February 4, 2023

The brand new yr is shaping as much as be a busy one for Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi.

In a year-end video message to followers, the guitarist revealed that he’s been constructing a recording studio and plans to put in writing a brand new solo album. There are additionally plans for quite a few reissues, together with a field set of the long-out-of-print Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath LPs.

“It’s been a superb yr for me, 2022, in components anyway,” Iommi mentioned [as transcribed by Blabbermouth]. “I’ve been writing and recording. I’m having a brand new studio constructed, which I’m actually happy about. Nicely, truly, the studio is constructed, and it’s virtually able to go … I believe I’ll be able to go in and begin work in there, which I’m actually trying ahead to — writing one other album.”

Iommi then mentioned the reissue tasks lined up for 2023, headlined by the Martin-era field set and re-releases of his personal solo output.

“After all, we’re gonna have the Tony Martin field set,” he mentioned. “And I’m trying ahead to that, as a result of lots of people have requested about that, which is nice. … And we’ve achieved ’em in succession … we’ve had all the unique Sabbath stuff come out, field units, after which we’ve obtained the Ronnie [James Dio] stuff. After which the following factor would be the Tony Martin after which my solo stuff. So it’s gonna be busy once more.”

Black Sabbath launched six albums with Martin on lead vocals: The Everlasting Idol (1987), Headless Cross (1989), Tyr (1990), Cross Functions (1994), Cross Functions Dwell (1995), and Forbidden (1995). Martin was briefly relieved of vocal duties throughout this era for a reunion album with Dio — 1992’s Dehumanizer — earlier than completely leaving the band in 1996 when the unique Black Sabbath lineup re-formed in 1997.

“It’s taken all these years later for individuals to say, ‘Oh blimey, that was a superb band with good singing,’” Iommi mentioned of the Martin period in an interview six years in the past [via Blabbermouth]. “So it took a very long time to get individuals to actually understand how good it was.”

Keep tuned to Heavy Consequence for additional updates concerning Iommi’s upcoming album and the Black Sabbath reissues. Under you may watch his year-end video message.

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