The End (Black Sabbath EP)

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The End
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Released20 January 2016
Recorded2012–2014
StudioShangri La Studios (tracks 1–4)
(Malibu, California) [1]
Genre Heavy metal
Length55:08
Label BS Productions Limited
Producer Rick Rubin (tracks 1–4)
Black Sabbath chronology
13
(2013)
The End
(2016)

The End is an extended play by English rock band Black Sabbath, and is their final release as a band. It was released on 20 January 2016. The exclusive, limited-edition CD was only available for purchase at tour dates for their final tour The End Tour. [2] [3] The first half of the album is leftover tracks from the 13 sessions, and the second half is live tracks recorded on tour between 2013 and 2014.

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Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Contents

Background

The band recorded tracks at Shangri La Studios in Malibu with producer Rick Rubin during the sessions for 13, their 19th album. While Sabbath had been planning a follow-up to 13, the album was ultimately scrapped. Guitarist Tony Iommi had written "a whole load of riffs" for the abandoned LP, but "Geezer (Butler) didn't particularly want to do another album" Iommi said of the bassist. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne also voiced not wanting to record another album saying "If we were to do an album before the tour, it would take three or four years to complete the album." [4]

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. He currently serves as bassist of Deadland Ritual.

Release

The EP was intended to be promoted with The End Tour, being only available for purchase at live dates. Cover art for the disc was created by OBEY founder and artist Shepard Fairey. [5] The End was placed at number 20 on Rolling Stone's top metal albums of 2016. [6]

The End Tour

The End Tour was the farewell tour of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featuring founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The tour concluded Sabbath's 40+ year career. The final show was 4 February 2017, in their home city of Birmingham, UK.

Obey Clothing is a popular clothing producing company founded in 2001 by street artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey as an extension to his work in activism.

Shepard Fairey American contemporary street artist, graphic designer activist and illustrator

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Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Season of the Dead"7:22
2."Cry All Night"6:58
3."Take Me Home"4:57
4."Isolated Man"5:31
5."God Is Dead?" (Live in Sydney, Australia on 27 April 2013)9:49
6."Under the Sun" (Live in Auckland, New Zealand on 20 April 2013)4:36
7."End of the Beginning" (Live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 11 April 2014)8:09
8."Age of Reason" (Live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 11 April 2014)7:46
Total length:55:08

Personnel

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

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Additional musicians

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Tommy Clufetos American musician

Tommy Clufetos is an American session drummer most noted for his work with Black Sabbath during their Black Sabbath Reunion Tour, which highlighted their new album 13. He also toured with them on their final tour. He is also the drummer for Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

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