Heavy metal progenitors Black Sabbath have cast doubts on a follow-up to this year’s 13––their hugely successful 19th studio album, which debuted at number one in several countries and has garnered critical acclaim and several Grammy Award nominations for the legendary group.
Bassist Geezer Butler told Classic Rock Magazine, “To me, it’s been nicely rounded off now. If we did another album, it just wouldn’t have the same vibe… And with this one doing so well, the next one would have to be Number One everywhere too or people would see it as a failure.”
“Making 13 was such a great, memorable experience, so if that’s the final chapter, we’d have to be happy. We’ve not spoken about [another album]. I don’t know if it would be the right thing to do,” added guitarist Tony Iommi, saying he’d “probably have a heart attack” from expectation anxiety.
Meanwhile the band’s iconic frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, said that the length of time leading up to 13 meant another LP was unlikely: “We made promises about another album 15 or 20 years ago and it took this long for it to come out. I don’t think you’ll see another one in 20 years, put it that way.”