Black Sabbath have claimed their first UK number one album in 43 years.
'13' is an unlucky number - but then, Black Sabbath have always been about tempting fate, dealing with the darker side of existence. So it should come as no surprise to learn that the new album has become one of the band's most successful to date.
Released last week, '13' faced intense competition from Beady Eye and Queens Of The Stone Age. However Black Sabbath held their nerve, with the new album delivering their first UK number one in 43 years.
Yep, not since 1970's 'Paranoid' - released just before the first ever Glastonbury festival took place - have the metal giants gained a number one placing. "I'm in shock, the success of this album has blown me off my feet" commented Ozzy Osbourne. "We've never had a record climb the charts so fast."
Clash writer Sam Walker-Smart was quick to laud the merits of the album - read our review HERE.
Continuing, the frontman admitted that new material could yet emerge from the revitalised group. "I don't know either way. We're still reveling in coming back with this" he said. "There probably will be another album, but I don't want to promise anything to anyone. It took us long enough to do this, and we can't wait another 43 years to have another No 1. If it comes to pass we don't make another record, then I can rest easily knowing we finished things properly with 13".
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have unveiled another tour support for their upcoming European dates. Yep, it's none other than reclusive, skull shattering psych-drone types Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats who will accompany the metal giants at the following UK shows:
Black Sabbath have confirmed the following shows:
10 London O2 Arena
12 Belfast Odyssey Arena
14 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
16 Glasgow Hydro
18 Manchester Arena
20 Birmingham LG Arena
22 Birmingham National Indoor Arena