Black Sabbath Scrap Plans To Record Final Album

It appears Black Sabbath will be bowing out of the limelight with a mere 19 studio albums under their belt, now that plans to record their 20th and final LP have reportedly been scrapped.

A rep for Ozzy & co has confirmed to Rolling Stone that the heavy metal forefathers have abandoned plans to head in to the studio to record their swansong LP, in favour of focusing on their worldwide The End tour instead.

Ozzy had told Metal Hammer last September that Sabbath would be releasing one more record – the follow up 2013’s chart-topping 13 – which would most likely be produced by legend, Rick Rubin.

“[Tony Iommi’s] obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year,” the Prince Of Darkness said at the time. “I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or Los Angeles, but I’ll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to.”

But it seems that dream was not to be.

Speaking after his solo set at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest, Ozzy confirmed to the city’s Times-Picayune that Sabbath has decided not to do the LP, but didn’t explain why (we wouldn’t be surprised if they simply couldn’t afford it considering all the money they spent on cocaine in the early 70’s).

“It’s the end of Sabbath, believe me,” he said.

But it’s certainly not the end of Ozzy Osbourne. The metal master and bat arch-nemesis has announced that he’s working on a “really special” new album, which will represent something that he’s “never done before”.

Sabbath, meanwhile, recently announced the Australian leg of their upcoming final tour, with fans’ last chance to farewell the godfathers of heavy metal a devil horn salute in April of 2016.

Check out their full list of Aussie tour dates, below.

Gallery: Black Sabbath – Allphones Arena, Sydney 27/04/13 / Photos: Peter Coates

Black Sabbath The End Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates 2016

Friday, 15th April
Perth Arena, Perth
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Sunday, 17th April
Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
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Tuesday, 19th April
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
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Saturday, 23rd April
Allphones Arena, Sydney
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Monday, 25th April
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
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Thursday, 28th April
Vector Arena, Auckland
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Saturday, 30th April
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
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