Black Sabbath - 13
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2013 Ratings: #460 / 1035
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2013 Ratings: #369
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June 11, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo, Universal / Label
Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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The influence of early Sabbath has become so omnipresent that it's come back to influence its very creators 40 years later, but the results are unexpectedly brilliant, apocalyptic, and essential for any die-hard metal fan.


43 years after the release of that monumental first record, I believe Black Sabbath is very much alive.

Drowned in Sound

13 does what you’d expect it to, no more, no less. It doesn’t break new ground, it doesn’t have the impact of Sabbath’s early work (how could it?), but nor does it tarnish the band’s legacy. 


That 13 isn't an out-of-touch embarrassment is a surprise. That it's cohesive, engaging, and even fun is a near-shock.


This is Sabbath of the melodramatic ‘Iron Man’ variety, and Ozzy is in shockingly decent voice, amping up the drama with couplets worthy of Noel Gallagher.

Consequence of Sound

Given all the distractions surrounding the record’s release, it’s shocking how well everything fits together. For a record 13 years in the making, 13 is worth the wait.


Even though it's still not as good as their other releases, it's a sendoff that I'll take for Black Sabbath. Most tracks here go on for way too long, leaving the listening experience to be dull and boring, but hey, Ozzy's back with his brilliant songwriting, and the band seems to be in the best terms. I'll take it.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: Zeitgeist, Pariah
LEAST FAV: Methademic
The final release in such a legendary career. 13 is the final album from Black Sabbath, and the first one in 35 years to include most of the original line-up. The only difference here is that Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine is the drummer here. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are all here, and it feels good to hear these guys go back to the way it was originally.

I can definitely understand why some people wouldn't like this album. This is far from Ozzy's best lyrical work. ... read more
Legendary fathers of metal, Black Sabbath has returned for what is most likely an epic conclusion to the band, with their 19th album, 13. Not only is this their first record since, 1995, 13 also sees Black Sabbath finally reuniting with Ozzy Osbourne. I was a bit worried going into this though, because Black Sabbath has been around for so long, and the '90s weren't exactly the band's strongest era. I was however, surprised to find out how solid this album actually was, and how it wasn't too far ... read more
A very good closing album which sees Black Sabbath going back to the roots with Ozzy Osbourne returning to the last album of one of the godfathers of metal.

Track Review

End Of The Beginning 7.5/10
God Is Dead? 7/10
Loner 8/10
Zeitgeist 7/10
Age Of Reason 7.5/10
Live Forever 7.5/10
Damaged Soul 7/10
Dear Father 7/10
Methademic 7.5/10
Peace Of Mind 7.5/10
Pariah 8/10

Average: 7.4/10
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Track List

  1. End Of The Beginning
  2. God Is Dead?
  3. Loner 
  4. Zeitgeist
  5. Age Of Reason
  6. Live Forever
  7. Damaged Soul
  8. Dear Father
  9. Methademic
  10. Peace Of Mind 
  11. Pariah
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Added on: March 13, 2013