The End (Black Sabbath EP)

The End
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EP by
Released20 January 2016
Recorded2012–2014
StudioShangri La Studios (tracks 1–4)
(Malibu, California)[1]
GenreHeavy metal
Length55:08
LabelBS Productions Limited
ProducerRick 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.

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]