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God Is Dead?

"God Is Dead?"
Black Sabbath God Is Dead.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album 13
Released19 April 2013
Recordedc. August 2012 – January 2013
GenreDoom metal[1]
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"The Devil Cried"
"God Is Dead?"
"End of the Beginning"
Music video
"God Is Dead?" on YouTube

"God Is Dead?" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath featured on the 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 Reunion. The song was released via an MP3 download on Amazon.[2] It was also available as a free download to those who pre-ordered the full album on iTunes. The song in its entirety was posted on the official YouTube channel in promotion of this. 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. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?".[3] It is Black Sabbath's longest song.[4]

"God Is Dead?" reached No. 6 on the UK Rock Charts.[5]

"God Is Dead?" was ranked the 14th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[6]

The music video, directed by Peter Joseph, known for the Zeitgeist film series,[7] was released on 10 June 2013.

The song was featured in the second promo for the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy, a FX network television series.

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance on January 26, 2014.[8] This was Black Sabbath's first Grammy Award in 14 years.[9] Also in 2014, the song won a Planet Rock Award for Best British Single.[10]



  1. ^ CoS Staff (April 18, 2013). "Listen to Black Sabbath's new song, "God Is Dead?"". Consequence of Sound.
  2. ^ "God Is Dead?: Black Sabbath: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  3. ^ "13 — Black Sabbath Online". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  4. ^ Stolz, Nolan (2017). Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-4422-5691-0.
  5. ^ "2013-05-04 Top 40 Rock & Metal Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  6. ^ Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 3868526463.
  7. ^ Black Sabbath (10 June 2013). "Black Sabbath – God Is Dead?". Vevo. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Black Sabbath Wins 'Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance' Grammy Award". 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  9. ^ "Black Sabbath Gives Statement About Grammy Nominations". 2014-01-26. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  10. ^ Scott Colothan (February 21, 2020). "The Rocks 2020 winners revealed". Planet Rock. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020.