Smells like… Iommi

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Tony Iommi released a brand new instrumental song, titled “Scent Of Dark” to coincide with the launch of the self-titled freagrance which is out by Italian company Xerjoff and Sergio Momo.

This is the first time the great guitarist is releasing original material since 2013, when Black Sabbath’s “13”.

Along with Iommi and Momo who play the guitars, the band is consisted of Jimmy Crutchley on bass,  Ash Sheenan on drums, Ashley Rose on celo and Julianne Bourne on violin.

“I’ve had the riff for quite a while and I’d never done anything with it, but it gave us a base to start from. We built up the track with programmed drums at first and then Mike Exeter demoed bass and keyboards on it, and I added my guitar solos, just to give us an idea of how it was going to sound. Then we added the strings. I’d worked with string sections on Sabbath albums before, but this was a whole new experience.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Iommi spoke in more detail about how “Scent Of Dark came together. “I’ve recorded a lot of riffs and tracks with Mike Exeter,” he said. “And with this one, I couldn’t imagine who would sing on it; it just seemed ideal to put it down as an instrumental. I’ve had the main part for a while, and I just added some new parts to it. Then I added these other gloomier riffs to make it blend in with this perfume idea. I really liked the idea of using some violins and cellos and stuff, and so we did on this track.”

As for Iommi’s involvement in the aforementioned fragrance, he said that it was the result of his friendship with Momo. “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,” Iommi said. “Once I started touring the world with Sabbath though, I started discovering different sorts of fragrances from other countries and began collecting them. I met Sergio through another friend of mine, 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. Sergio suggested I come up with a list of things I like the smell of. He developed some different samples made up from my suggestions and I picked the one I like.”