Iommi with Glenn Hughes
The 1996 DEP Sessions
This is pretty much an essential purchase for any fans of Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes and the album they both previously worked on, Black Sabbath's Seventh Star release.|
That album was never intended to be a Sabbath release, but as a stand along release, it has a cult following.
The team of Hughes and Iommi went to work to create a follow-up, some 10 years later, in 1996. Things didn't quite get finished before the wheels fell off and the sessions went into one of those ever too large record company vaults.
Now almost another 10 years later we find those tapes have been found, restored and released – and none too soon either! There has been bootleg's circulating of the songs for a few years now.
The 8 tracks on offer aren't really enough to create a classic album, however, just 2 or 3 more tracks to round things out and it would be classic.
The songwriting here is more experimental than The Seventh Star, with the pair using more updated textures within the songs, as well as the classic heavy metal vibe that cemented Sabbath as one of the all time great bands.
This is a more dramatic and hard hitting affair than the more straight ahead hard rock of Seventh Star. Recorded in the post-grunge era, the guitar sounds are updated from those that ruled the 80s and in places, tuned down in line with what was almost an expectation for hard rock in the mid to late 90s.
The music is also more experimental, with a definite retro vibe mixed with 90s heaviness and production tricks.
Gone and Time Is The Healer is amongst the heaviest material I have heard Hughes sing.
Don't Drag The River, layered with both electric and acoustic guitars, is probably the most familiar tune for fans of the original Hughes sound.
My other pick for best tune is the frantic I'm Not The Same Man, which matches a powerful lead vocal with a swirling guitar riff and some insightful lyrics.
It Falls Through Me is another classic Hughes vocal with a big Sabbath inspired guitar riff, softening to an acoustic guitar laced verse.
Now we will have to look back on it as an archive release, but its class is undeniable and the truth is that it sounds just as fresh today as it would have in 1996. Perhaps that has something to do with the mix, which was only just completed in order to get these tapes to release standard. These guys simply have to record together again. It must happen!
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