Heaven And Hell have said they are almost ready to begin recording a new album – their first since 1992’s DEHUMANIZER.

The band is essentially the remaining members of Black Sabbath, but with Ronnie James Dio taking singing duties in place of Ozzy Osbourne.

Gutarist Tony Iommi said his band has around "six or seven new songs", reports Music Radar.

"And then we stopped to do this Metal Masters tour. When we finish that, we'll take a couple of weeks off, then carry on writing," he added.

Iommi also said THE RULES OF HELL, a new boxed set which covers BLACK SABBATH’S Dio years, will not include any rarities or unreleased material.

"I've got tapes and stuff of many years ago of jams and things we've done in the studio, but it's not suitable for release. Instead of going backwards in time, we're going forward and coming up with new stuff," he said.

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