Black Sabbath lead guitarist Tony Iommi will long be remembered as one of the most influential musicians of all time, with many viewing his early work with the band as having laid the foundations for all heavy metal.
Now, as the band come to the end of their career, the riff lord has been commissioned by the Dean of Birmingham Rev. Catherine Ogle to produce a piece of music for the Birmingham Cathedral, complete with orchestral elements and a children’s choir. The result is stunning.
Titled How Good It Is, the song opens with some classic Sabbath-style acoustic guitars and electric solos before the choir enter the fray with beautiful medieval melodies.
As the song progresses, strings are added to the texture and combine with the acoustics and vocals to give the song unmistakably Celtic feel. It’s beautiful, atmospheric and dark, with the entrance of the organ at the song’s conclusion feeling particularly foreboding. Listen below.
After nearly 50 years in the game, Tony Iommi and co. played their final show as Black Sabbath in Moscow last July at the Olympic Stadium. You can watch the entire farewell show here.
Still, as sad as the post-Sabbath world is, we will always have Mac Sabbath to tie us over when we want to drown our feelings in food and metal.
Image: Metal Injection