Sabbath are back, VH next?

Throw the devil horns and pass the sacrificial doves: Black Sabbath are officially back.

The evil godfathers of heavy metal are reuniting to release their first album in 33 years and tour the world in 2012.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward announced their long-awaited comeback during a press conference at L.A.’s Whisky a Go Go, a week after setting the rumour mill ablaze with a cryptic posting on their website.

The quartet will enlist superstar producer Rick Rubin to helm their first studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die, according to an online video detailing their plans. They’ll also hit the road for their first gigs since 2005, beginning with a headline slot at Britain’s Download Festival in June. Other cities and dates have not been announced.

They’re not the only classic rockers on the comeback trail. It also seems Van Halen and David Lee Roth are inching closer to their own long-awaited reunion album. According to a Tweet from organizers, the legendary California rockers may take part in the upcoming Grammy Nominations Concert Live, airing Wed. Nov. 30 on CBS. The reconstituted foursome — singer Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass — have reportedly been working on their first Roth-fronted disc since 1984.

Former singer Sammy Hagar has said he and bassist Michael Anthony are not involved in any potential reunion.