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Hear Black Sabbath’s Nine-Minute Dirge Epic ‘God Is Dead?’

Metal pioneers return with an awesome new single

picture-18927-1372868491Jordan Sargent // April 18, 2013

This June, Black Sabbath will release their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, and today they dropped the project’s first single, the nearly nine-minute new single “God is Dead?” Despite Ozzy’s current public persona as a bumbling zombie, he sounds absolutely fantastic on the track, wailing about God as if it’s still the mid-’70s. The song was produced by Rick Rubin — who is helming the new album — and features drumming from Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk.

The band will premiere the album’s next single — titled “The End is the Beginning” — on the May 15 season finale of CSI. Characters on the show will attend a Black Sabbath concert, where the band will then perform the song. Sounds bizarre, but then again, this is Ozzy Osbourne.