Friedrich Nietzsche declared that God is dead-but Black Sabbath isn't so sure. That's the tact, at least, on "God Is Dead?," the first release from the group's forthcoming 13, which reunites Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. (Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk is sitting in for drummer Bill Ward.) The question mark makes all the difference to the nine-minute epic, a prototypical Sabbath doom anthem propelled by Iommi's descending guitar chords, Butler's leaden basslines and Osbourne's sneering yet plaintive vocals.

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