Black Sabbath have announced details about the release of 13, available in June.

Sherman Oaks, CA (March 13, 2013) -- As the countdown for the June 11 arrival of Black Sabbath's 13 gets closer, starting today, 13 will be available for pre-order on a variety of formats via blacksabbath.com. Options include:

  • Standard CD album
  • Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
  • Vinyl: a 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
  • Super Deluxe Box Set: a Limited edition 12” clamshell box set which contains: Deluxe double CD album, 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve, Exclusive DVD containing “Black Sabbath--The Re-union” documentary, plus 5 behind-the-scenes videos, Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath, 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics.

In addition, anyone who pre-orders any of these formats via blacksabbath.com will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official 13 album launch event in London, including a meet and greet with the band, flights and accommodation Additional details and full terms and conditions on the contest can be found at blacksabbath.com.

13 was recorded primarily in Los Angeles and features the original Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass)--who were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.

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Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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