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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Shares First New Single In Eight Years Scent Of Dark

Friday, 26 November 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

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Tony Iommi has released a new single, Scent Of Dark.

Opening with haunting atmospherics, the doomy instrumental track incorporates the Black Sabbath legend's trademark colossal guitar riffs and an epic string arrangement. It was written by the 73-year-old with long-time collaborator and producer Mike Exeter, and recorded at Gospel Oak and Pig Music Studios.

It's Iommi's first new music since Black Sabbath put out their final LP, '13', back in June 2013 — aside from his How Good It Is choral work in 2017. It arrives alongside the launch of a new fragrance of the same name with Sergio Momo of Italian perfume house Xerjoff. Iommi said:

“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.

"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."

He added: "Sergio is a really creative chap, he plays great guitar on Scent Of Dark and has one of my collectable models, the 64 Gibson with the cartoon monkey image. He said it would be great to incorporate that, and he’s even managed to get it onto one of the bottles!"


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