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Ozzy Osbourne Discusses the Inspiration Behind Black Sabbath’s New Single ‘God Is Dead?’

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Audiences are just getting familiar with ‘God Is Dead?,’ the epic track that was just released by Black Sabbath as the first single off their highly anticipated ’13’ album. Ozzy Osbourne took time out from Australia, where the band is preparing to tour, to call in to Zane Lowe’s BBC show to speak about the group’s album and he also dished about where the inspiration for the new single came from.

“How I got that title was I was in somebody’s office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, ‘God Is Dead,’ and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion,” explained Osbourne. “When you think about the tragedy that’s happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You’d think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, ‘Where is God? God is dead’ and it just hit me.”

While a simple look at the song title may inflame a few, it’s important to note that there’s a question mark at the end. Osbourne points out that the statement is more of a discussion with a ray of hope. He tells Lowe, “At the end of the thing, there’s still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don’t believe that God is dead. It’s just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center.”

The ’13’ album includes eight songs (plus an additional three for the deluxe edition), but Osbourne says that there is more material that could surface from the recording sessions. Speaking about the ease of their recording, he explained, “It flowed out of us. We actually wrote and recorded 16 songs and we had eight songs left over as a bonus thing, you know. It was like doing a double album. The songs really stand up, you know.”

To hear the full interview, click here and advance to the 44:30 mark. Black Sabbath’s ’13’ album is due June 11. Pre-orders are being taken here for the standard edition and here for the deluxe release, with a download of ‘God Is Dead?’ available immediately upon purchase.

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