Iommi (album)

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Released17 October 2000 (2000-10-17)
Label Divine, Priority
Producer Bob Marlette
Tony Iommi chronology
The 1996 DEP Sessions

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


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).

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".

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.

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.

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, and which Iommi played with him at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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
2."Meat"Iommi, Marlette, Skin
3."Goodbye Lament"Iommi, Marlette, Grohl
4."Time is Mine"Iommi, Marlette, Anselmo
5."Patterns"Iommi, Marlette, Tankian
  • Serj Tankian – vocals
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Jimmy Copley – drums
6."Black Oblivion"Iommi, Corgan
7."Flame On"Iommi, Marlette, Astbury
  • Ian Astbury – vocals
  • Brian May – additional guitars
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron – drums
8."Just Say No to Love"Iommi, Marlette, Steele
  • Peter Steele – vocals, bass
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron – drums
9."Who's Fooling Who"Iommi, Marlette, Osbourne
10."Into the Night"Iommi, Marlette, Idol
Total length:51:08


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


Additional musicians


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



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

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