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Black Sabbath Offer Taste of New Album With 'God Is Dead?'

Single comes with pre-orders of '13,' due out June 11th

Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.
Courtesy of Black Sabbath
April 19, 2013 10:40 AM ET

Black Sabbath are giving fans a taste of their new album, 13, by making first single "God Is Dead?" available for immediate download today with a pre-order of the album through iTunes. 

Ozzy Osbourne: 'I Have Been Drinking and Taking Drugs' for 18 Months

The heavy metal pioneers' first album in 35 years with Ozzy Osbourne is due June 11th. Black Sabbath will play another new track, "End of the Beginning" on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which airs May 15th. They've also booked four shows this summer in New Jersey, Toronto, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, Osbourne said that he has been sober for nearly a month and a half after taking drugs and drinking for the preceding 18 months. He apologized to his family, bandmates and fans for his behavior. "I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family," he wrote. 

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