Iommi

Iommi

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by Tony Iommi
     
 
Iommi is Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's first official solo album. He came close before. 1986's Seventh Star was supposed to be, but Warner Bros. insisted on calling it a Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi record for marketing purposes. In a way, Iommi is nearly a Black Sabbath tribute album since its ten songs each feature an all-star guest

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Iommi is Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's first official solo album. He came close before. 1986's Seventh Star was supposed to be, but Warner Bros. insisted on calling it a Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi record for marketing purposes. In a way, Iommi is nearly a Black Sabbath tribute album since its ten songs each feature an all-star guest vocalist. Actually, "Who's Fooling Who" is three-fourths Black Sabbath since it includes vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward. The other singers are Black Flag and Rollins Band's Henry Rollins, Skunk Anansie's Skin, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Pantera's Philip Anselmo, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, the Cult's Ian Astbury, Type O Negative's Peter Steele, and Billy Idol. Guest musicians include Queen guitarist Brian May, John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, White Zombie drummer John Tempesta, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, and '80s-era Black Sabbath bassist Laurence Cottle. Iommi is a rather predictable but generally effective mix of its namesake's menacing riffs and modern-sounding vocals and drums. Rollins actually sings (not growls) on "Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)." Skin's voice on "Meat" is restrained at first, but she gets progressively spunkier. "Goodbye Lament," featuring Grohl, earned immediate, multi-format radio airplay thanks to the combination of heavy guitars and a seemingly keyboard-programmed (but uncredited) backing track. Corgan's nasally voice mars "Black Oblivion," but the overall melody and catchy riffs rescue it. Astbury is an excellent fit on "Flame On." Steele's creepy vocals, Iommi's droning riffs, and the twisted lyrics make "Just Say No to Love" a dangerous, eerie highlight. Surprisingly, the best song is "Into the Night" thanks to the rather unexpected vocal strength of Idol. The exciting, steamroller middle section features Iommi andIdol thundering along in tandem.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0724352785728
catalogNumber:
27857

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Iommi   Primary Artist,Guitar
Billy Idol   Track Performer
Henry Rollins   Track Performer
Ace   Guitar
Pete Steele   Bass
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Ian Astbury   Track Performer
Matt Cameron   Drums
Jim Copley   Drums
Billy Corgan   Guitar
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Dave Grohl   Drums
Bob Marlette   Bass
Terry Phillips   Bass
Ben Shepherd   Bass
John Tempesta   Drums
Phil Anselmo   Track Performer
Bill Ward   Drums

Technical Credits

Phil Blackman   Engineer
Tom Fritze   Engineer
Bob Marlette   Producer,Engineer
Fran Flannery   Engineer
German Villacorta   Engineer
Stuart Campbell   Engineer
Ralph Baker   Executive Producer
Tobias Miller   Engineer
Aaron Pratley   Engineer

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Iommi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has assembled an array of lead singers to each sing a different track on this album, much like Sanatana did for the Supernatural album. All seem to fit right on with Iommi's riff fest. Most notable are tracks from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins,and Ian Atsbury of the Cult. Ozzy, Henry Rollins, and Phillip Anselmo of Pantera, and even Billy Idol are among some of the other singers. The songs would have worked well for a new Sabbath album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Sabbath this is your breath of fresh air. In my opinion Ozzy has gone off to some other world (pop) but Iommi maintains the tradition of the dark, thunderous metal music we fans love. I thought the Phil Anselmo track was particularly reminiscent of the old days and, like the old days, I've listened to it about 200 times. 2 thumbs way up...do not miss this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is simply the best!!The opening track ''Laughing Man In The Devil Mask'' is quite impressive.Right from heavy guitar riffs to great lyrics & vocals this CD's got it all.''Goodbye Lament'',''Black Oblivion'' and ''Who Is Fooling Who'' are other highlights.A must have for any Black Sabbath fan.Need I say more about the GOD OF HEAVY METAL!!!!The music speaks for itself!!!