In 2011, we were thankful that Black Sabbath announced plans to record their first album with Ozzy Osbourne in decades. We knew how difficult it likely was to actually get the band into the studio (given how many times in the past they attempted such a feat). Yet we never saw Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis or Bill Ward’s public and elongated exit coming, which as a result delayed the recording. So it was a nice relief that by June of 2013, almost two years after the 11/11/11 press conference announcing the reunion, Sabbath finally released their new album 13 and gained their first ever #1 album in the U.S.. Sure, many wish Ward appeared on the album instead of Brad Wilk filling in, and that Sabbath delivered the true reunion album they originally intended to make. However, given everything that led to 13’s release, we’re just glad it not only came out but was actually pretty damn good.