Can you feel the evil in the air? Heaven And Hell (that’s the new name for Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath, if you’ve been living in a crypt for the last few years) are almost finished recording their new album of original material.

Finally we get to hear a whole album’s worth of new music from the mighty Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The three new tracks on the recent best-of were pretty bitchen and certainly above the usual “We knocked these songs out in a weekend to fulfil contractual obligations” fare usually barfed up as best-of bonuses, so I have a lot of hope that the new stuff will be worthy of taking a place on the throne of evil next to their other albums, ‘Heaven And Hell,’ ‘The Mob Rules’ and ‘Dehumanizer.’

According to Blabbermouth, drummer Vinnie Appice (who I saw strolling around Melbourne when Heaven And Hell played here last year, but I was too chicken to throw the devil horns to) has issued the following update: “Well, the new Heaven And Hell album is going very well with almost three fourths of the songs recorded. It sounds amazing and it’s very heavy. The untitled CD will be released sometime in March-April 2009 (via Rhino Records).”

Heaven And Hell will tour in early 2009 in support of the new album. So far the following shows have been announced:

June 3-6 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 19-21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

Oh and I took that photo of Iommi with my camera phone. Sorry…

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