to enjoy those songs at all (even the sections that are more original). And the second track called God is Dead? isn’t a very strong track either.
The album doesn’t really start for me until the fifth song, Age of Reason. The last four songs of the album as well as the three on the bonus disc manage to capture the old Black Sabbath with more original material. The two best songs, in my opinion, are linked below.
Also, I have to say that Ozzy’s voice sounds better than it has in years (close to form of the early 90s).
Damaged Soul - My favorite track and one I’ve listened to quite a bit. Love Iommi’s bluesy guitar work.
Age of Reason