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Black Sabbath Sobers Up for New Album

The heavy metal band records in a booze- and drug-free studio for the first time.

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By Ben Feuerherd

01/25/13

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At work on their first album together in 35 years, Ozzy Osbourne and the rest of Black Sabbath are staying clean and sober in the studio for the first time ever. The seminal heavy metal band responsible for anthems like "War Pigs," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," and "Paranoid," reunited in 2011, and are working on a new album tentatively called "13." Lead singer Ozzy recently talked about his long struggle with addiction, saying he's clean after bouncing in and out of rehab for years. "I have accepted I have a problem with drugs and alcohol," he said. "That's a big stepping stone, you know. I'm very lucky that I'm still alive and I'm also very lucky I can still put two words together." Bassist Geezer Butler says sobriety in the studio will make their upcoming album the most professional to date. "This is the first time we've done an album together sober," he tells Blabbermouth.net. "None of us have been drinking or doing drugs or anything, so it's been more professional in that way. And we've stuck to a schedule every day. We'd go in at one o'clock and finish at six, just to keep everything fresh." The band is scheduled to begin a world tour in April.

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