13 will be issued as a standard CD, a deluxe two-CD set featuring a disc of bonus recordings, a high-quality vinyl LP, and a limited-edition super deluxe box set. The latter package will come housed in a clamshell box and will include the two-CD collection, the LP, a DVD featuring a documentary titled Black Sabbath -- The Re-Union and five behind-the scenes clips, 13 photo prints of the group, handwritten lyrics and a downloadable card containing interviews with the band members discussing each new song.
Those pre-ordering the album will automatically be entered into a contest offering a trip to London to attend an official launch event for 13, as well as a meet-and-greet with Black Sabbath.
In other news, Black Sabbath has posted online a new behind-the-scenes video featuring the band's members and Rubin discussing the making of the album. In the clip, which was directed by singer Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, the veteran rockers and the renowned producer profess their admiration for each other.
"I've been a Black Sabbath fan my whole life," says Rubin, "and getting to come to work every day, and hearing Black Sabbath play, it stimulates something in me just like when I was 14 years old."
Ozzy, meanwhile, says of Rick, "He looks like a bit of a guru but he knows what he's looking for and when he's satisfied with what he's got.
Adds guitarist Tony Iommi, "I think [Rubin's] looking for a raw Sabbath and I think we're looking for that as well."
Sabbath kicks off a tour of New Zealand and Australia on April 20 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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