Black Sabbath's first new album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die! has faced some roadblocks. First, original drummer Bill Ward announced he wasn't going to participate in the reunion until he was presented with a fair contract, then guitarist Tony Iommi announced he was undergoing treatment for cancer. It forced them to cancel the vast majority of their 2012 tour, and the work on the Rick Rubin-produced album was moved to England so Iommi could be near his doctors. His condition seems to have improved remarkably, and an April tour of Australia is already on the books.
What's less clear is the fate of the album, though odds are high it will come out sometime this year. Sadly, Ward has yet to reach a deal with the group, and it seems highly unlikely he'll play on the rec0rd. After all these years, fans hoped the metal greats would be able to come together one last time, but it doesn't seem like that will be the case.