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Metal legends Black Sabbath continue the build up for their new album 13 on tour

Black Sabbath 2013

Last week Black Sabbath debuted the first new song from their forthcoming album 13, “God Is Dead?“. It was a return to the heady days of fat Tony Iommi riffs and Ozzy Osbourne’s iconic vocals, and for a band that’s been away for nearly two decades, it’s a pretty good track.

Now there’s been a live recording of “The End Of The Beginning” that has made its way online. It’s 13‘s first track, and this has come about three weeks before the studio version is due to be aired on a new episode of CSI: Miami. It was recorded on Saturday at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, and it seems from the setlist floating around that this and “God Is Dead?” are the only two new songs they’re playing at the moment. Hardly surprising; on a world reunion tour, most people are going to want mostly classics so, you know, there’s “War Pigs” and “Iron Man” too.

Anyway, check it out:

I have to say…I’m not impressed. I’m not a fan of big arena shows as it is – any venue bigger than about 4000 capacity and the sound quality tends to go out of the window – so maybe it’s that plus the quality of the recording, but even the song drags a bit.

I’m still looking forward to listening to the whole thing, but I can’t say this has fuelled any particular excitement.

Nevertheless, 13 is due out on June 11th through Vertigo/Universal, with all sorts of shows worldwide

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