God Is Dead? is featured on the Black Sabbath album 13. It is the first
single from the album, and the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1998's "Psycho Man" and "Selling My Soul"
From the Album
Both the song title and figure on the single's cover,
by Heather Cassils, are a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche,
a German philosopher who is famous for saying that "God is dead" in his 1882 book.
Nietzsche wasn't talking about God dying in a literal sense, but as someone who no longer believed
in such a cosmic order. He believed the Christian God was no longer a viable source of any
absolute moral principles.
Geezer Butler explained the song's meaning to The Pulse of Radio: "It's about this guy
that sets out to prove that God is still alive," he said, "and he has this voice in his head
saying that God's dead, and he can't get rid of the voice telling him, so he goes out and kills everybody."
Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Osbourne explained how he came up with the song title:
"I was at somebody's office and there was a magazine on the table and it just said the words
'God Is Dead.' And I suddenly thought, with 9/11 and all these terrorist things in the name of
religion and how many people have died [because of] religion, when you think about the tragedy
that's happened throughout time, it just came in me head. You would think by now their God would
stop people [from] dying in the name of. So I just thought, people must think there ain't no God,
God is dead. And it just hit me. And I just started singing 'God is dead' [when I was laying down]
rough vocals [in the studio] and Geezer gave me the Lyrics about it.
The song was featured in the second promo for the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy.
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance on January 26, 2014.
This was Black Sabbath's first Grammy Award in 14 years.
from the album 13 (2013)
April 19th, 2013
c. August 2012 - January 2013
Heavy metal, blues metal
"God Is Dead?" on YouTube
The music video was released on 10 June 2013 and directed by Peter Joseph, director of the
Zeitgeist film series.