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“Fused” by Iommi

Artist: Iommi
Title: “Fused”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 7/12/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Tony Iommi is most certainly the Father of Metal Guitar and his work with Black Sabbath set in play a movement that rumbles across the recording industry to this very day. There is not a guitar player that I can think of who hasn’t been influenced by his contributions. Joined by singer Glenn Hughes, Iommi has released another solo CD entitled “Fused”. This is a solid Heavy Metal record and I was glad to find a number of catchy tunes on it that merited many repeat listens. I feared another Black Sabbath without it being a Black Sabbath release yet Iommi proves to the listener that while he originated a style he has built up and perfected this sound. Many of the riffs are signature Iommi but with Glenn Hughes very powerful voice and the rhythm section holding strong the music becomes far more than what you might expect. Beginning with “Dopamine” the song speaks of addictions as does “Wasted Again”; clearly defining the dangers that plague many. The tunes are great and filled with emotion.
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