Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi has premiered his first new song in over eight years, the towering instrumental track ‘Scent of Dark.’
Written by Tony Iommi, ‘Scent Of Dark’ was developed at his home studio with long-time collaborator and producer Mike Exeter, and recorded at Gospel Oak and Pig Music Studios.
Aside from an acoustic collaboration with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir four years ago, it’s Iommi’s first piece of electric music since Black Sabbath’s swansong ‘13’ album back in June 2013.
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Commenting on dipping his toes into the world of fragrances, Tony Iommi says: “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 fragrances from other countries and began collecting them on tour.”
He adds: “I met Sergio through another friend of mine Jimmy Crutchley (who plays bass on ‘Scent Of Dark’) and Sergio kindly sent me a box of his fragrances and asked if I’d be interested in creating my own, which I certainly wasn’t expecting.
“I had no idea how that would work, but Sergio suggested I come up with a list of things I like the smell of, which I did. He developed some different samples made up from my suggestions and I picked the one I liked; the project moved forward from there.”
Iommi insists he’s had control of the project from the offset, saying: “I wouldn’t put my name to something that I haven’t been involved in and didn’t personally like or use. That’s been the same with all of the projects I’ve done from guitars onwards, this is no different.”
Iommi hopes that ‘Scent of Dark’ will pave the way for more new music: “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.”