They’re back! After months of rumours and speculation the original Black Sabbath lineup have announced that they are reforming at will begin work on a new album before they embark on a world tour.

A press conference was held at iconic LA venue Whisky A Go-Go where the band made their American debut 41 years ago on the same day. The event was hosted by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins who has said that “Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written War Pigs.”

The band have also inked a new worldwide record deal with Vertigo, their original label and are said to be in the studio penning new material for a as-yet-untitled new album due around this time next year. It will mark their ninth studio album together and their first since 1978’s Never Say Die.

The new album will then be supported with a worldwide headline arena tour including some festival appearances in the UK. No word yet on where they may perform in Australia and whether it will be a headline tour or festival appearance.

Rumours of the reunion started in August when Iommi was quoted in an British newspaper saying “We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good, it’s more back to the old original stuff.” However when Iommi caught wind of the statement, which he made off the record, he was furious telling reporters “I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.”

But many we’re quick to point out that Iommi didn’t actually deny that Sabbath were getting back together, a rumour made stronger when bandmate Ozzy Osbourne got a little too excited in an interview blurting out “It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out.”

You can watch the official announcement video below.

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