June's Top Rock Albums is certainly a whopper. After all, it's littered with no less than four of the year's most highly anticipated releases: 30 Seconds to Mars' Love Lust Faith + Dreams, Queens of the Stone Age's ... Like Clockwork, Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and Black Sabbath's 13.
Of course, the true heavyweight of the bunch is Sabbath and a Rick Rubin-produced album that's the heavy metal icons' first to feature founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since 1978's Never Say Die! Wisely replicating their classic sound, the record is definitely one of the best examples of veteran rockers aiming to reclaim past glory. The nearly eight-minute "Damaged Soul" is really rather harrowing. "I don't mind dying, because I'm already dead," cries an utterly tormented Ozzy, who then howls, "I'm losing the battle between Satan and God."
In regards to other new releases, Wrote a Song for Everyone finds Creedence legend John Fogerty walking a star-studded cast of country heavies, modern rockers and R&B badasses through many of his most beloved tunes; particularly notable is the Keith Urban-led rendition of "Almost Saturday Night" (one of the great weekend anthems of all time, in all honesty).