Megadeth, Godsmack, Pantera, Others Line Up To Salute Black Sabbath

After the band's farewell shows take place in England this December, fans won't be seeing the original Black Sabbath again anytime soon, but plenty of other acts are happy to keep the Sabbath flame alive.

Megadeth, Godsmack, Pantera, System Of A Down, Monster Magnet, Primus, and Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne are all expected to kick in tracks for the Sabbath tribute album "Nativity In Black II."

According to Osbourne Management, which handles Black Sabbath, the collection will boast the extraordinarily intriguing pairing of Ozzy and Primus for a rendition of the Sabbath nugget "N.I.B." In addition to that collaboration, the album will also see a slew of fresh studio recordings, including Godsmack's cover of "Sweet Leaf," Monster Magnet's take on "Into The Void," System Of A Down's version of "Snowblind," and Pantera's cover of "Electric Funeral."

The tribute looks to also carry at least one live track, courtesy of Megadeth, though the cover that will turn up

on "N.I.B. 2" wasn't the band's first choice.

"In Denver, Colorado probably about two weeks ago, we recorded 'Never Say Die,'" Mustaine told MTV News. "It was a very grueling process to pick the song. I respect Black Sabbath a lot, not as much as [Megadeth guitarist] Marty Friedman does, because Marty is a Black Sabbath freak. But we listened to all their records, every single song from top to bottom from one end to the other, and the reason we picked 'Paranoid' was because it seemed to be the most straightforward, rocking type of song, and there didn't seem to be anything else that we could have done, excluding 'Never Say Die.'"

"We chose 'Paranoid,'" Mustaine continued, "and now because the options pretty much have run out, we did 'Never Say Die.' I felt that it was really exciting to do, because

we were doing a song that's significant to me. It was a song that I played in the band that I was in prior to Metallica [from 1981 to 1983], and then I see fans out in the audience singing along with me, and I'm thinking, 'Thank God, in case I forget the words.'" [RealVideo]

During a recent interview with MTV News, recent Ozzfest grads and future Megadeth tour openers Static-X also said that they had recorded a track for the album.

"We did a techno version of 'Behind the Wall of Sleep,'" Static-X bassist Tony Campos told MTV News. "It came out really cool, and I got to do the bass solo at the end, so that was pretty cool." [RealAudio]

The final track listing for "Nativity In Black II" has yet to be firmed up, and no release date has been set yet, but we'll keep you posted.

The collection follows the 1994 release of the first "Nativity In Black" tribute, which

saw Sabbath classics revisited by White Zombie, Megadeth, Type O Negative, Biohazard, Faith No More, Sepultura, and others.

-- Robert Mancini