Thursday, 4 March 2010

Iommi - Fused (2005)

Genre: Metal
Format: FLAC + cue + log
Released: 2005
Label: Sanctuary Records

01. Dopamine
02. Wasted Again
03. Saviour of the Real
04. Resolution Song
05. Grace
06. Deep Inside A Shell
07. What You’re Living For
08. Face Your Fear
09. The Spell
10. I Go Insane

Tony Iommi unleashes his fiercest solo outing yet with the aid of legendary vocalist Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple). FUSED combines classic blues rock vocal stylings with the famous metallic crunch of Iommi’s signature Gibson SG guitar - the guitar sound that has come to define heavy metal.

Joining Iommi on Fused is former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. Fused was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for 'Iommi.'

Iommi and Hughes tend to write quickly when they settle in. Once the basic song ideas were written for this new album, Hughes worked on overall melodies and lyrics. The songs were in place, but a drummer was needed to tie it all together. Iommi was eager to work with Aronoff again and had him in mind from the beginning. The highly respected skins-basher was thrilled about the invitation, especially when Iommi said he wanted to tour to promote Fused.

These new songs most definitely work, and they rage with the same fire and intensity that mark Iommi's best. There is nothing quite like the sound of a power trio, because there can be no weak links -- each musician's efforts stand out. There is no place to hide. Iommi, Hughes and Aronoff feed off each other, whether it's the concise punch of "Dopamine" and "What You're Living For" or the fluid twists and turns in the nine-minute epic "I Go Insane."

Iommi's lethal guitar crunch leads the charge. Hughes truly pushes himself to the edge and adjusts his voice to fit the overall direction of each song while simultaneously propelling the rhythm with his pounding bass guitar. The volcanic thunder Aronoff unleashes from his drums sounds like nothing he has done before. Marlette's sparkling, crisp production results in a hard-hitting, modern, in-your-face sound.