Iommi - The 1996 Dep Sessions (with Glenn Hughes)
Eight years ago, two of the greatest legends of hard rock played together in a studio. Now we have the result in our record stores. That kind of releases is seldom reason for hysteria among others than the hard core fans of respective main band. But my respect for the Black Sabbath-guitarists feeling for heavy riffs makes me curious anyway. Sometimes it sounds 70s retro, very much Sabbath and some Purple of course. But at the same time the production is thick and modern. If you like guitar based hard rock and Hughes voice, you should be satisfied.
Tony Iommis guitar is heavy as usual, when Gone rumbles out. It is evident which band that has been the most influential on todays stoner rock. But From Another World is apparently from another musical world. Here we find more of fine tuned melody and Hughes get the opportunity to shine with his voice. The changes of style continues, when Dont Drag The River moves us closer to AOR. Time Is Not The Healer, a pretty dull thing, shows us that not even Iommi invents the wheel twice. The drawling riff of the song Black Sabbath is here recycled in a somewhat faster mode. After this yawning experience follows almost power metal jolly Im Not The Same Man. As desert we are served a cold, but well tasting ballad, It Falls Through Me.
To sum up, this is a well-varied record that manages to
keep up your interest all the way to touch down. Maybe not the kind
of songs that will be future classics, but genuine pieces of work that
keep a certain quality. A given to buy for all Black Sabbath-fans,
but we who dont own their collected back catalogue, should maybe
concentrate on making that complete to start with. Also appearing on
this recording are Don Airey (Deep Purple, ex. Rainbow, ex. Ozzy), Geoff
Nichols (with a short session in Black Sabbath on his record) and the
drummer Jimmy Copley.