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Editors’ Notes

Although Seventh Star is for all intents and purposes Tony Iommi's first solo album, pressure from management forced the awkward billing of “Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi.” Rather than motivate sales, this confusion only caused needless damage to the album’s reception. While it's obviously not a true Black Sabbath album, Seventh Star bears Iommi’s unmistakable imprint. Whether the band is playing the speed metal of “Turn to Stone (Eye of the Storm)” or the downtuned blues of “Heart Like a Wheel,” Iommi’s guitar sound had more heart, more grit, and more otherworldly force than anyone else in metal at the time. Even the power ballads (“No Stranger to Love

Customer Reviews


A Black Sabbath album it is not. Not in the classic sense anyway. However, this is probably the greatest effort EVER produced by Tony Iommi. With the vocal work of Glenn Hughes, the songs on this album speak to the soul. The voice of an angel and the guitar of the devil. What a perfect collaboration. It's just plain tortured...

Better than most people give it credit for

An album most people either never heard of, or just don't like. Too bad, as there's good stuff here, although I admit, it is a bit "light" in terms of being a Sabbath record. Of course, it was supposed to be an Iommi solo album, so that kind of explains the different feel on the album. A worthy entry, but probably not one of the first you should buy if you're after Sabbath albums. Iommi & Hughes also went on to create two more albums together. "The 1996 DEP Sessions" & "Fused" are both available on iTunes. Seek them out, too.

Totally Underrated

Since Tony Iommi is the only original Sabbath member on this one, most people overlook it and say that it should have been an Iommi solo album. Regardless of the name of the band on the header, this album is great! Glenn Hughes's vocals sounded awesome and Iommi was great as usual. These are solid heavy songs, especially "In For The Kill" and "Danger Zone". Sure, some of the songs get a little sappy, and the one video was terrible, but so what! Get this album into your collection as soon as possible, you will not regret it! I have had it on vinyl, cassette, CD, remastered CD and now on my iPod.


Formed: 1969 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Black Sabbath have been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late-'60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and macabre fantasies. If their predecessors clearly came out of an electrified blues tradition, Black Sabbath took...
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