While Black Sabbath fans keep their fingers crossed for a reunion with Bill Ward, the band's estranged drummer continues to keep busy with an expanding list of projects — including a group Ward refers to as a "new rock trio."

The subject came up during Ward's interview with L.A. Radio Sessions host Mike Stark, which you can hear in its unedited form above. Responding to a remark from Stark regarding the "new energy" Ward seems to have, he credited his renewed vigor to the sheer amount of musical activity he's enjoying these days, and hinted at more to come.

"I think it’s just everything going on," mused Ward. "We’ve kept it a secret -- it keeps leaking a little bit — but you know I have a new rock trio as well. We can’t officially say anything about it, but after this interview I’m on my way to rehearse with them. We’re in the studio ... recording a brand new album with the rock trio, besides [the Bill Ward Band]."

As one might expect, being back behind the kit on a regular basis has done wonders for Ward's playing. "I was kicking ass," he boasted of a recent session. "I played drums for eight hours yesterday. I mean, seriously — I’m getting down and just f---ing playing."

The Bill Ward Band's new album, Accountable Beasts, is available on iTunes now, with a long-gestating solo project titled Beyond Aston soon to follow. As for the trio, a news item at Ward's official site suggests it'll include guitarist Joe Amodea.

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