Tony Iommi
Fused


4.0
excellent

Review

by StigmataSD USER (1 Reviews)
October 16th, 2005 | 29 replies | 6,752 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


OK. This is my first review, blahblahblah, something about comments, blahblahblah, ok. Let's get started.

Tony Iommi, one of the greatest guitarists ever, formerly of Black Sabbath(or still with, I don't know which), has teamed up with the former lead vocal man from Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes to make the awesome album "Fused."

Now, to me, Glenn Hughes sounds like Vince Neil from the second disc of "Red, White, & Crue", but who says that's a bad thing? Tony's guitar and Glenn's voice go hand-in-hand to make an album to remember.

I'm quite partial to using the track by track rating system:

1. Dopamine: Amazing intro to this album. Starts off with Iommi layin on an awesome intro for the song, then all the other instruments kick in. Finally Glenn starts in with the perfect vocals for Iommi's guitar. Eventually Tony plays an excellent solo. This song shows the new sound of Tony Iommi. 5/5

2. Wasted Again: Not as good as Dopamine, but this song is still awesome, none the less. It starts off with a Tony Iommi quality intro. Glenn does a bit of yelling in this one. Doesn't really suit my taste, but that's just my opinion. Tony breaks out another solo, though it just sounds like the rest of the song; nothing special. 4/5

3. Saviour of the Real: Starts off with a simple drum beat on the snare, then Iommi and the rest of the band kicks in. Tony keeps the same beat going until right before the chorus starts. Then comes another solo, better than the one in Wasted Again. Then it fades into the next song. 4.5/5

4. Resolution Song: We pick up where Saviour of the Real left off. Good guitar intro, then slows up a bit. For the chorus, it gets a little heavier. Glenn starts making some noise like I-eya, I-eya I-eya. The solo isn't anything special, but still sweet nonetheless. A pretty good song for the most part. 4/5

5. Grace: My favorite song on the album. Starts off with a dark-sounding guitar intro and drum beat to match. Then comes in Glenn with almost haunting vocals. Now here's the fun part. At about 3:05 into it, the song really picks up. Tony starts off with a sick riff, then enters the drums to easily make this the best part of the song. Then at 4:00, it goes back into a slower solo, then another chorus. Easily 5/5

6. Deep Inside a Shell: Probably my least favorite song on the album just because its the slowest. But the lyrics are really good, and probably where Glenn's voice is best. I don't know if I'd classify this as a power ballad because it's not the hardest song, but it's not exactly slow either. It sorta picks up at the chorus. And of course(sorry if I sound redundant about solos)the solo is still pretty good. 3/5

7. What You're Living For: This is where the album picks up after Deep Inside a Shell. The intro riff is amazing; heavy and fast, just the way Tony plays. For some odd reason, it slows down just a bit for the chorus, but as soon as it's done, it goes right back into the same riff as the beginning. Once again, the solo is something to remember. Just an all-out rocking song. 5/5

8. Face Your Fear: Starts off with a flippin sweet guitar riff, then enter drums and everything else. The riff changes at the verse, and again for the chorus. At this point, you don't really hear Tony's guitar as much as you do Glenn's voice. The solo starts more focused on the drums, then moves into an average guitar solo. Somewhat of a creepy song, but awesome all the same. 4.5/5

9. The Spell: Starts rather slow compared to the last couple of tracks. But it picks up a bit at the chorus, which I think is the best part of this song, along with the lyrics. For once, I actually like the lyrics of a song. They are, for lack of a better word, intriguing.
"Why did you forsake? You had to take, and now you're living in your hell.
The vow you break, you tried to shake, but it's so hard to break the spell."
Amazingly, there isn't a solo in this one. Still a fairly good song. 3.5/5

10. I Go Insane: One word to describe this ending. Amazing. Begins with what sounds like, maybe, an organ or something, followed by a drum roll, then Iommi playing a nice solo intro-ish thing. Then Tony pauses until the chorus while Glenn sings along to a slow, simple drum beat. Again, the lyrics intrigue me.
"When you leave, I go insane. When I can't breathe, I go insane. And you know inside my head, I go insane. I want you to forgive, cuz I don't really want to live."
Back to the same drum beat as before, and another chorus. But around 3:25, the beginning of a pretty good solo starts. Then at 4:18, things really pick up. Tony is magic with a guitar in his hands. At 5:10, he starts another riff, which leads up to the best part of possibly the whole album. This is just one long, amazing solo, and I never get tired of it. Eventually things settle down, then go back to the original chorus, then it fades out witht the same sound from the beginning. I can't think of a better ending for an album. 5/5

I would HIGHLY reccomend this album to ANYone who likes(not even has to love)rock, cuz this album will definitely get you hooked. It's one of those albums that doesn't get old, no matter how often you listen to it. Undoubtedly, overall, 5/5.


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StigmataSD
October 18th 2005



43 Comments


I can't believe reviews that were just made today already have comments, while mine's been here for a while, and not one. Haha

Med57
Moderator
October 21st 2005



1001 Comments


Yeah, sorry about that. The approval queue stopped working for a few days, and just got fixed. Good review, anyway. Sorry that it didn't go on the front page at all. :-

theshapeofpunktocome
October 21st 2005



49 Comments


Yay, I got my review approved.

StigmataSD
November 1st 2005



43 Comments


Anymore comments people?

Zebra
Moderator
November 1st 2005



2647 Comments


Here's a comment, average review your trackies wern't bad but another paragraph about the music in general wouldn't hurt. I also have a hard time beleiving that this is a classic.

On a more positive note, not a bad first review. This Message Edited On 11.01.05

StigmataSD
November 1st 2005



43 Comments


Heh. OK, this review probably is a bit biased. My b. I just really love this album, that's all.

Zebra
Moderator
November 1st 2005



2647 Comments


I understand, it's not that big of a deal I was just giving you some constructive criticizm.

StigmataSD
November 1st 2005



43 Comments


Umm...kinda pathetic, but I can't find how to edit my review.

Zebra
Moderator
November 1st 2005



2647 Comments


Go to your user cp and then on the left side there is an edit my reviews option, click on it and then you can edit this.

Kyle71
April 9th 2006



19 Comments


Tony Iommi a legend!

Storm In A Teacup
April 9th 2006



12702 Comments


I've got their first collaboration, it's okay, but I think this is probably better.

Grimur
June 8th 2006



1 Comments


has anyone guitartab or guitar pro of the song dopamine ?

moltenlava
June 30th 2008



312 Comments


Dopamine is sweet, no? I guess I'm a little late to supper with this one....but, man, I didn't think this was gunna be that good. This collaboration between Iommi and Hughes is better than half of the Sabbath catalog. Then again, that's not much of feat, considering how lost Tony was in the non-conducive, sterile musical environment of the ultra-glossy 1980's. I could just imagine the loads of ridiculous 'professional' advice Iommi musta heard from record company execs. during that horrid, hairspray decade. Thankfully he didn't buy into any of the asinine trends and just quietly released one mediocre recording after another. But, this Iommi/Hughes album is a return to form of sorts, while also being a significant updating of the iconic guitarist's core sound. In fact, this album is so much more deserving of being called 'Black Sabbath' than the majority of records that actually were dubbed with the nomenclature. It's got all the earmarks of a good Sabbath record too, and Hughes has indeed sung for this band in the past. You drop Geezer in the bass slot here and you got yourself, for all intents and purposes, another winning lineup of BS.

I'll assume that most folks aren't acquainted with the work of Glenn Hughes, because I myself was blind to the guy up until a couple of years ago. If you’re the type of cat who really appreciates the roots of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, then you'll definitely want to know about Hughes. He was another key player. Not as important as a Robert Plant, Ritchie Blackmore or Geezer Butler, but certainly in the same class of musician. Hughes got his start in the early 70's in a band named Trapeze. And, their recording, 'Medusa' is a must for anyone trying to understand Metal's roots. Trapeze was just as important as other Proto-Metal outfits like Budgie and Mountain in the formative years of the genre. After Gillan and Glover departed from Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale took up residence in 1974. And, a DP recording like ‘Stormbringer’ is among the best stuff that group has ever done.

Part II below



moltenlava
June 30th 2008



312 Comments


The guy is a major talent on the bass and vox, and a true utility player if you’re looking to assemble yourself a decent album. Tony Iommi is smart to align himself with the guy. And, together they assemble a full album’s worth of quality material here on ‘Fused’. There’s very little here that I would overlook. With all of the fuss about the Ozzy-led Sabbath during the 90’s, it certainly seems that Osbourne did nothing but creatively encumber the output of Tony Iommi. Tony is much more productive with either Hughes, Martin or Dio than he could ever be with Osbourne again….After you hear how strong this ‘Fused’ outing is, ya’ll will also want to get their ‘shelved and then released’ project from ‘96 called ‘The DEP Sessions’. But, as a direct companion piece to 2005’s ‘Fused’, ya’ll will want to be hearing Glenn Hughes’s ‘Soul Mover’ album from the same year. He collaborates with long-time guitarist, JJ Marsh on that one, and Chad Smith from RHCP plays drums throughout.



foreverendeared
June 30th 2008



14678 Comments


first paragraph is unnecessary.
by the way moltenlava please write a review. i'm always enthralled by your comments

moltenlava
June 30th 2008



312 Comments


I guess I will eventually. But, since other cats have got that area covered, I think I can offer more by shooting my mouth of in retort. Plus, in order to review properly, I'd have to keep on repeat-playing the same tunes, while dissecting and analyzing the material....and that would be a buzz-kill right now. lol. Thanks for the kind words though.





chaosizme
July 12th 2009



9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A lot of Sabbath fans give this album grief for not sounding "Sabbath" enough. If you listen to this album without that mindset, it's actually pretty good.

sabs93
April 12th 2011



21 Comments


zebra, believe me when i say a 5 star review is completely justified. Outstanding album. good review btw

Pachelbel
December 12th 2011



192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome

rockandmetaljunkie
June 17th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There is a messed up situation here. The mods must edit the pages Iommi and Tony Iommi. The first is a collaboration with glenn hughes. The second is his solo page. Also, there are 2 "Iommi" albums. The "legitimate" one should be the album that appears in the second page. Furthermore, the blank album must be deleted.



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