Hear Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi’s New Classical Choral Work
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi debuted new music Thursday that showed a new side to his songwriting. The song “How Good It Is” is a classical-sounding choral work, which he recorded with the Birmingham Cathedral choir and cellist George Shilling, according to Birmingham Mail. He gave the song, inspired by Psalm 133, its live debut at the cathedral located in the band’s hometown.
The piece, recorded in the cathedral, is meant to celebrate peace, harmony and the cathedral’s role in the city, according to the paper. He worked on it with the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle. Iommi recorded the music in his home studio and then sent it to Ogle, who wrote the words.
“We’ve done instrumental work before with orchestras and it’s something I enjoy doing – but this is completely different,” he told the Mail, possibly referencing “Supertzar,” a choral work on Sabbath’s 1975 album Sabotage that the group used to open its concerts for years. “It’s something we have started from scratch, a…