Iommi (album)

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Studio album by Tony Iommi featuring Various Artists
Released October 17, 2000
Recorded 1996–2000
Genre Heavy metal, doom metal, grunge
Length 51:08
Label Divine Records/Priority Records
Producer Bob Marlette
Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi chronology
The 1996 DEP Sessions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 8/10[2]

Iommi is a heavy metal album by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and myriad guest musicians and vocalists, including:

The album took nearly 5 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 only Iommi and Billy Corgan).

According to Tony 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".

The album peaked at number 129 on the charts[3] and its only single, "Goodbye Lament" reached number 10 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.[4]

Black Sabbath band members and former members on the album[edit]

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 the present). 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 (1968–1979, 1996–2006, 2011-present) 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.[5] 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.


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[edit]

  1. "Laughing Man (In The Devil Mask)" – Henry Rollins (Iommi, Marlette, Rollins) 3:42
  2. "Meat" – Skin (Iommi, Marlette, Skin) 4:55
  3. "Goodbye Lament" – Dave Grohl (Grohl, Iommi, Marlette) 4:52
  4. "Time is Mine" – Phil Anselmo (Anselmo, Iommi, Marlette) 4:58
  5. "Patterns" – Serj Tankian (Iommi, Marlette, Tankian) 4:22
  6. "Black Oblivion" – Billy Corgan (Corgan, Iommi) 8:22
  7. "Flame On" – Ian Astbury (Astbury, Iommi, Marlette) 4:31
  8. "Just Say No to Love" – Peter Steele (Iommi, Marlette, Steele) 4:29
  9. "Who's Fooling Who" – Ozzy Osbourne (Iommi, Marlette, Osbourne) 6:12
  10. "Into the Night" – Billy Idol (Idol, Iommi, Marlette) 5:06

Other songs written[edit]

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."[7] 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".[8] It has also been available through various filesharing networks.


Guest Musicians[edit]


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Peak
2000 "Goodbye Lament" Mainstream Rock Tracks #10


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 162. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history Iommi". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Billboard single chart history Iommi". Retrieved 2009 20 June.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "AllMusic Headless Cross credits". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 27. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ Johnson, DJ. "TONY IOMMI (of Black Sabbath)". A 6th Year of Cosmik Conversations. Cosmik Conversations. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
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