Iommi (album)

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Iommi
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
Recorded1996–2000
Genre Heavy metal
Length51:08
Label Divine, Priority
Producer Bob Marlette
Tony Iommi chronology
Iommi
(2000)
The 1996 DEP Sessions
(2004)

Iommi is the debut solo album by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Contents

The album took nearly five years to make. All of the songs were written by Iommi, producer Bob Marlette and the respective vocalists of each track (except "Black Oblivion", which was written by Iommi and Billy Corgan).

Robert Roy "Bob" Marlette is an American record producer, recording engineer, mixer, keyboardist and songwriter. His production, writing and mixing credits include Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Sebastian Bach, Rob Halford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Atreyu, and Ill Niño.

Billy Corgan American musician, songwriter, producer, and author

William Patrick Corgan Jr. is an American musician and songwriter, who is the lead singer, primary songwriter, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois, in 1988, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame in the 1990s until their break-up in 2000. Corgan started a new band called Zwan, and after their quick demise, he released a solo album TheFutureEmbrace in 2005 and a collection of poetry before setting his sights on reforming Smashing Pumpkins.

According to Iommi, he and Phil Anselmo had recorded three tracks together for the album, but only one was put onto the album. Iommi has also said he "Wrote a couple of tracks with Billy Idol and two with Billy Corgan, but you know, we could only use one of each".

Billy Idol English rock musician

William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from the London punk rock scene as a member of Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States. The name "Billy Idol" was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "idle".

Other songs written

In an interview with Cosmik Conversations, Iommi said that they "actually wrote a few tracks with Billy [Idol]...three with Phil Anselmo...and two tracks with Billy Corgan, but you know, we could only use one of each." [1] There is also a track entitled "Something Wicked This Way Comes" written and recorded with Scooter Ward of the band Cold that was not included on the album. The bulk of the music for that track was used for Peter Steele's song, "Just Say No to Love." The track has been available through various filesharing networks. One of the unreleased tracks with Phil Anselmo is a faster-paced song entitled "Inversion of the Saviours". [2] It has also been available through various file sharing networks.

Scooter Ward American singer

Scooter Ward is an American musician, founding member and lead singer of the Jacksonville, Florida hard rock band, Cold. He has also performed occasional guitar duties both in the studio and live. Before joining Cold he formed and named the band Grundig in 1986. Ward has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader.

Cold (band) American post-grunge band

Cold is an American rock band, formed in 1986 in Jacksonville, Florida. With two gold-albums, Cold has sold over one million records in the US alone. On November 17, 2006, it was announced on Myspace that, after a period of uncertainty since that February, the group had decided to disband. In July 2008, it was announced that the original line-up would reunite for a tour in early 2009. This became permanent and the band released their fifth studio album Superfiction on July 19, 2011. Cold has gone through several line-up changes leaving vocalist Scooter Ward as the only constant member.

Black Sabbath band members and former members on the album

Iommi's career is closely linked to his time in Black Sabbath, a band he led from its formation in 1968 to its semi-retirement in 1999, and has continued to lead during sporadic reunions (in 2001, in some form or another every year from 2004 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2017). Subsequently, Iommi formed the band Heaven & Hell, a group featuring a collection of former Black Sabbath band members that had performed together under the Black Sabbath name in the past. A number of musicians associated with Black Sabbath appear on Iommi.

Heaven & Hell (band) American band

Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring Black Sabbath founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath and Dio members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Track nine features Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath vocalist (1968–1978, 1978–1979, 1996–2006, 2011–2017) and drummer Bill Ward (1968–1980, 1983, 1984, 1994, 1997–2006, 2011–2012). The track also features Laurence Cottle on bass, the session bassist for Black Sabbath's studio album Headless Cross . [3] Cottle also features on tracks 3-5 and 7-9. Tracks 3 and 7 feature guitarist Brian May (of Queen), who had previously guest performed with Sabbath on their 1989 tour, performing a guitar solo on the Headless Cross album.

Bill Ward (musician) English musician

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

<i>Headless Cross</i> (album) 1989 studio album by Black Sabbath

Headless Cross is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released on 24 April 1989, it was the group's second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first of three to feature drummer Cozy Powell, along with Tyr and Forbidden.

Brian May English musician and astrophysicist

Brian Harold May, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Flash", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Who Wants to Live Forever", and "The Show Must Go On".

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Rock Hard (de)8/10 [5]

In 2005, Iommi was ranked number 451 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. [6]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest musiciansLength
1."Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask)"Iommi, Marlette, Rollins
3:42
2."Meat"Iommi, Marlette, Skin
4:55
3."Goodbye Lament"Iommi, Marlette, Grohl
4:52
4."Time is Mine"Iommi, Marlette, Anselmo
4:58
5."Patterns"Iommi, Marlette, Tankian
  • Serj Tankian – vocals
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Jimmy Copley – drums
4:22
6."Black Oblivion"Iommi, Corgan
8:22
7."Flame On"Iommi, Marlette, Astbury
4:31
8."Just Say No to Love"Iommi, Marlette, Steele
  • Peter Steele – vocals, bass
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron – drums
4:29
9."Who's Fooling Who"Iommi, Marlette, Osbourne
6:12
10."Into the Night"Iommi, Marlette, Idol
5:06
Total length:51:08

Credits

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Personnel

Additional musicians

Production

Visual art

  • Art Shoji – art direction
  • Maggie Magarian – art direction, design
  • William Hames – photography
  • Ross Halfin – photography
  • Mike Clement – photography
  • Gene Kirkland – photography
  • JMO Design – logo

Studios

Charts

ChartPeak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [7] 43
US Billboard 200 [8] 129

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References

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  4. Allmusic review
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