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Tony Iommi shares first new song in eight years, confirms upcoming Ozzy collab

Black Sabbath guitar legend Tony Iommi has unleashed new single and accompanying fragrance Scent Of Dark, and confirmed he's written a song for Ozzy's upcoming album…

Tony Iommi shares first new song in eight years, confirms upcoming Ozzy collab
Words:
Emily Carter

Tony Iommi has launched Scent Of Dark: his first new single in eight years, and an accompanying luxury fragrance of the same name.

The Black Sabbath guitar legend's epic instrumental is his first since the heavy metal kings' album 13, and features Sergio Momo (guitar), Jimmy Crutchley (bass), Ash Sheehan (drums), Rebecca Rose (cello), Julianne Bourne (violin) and Mike Exeter (keyboards and producer).

“I’ve had the riff for Scent Of Dark for quite a while and I’d never done anything with it, but it gave us a base to start from,” says Tony. “We built up the track with programmed drums at first and then Mike Exeter demoed bass and keyboards on it, and I added my guitar solos, just to give us an idea of how it was going to sound. Eventually Jimmy added his bass. Jimmy knew drummer Ash Sheehan and he fitted in perfectly, adding the final real drum track on top of our work. Then we added the strings. I’d worked with string sections on Sabbath albums before, but this was a whole new experience.”

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The accompanying fragrance is out now, with Tony explaining of how it all came about: “It’s something I’ve always been interested in, ever since the early days of products like Brut and Old Spice, which I’d always get given for Christmas. Once I started touring the world with Sabbath though, I started discovering different sorts of fragrancies from other countries and began collecting them on tour."

He continues of this ambitious launch: “It’s been a really interesting project for me that has combined many of my different interests and a direction I’m really enjoying gong in. I’ve got so many riffs; it would be great to do more instrumental and soundtrack work.”

And, speaking of riffs, this week Tony told Rolling Stone that he'd written a song for former bandmate Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming star-studded solo album.

"I wrote the whole track and played on it and played the solo on it," he revealed. "It's horrible, really. … No. I'm joking. No, it's good. It's really good. And I like what Ozzy sang on it. I think he did a really good job. And I think they had Chad [Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers] play drums on it. I've left it in their hands now."

Awesome!

Listen to Scent Of Dark below:

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