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Iommi Import

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Audio CD, Import, October 17, 2000
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A diverse cast of characters helped create this impressive, four-years-in-the-works solo debut from legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. The vintage ultra-heavy Sabbath musicality gives the disc a cohesiveness despite the variety of voices and lyrics penned by 10 different singers. Skin (of Skunk Anansie) has a lovely, precise delivery that contrasts with the dirgelike feel of "Meat," while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl turns in a performance that mixes the Foos, Nine Inch Nails, and Sabbath on "Goodbye Lament." Ian Astbury's dramatic vocals on "Flame On" are especially suited to the material, which in this case sounds like Danzig. Also perfect for the portentous vibe is Billy Idol, whose sensual snarl and trademark "yow!" on "Into the Night" is a highlight, despite lame lyrics. A few singers miss the mark: Type O Negative's Peter Steele's deep bass out-Goths the material and Henry Rollins sounds silly. But Iommi's stellar strategic solos (at times they achieve a Jimmy Page-like mysticism) and retro Sabbath stylings make Iommi a must-listen for old-school metal mongers. Black light posters optional. --Katherine Turman

1. Laughing Man (In The Devil Mask)
2. Meat
3. Goodbye Lament
4. Time Is Mine
5. Patterns
6. Black Oblivion
7. Flame On
8. Just Say No To Love
9. Who's Fooling Who
10. Into The Night

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Divine Recordings/Priority
  • ASIN: B00004XR1P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James on October 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The long awaited solo effort from the heavy metal riffmaster Tony Iommi is here at last. And was it ever worth the wait. Not that Tony Iommi had gone anywhere, but in the years before his reunion with the almighty original lineup of Black Sabbath, he didn't exactly enhance his legacy with a string of Black Sabbath albums in the late 80's and early 90's that simply were not up to the lofty standards set by the group's earlier material. Tony Iommi introduced a completely new guitar style tuning lower and playing louder than anyone before him had ever dared. Tony has created some of the most memorable riffs in the history of heavy music. His influence is felt far and wide, as seen by the wide range of performers that appear on Iommi. From the first chord of the first track (which features Henry Rollins on vocals) it is apparent that Tony means business on an album that many people feel is an indicator of the future direction of his career. This album is a showcase for Tony's many talents, including his unquestionable songwriting abilities, as well as his ability to work in guitar solos that add to the song rather than overpower it. Tony does an excellent job of playing to each guest vocalist's stregnths, complimenting their talents rather than overshadowing them. Not being much of a Foo Fighters fan, I expected little from Dave Grohl, but what I found was a very good and inspired performance. Time is Mine, which features Pantera's Phil Anselmo on vocals, shows that Tony is not afraid to update his sound for a new era of music, while staying true true to the qualties that make him a living legend.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darth Pariah on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is actually the legendary (former?) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's second solo album. 1986's excellent "Seventh Star" with Glenn Hughes on vocals was his first. It only came out as "Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi" due to record company pressure.

This album is not at all bad for his first effort definitely stepping outside the confines of Sabbath. He has, of course, many guest vocalists on hand. My age and out-of-tuneness with the "nu-metal" scene shows in that the only vocalists on here I have actually heard sing are Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol and former Pantera vocalist (RIP "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott) Philip Anselmo!

Tony's bud Brian May appears on several tracks and the album is the better for it as the former Queen maestro is the only guitarist I can see sounding good with Tony. See "When Death Calls" on Sabbath's "Headless Cross" album for further proof.

With Tony writing and playing guitar, of course it's HEAVY. Thank God for that. Some people probably wanted him to do a self-indulgent instrumental showcase, but with Tony, the song has always been more important. And the songs here are, for the most part, good, though there is a little bit too much of a "'90s" flavour to most of them for my tastes, as with "Flame On" and "Just Say No To Love." However, the latter has a bit of humour as Peter Steele sings "you left me for Tony Iommi!"

The most-noticed track here is the almost-Black Sabbath reunion of "Who's Fooling Who", which features both Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward. It definitely has that early Sabbath sound to it. Why didn't Tony get Geezer Butler and make it a REAL Sabbath song? It's far better than the two studio tracks on Black Sabbath's "Reunion" album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blitznitzler on June 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am the biggest black sabbath fan alive. I know, YOU think you are. buzz....wrong answer. I am a fan of the whole storyline, not just a snippet or two. For me, Tony and Geezer are the heart of this polymorphic monster which likes to rear its head in several different forms, but always retains the original backbone and bloodstream that gave it life. I think that this album is exactly what was needed for mr. Iommi to enjoy and explore himself 'within' - and without the confines of the usual pressured 'band' environment. And it's not like he has to beg outside talent to collaborate. This effort shows that the biggest names in hard rock/metal know who daddy is. I think that the standout tracks are - firstly, the one produced with SKIN, then oddly enough - the BILLY IDOL track, followed by the GROHL number. the billy corgan and phil anselmo tracks aren't as great, but christ, at least we get to hear what such a pairing sounds like.
If you are the type of intellect who silently ponders how 'dream combos' of hard rock musicians would sound like, then you just might dig this release. The SKIN track is easily the most original sounding. Imagine that, Sabbath with a female singer. In this case, I could, and would be up for hearing more of this unruly direction. I have heard that we are not getting that long awaited album by the original SAB lineup, this year or any year thereafter. I would like to see this steel string magician paired back up with with ronnie james dio for one final album. The three albums Dio has conjured with sabbath are amongst my favorites.
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