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Old Jul-13-2005, 2:16 PM
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Ok, I've heard the album in all of it's full "sonic glory" now, (I bought the CD yesterday), and quite frankly I still don't like it much.

The album is marked by a certain "new-metal" sameness that falls well below anything else I would expect from Glenn's own work in terms of inventiveness or overall quality.

Perhaps the album isn't much more than I would have anticipated from Iommi, but it is certainly less interesting than the solo material we have gotten from Glenn recently, and I for one am ready to shelve it, step back into Soul Mover, and wait patiently for the next GH solo project myself.
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Just got Fused today, and I don't understand why there are no photos in the liner booklet? Cool tunes, lackluster booklet.


Cheers...Todd

PS What would Tony Iommi do if he was forbidden from playing a song in "E", or dropped "D" tuning?
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Old Jul-14-2005, 6:05 PM
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Got my copy of FUSED yesterday,and cranked it up on the way to work yesterday and today.I would have to say Toadsterama summed it up pretty well for me.What I dont understand is what a lot of people were expecting from this album.Tony delivers what he has always delivered chugging riffage,I mean he is the creator of heavy riffs,I did not expect this to be funky,I expected exactly what I got,doom laden riffage.Glenn's vocals do seem to have more of a british accent,as someone stated earlier,and his vocals are a little more nasal sounding than i prefer,but overall I think it is a great album for what it is.And if this tour goes down we will all be in heaven,,right??? For everyone that is disappointed,hang in there Glenn will be back doing funk/rock again,I can assure you of that. And I cant wait.........Glenn's last string of albums have been simply awesome, so he took a little time to finish up some unfinished business with an old mate,good for them and hopefully they will get some airplay.I have already emailed the Houston area rock station dj's and requested they play FUSED.And told them of the forthcoming tour.And as for "i go insane",this is a freakin' masterpiece,mindblowing,song.It is simply one of the best songs I have ever heard,and worth the cd is worth the money for that song alone.. Peace Larry in Texas.........

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Old Jul-15-2005, 9:16 PM
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Originally Posted by LARRY BRIGGS
And as for "i go insane",this is a freakin' masterpiece,mindblowing,song.It is simply one of the best songs I have ever heard,and worth the cd is worth the money for that song alone.. Peace Larry in Texas.........


Have to agree with Larry...what a great tune. Actually, the whole album is superb. I was not a big fan of "Soul Mover", but this is just an absolutely magnificent example of what I love about Glenn Hughes !!! It will get regular playtime in my house, on my Thump and in the cars...can't wait for a tour now.
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Old Jul-16-2005, 6:02 AM
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I haven't made it to the back portion of this CD yet....thanks to my car CD player now refusing to play anything after track 7 on CDs. (How the heck is this possible????!!!!!) But I am noticing, it seems like Glenn has made a concious decision to not sing with vibrato at all on this album. It's very wierd to hear him sing in a Don Henley/Bryan Adams style, two singers who straight line every note they sing. (No he doesn't sound like them, just using their technique). It's probably the thing I love and copy the most about Glenn's voice... (and DC also) I do miss it!


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Old Jul-16-2005, 10:46 AM
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John, that's a very interesting aspect, totally "musicianly" (as we can expect from you ), very interesting. What I noticed mostly, English not being my native language, is the very british language in the singing and the close-up direct vocal production.

On a side-note: John Wetton, for me, is the master of the no-vibrato, straight line vocal - I think Todd has mentioned this in another thread before (search is your friend, I know )

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Old Jul-21-2005, 1:43 PM
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This is my review I wrote for Amazon and posted on the Dio Message Board. I'm reviewing this as a Black Sabbath fan (my favourite band ever) more than a Glenn fan since I've only heard Soul Mover from his solo work. As a side note I think Soul Mover is the second best album of the year.... behind "Fused". Glenn is on a roll


This could be Iommi's best album he has ever done. Of course that will depend on you to make up your own mind but the material on this CD is worthy of being considered some of his best ever, if not his very best. We know what to expect from Tony by now, but as the DEP Sessions showed us he can do some different stuff as well and this CD has a few pleasant surprises as well.
Fused has everything you would expect from Tony Iommi. All the massive doomy melodic riffs are there and they form the backbone to most if not all the songs. In fact the riffs on this album are the best Tony has come up with in ages. He has more energy than most new bands these days and has the bonus of 35-ish years of experience to back up that enthusiasm.

Glenn Hughes plays bass and does vocals on "Fused" and he proves to be a worthy equal to Tony, being a rock legend in his own right and he isn't called "The Voice of Rock" for no reason. The vocals on this album are fantastic and the lyrics are not your clichéd metal lyrics. They are mature and some of the best I've heard from Glenn. And we can't forget session drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff who puts in a really fine performance and his reputation as a great drummer is well deserved. His drumming is energetic and works perfectly with Glenn’s bass playing as the rhythm support for Tony’s riffs.

There are no weak tracks on this album, every single one incredibly strong which shows just how good the song writing between Tony and Glenn is. Also of note is the fact that none of the songs “fade out.” Every single track has a proper ending to it and this really does let you see how good these two work together. Almost every other CD out there has fade out songs which often sound incomplete or unfinished. None of that here.

For me the only track that ISN’T a highlight is “Dopamine”. I still think it an excellent track but it is slightly more generic than some of the other songs. In terms of performance, song writing etc. the highlight of the album has to be “I Go Insane”, the 9min 13 sec epic that closes the disc. Another interesting moment is the breakdown in “Grace” which always puts a smile on my face and “The Spell” is how Doom Metal should be done. “Resolution Song” has a great vocal hook and “What You’re Living For” has some cool time changes and a killer solo. I could go into great detail about each track but I’ll stop there.

In short this album has everything you could want from the musicians involved. Every track has something unique to offer and they are all equally strong (Dopamine is my least favourite, that isn’t the same as worst!) Buy this album if you like Black Sabbath or hard rock performed with skill, maturity and class.

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Old Jul-21-2005, 2:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Peestie
........more than a Glenn fan since I've only heard Soul Mover from his solo work.

Welcome, Peestie.

Get ready to go on an incredible musical ride.

That's how we all got started, to become.........

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Old Jul-22-2005, 3:53 AM
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The first day I got this I was not into it at all...but a week later I'm really enjoying it...It's really fantastic. Only complaint is that some of the riffs start to sound the same, and it's sad that almost the whole album is slow to mid tempo. Even when you think you are getting an uptempo song, it downshifts to the speed of the rest of the album in the middle. As has been mentioned on Melodicrock, it seems to be happening all the time that bands are putting out too many mid tempo songs on their albums. I also wish the drum sound was recorded a bit better...maybe it just sounds worse listening in the car. I know Aronoff's drums can sound monstrous, like they do on Fogerty's "In the Garden" off of Deja Vu. Maybe next time we can get more variety in the tempos (more uptempo songs like I'm not the same man), because I can't work out to anything this slow, but other than that this is really great stuff. Thumbs up Glenn!


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Old Jul-22-2005, 6:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Grace
Welcome, Peestie.

Get ready to go on an incredible musical ride.

That's how we all got stated, to become.........


Thanks! I plan on getting Glenn's entire back catalogue as soon as possible. I've heard 2 of his Purple albums, all 3 of his works with Iommi and Soul Mover (plus many many bootleg live shows) and he has the most awesome voice ever! And his bass ain't half bad either
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Old Jul-30-2005, 10:36 AM
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I'm sure I'll be in minority on this one but this record SUCKS! One giant bore - the worst CD Tony ever did, even worse then MTV-packed crappy first solo album. Being a huge Sabbath and Hughes fan I was expecting a great record, instead we got a tuneless grungy/nu-metalish mess of mediocre poop. Not a single decent tune, not a single good solo (seems like Iommi tries to avoid them if possible these days). Not even a single great riff! Tony was probably listening too long that he was a main influence on all these 90's-00's musicians - so in the end he decided to copy 'em all. Dumbed down the melodies, reduced the solos to minimum and started to sound like everybody else. This is record of couple of old school rockers desperate for recognition among the young Ozzfest crowd. This is a record I'm going to trade next weekend and better forget about it.


P.S. The funniest thing is that Moscow vice-mayor Michael Men turned out a much better songwriter then Tony Iommi! Now that CD ("Made in Moscow" - Michael Men project feat. Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner) rocks, full of catchy tunes and interesting musicianship. Blows away the Fused disaster on every level
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Old Jul-30-2005, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by REAL JOHN MCCOY
P.S. The funniest thing is that Moscow vice-mayor Michael Men turned out a much better songwriter then Tony Iommi! Now that CD ("Made in Moscow" - Michael Men project feat. Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner) rocks

Man, can I have some of what you're smokin'?

Well, this is what the forum is about....sharing opinions, and in this case, I can't agree with you one bit. But hey, I'm sure there's a record we both like out there
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Old Jul-30-2005, 3:28 PM
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dont do it david!!!!!!!

david dont take any from him - whatever it is its way too strong!! but of course you are correct this is the place to state your opinoin- thats the way i see it though, you either like tony iommi's style or you dont - i say its pretty good for a guy with chopped off fingers
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Old Aug-04-2005, 4:06 PM
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David and Tony G, to get things straight - I'm a huge Sabbath fan, I like almost every album (even some songs on Forbidden). Tony's my N2 guitarist of all time after Ritchie. I just hate THIS record, both the sound and the songs. I also don't like his first solo album one bit. A perfect case of selling out to MTV
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Old Aug-05-2005, 9:10 AM
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thats cool john, you can like it or not like it , i like tony iommi too and sabbath but i have to disagree with you on this - even though i feel that glenn might have did the vocals differently if given more control - i truly love every one of these songs
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Hmm...

The DPAS Online describes 'Fused' as:

The brand new GLENN HUGHES / TONY IOMMI studio CD. Very much in the Seventh Star Sabbath album style, with Glenn putting in a sterling performance throughout. Blisteringly heavy stuff. CD is shipping now.

Is it just me, or does 'Fused' sound nothing like 'Seventh Star'? Methinks they need to give the album another spin or two.

Cheers....Todd
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Originally Posted by toadsterama
The DPAS Online describes 'Fused'.....Very much in the Seventh Star Sabbath album style............

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Is it just me, or does 'Fused' sound nothing like 'Seventh Star'?

Todd,
Somebody ought to give the DPAS Online reviewer a dictionary,
for 7th Star, so they can occasionally look up the word..........

BALLAD.

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The song, the album...anything. The 'Fused' album as a whole sounds nothing like the 'Seventh Star' album, despite the presence of the two most prominent contributors to each It's just a misleading review by a source who, more than anyone, should know better.

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Old Aug-06-2005, 6:03 PM
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It might even be a review "that was phoned in."

Let's see...............
Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes.
OK, yeah.
Two heavy metal heavies.
Great guitar riffs and great rock singing.
Heavy, man.

(End of review.)
See what I mean, Todd?

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Old Aug-17-2005, 6:05 AM
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I especially like this review-

This record should be crap; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi whacking out yet another solo effort using a couple of muso chums. But it isn't. Not by a long chalk.

That the record succeeds so magnificently isn't just down to the chief protagonist, although he churns out some pretty fine riffs on the album and the drumming of Kenny Aronoff hangs things together as well. No, the secret to the success of this truly great record is the vocal contribution throughout from Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bass player extraordinaire. The musicians have worked together before but things have never gelled as well as they do here. Opener Dopamine rocks like few other modern day metal tunes can, proving that Iommi has his creative finger pressed firmly on the right spot. And it just gets better with each song.

As noted, Hughes' singing has much to do with this being a great rock record. He was forever trying to put some funk into Deep Purple, a move which eventually contributed to Ritchie "God" Blackmore leaving the band. But here he is doing what he always could do; singing rock songs with a voice that has enormous range and power, while keeping the feeling intact, nowhere better than on Deep Inside A Shell and the wonderfully epic I Go Insane. A return to form for all concerned...

Released : 11th July 2005
Label: Sanctuary
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Originally Posted by Mark Hoffman
I especially like this review-

....................the secret to the success of this truly great record is the vocal contribution throughout from Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bass player extraordinaire
.....................And it just gets better with each song.
.....................As noted, Hughes' singing has much to do with this being a great rock record........


I love the way that GHCPs are secretly taking over the world,
(well, record review publications anyway) and writing up the
reviews for "Fused."

Mark - if you personally know who wrote this review,
or if you wrote this yourself and snuck it into cyberspace....

GOOD REVIEW................GOOD JOB!!!!!
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This album seems best cut out for long car rides, like today I had it on during the ride to the Doors show in Antelope Valley. But other times, like when I'm going the short distance to a gig and I need a special song to get me going....the album is too dense for that. Strange. I've had some other more melodic new CD's the past few weeks to listen to and put Fused aside and then started to think I didn't like it. But it's just an album that demands attention, and it's best listened to all at once. It's not going to be an album I'm madly in love with and listening to every day every week but it's still great and glad to have it.


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I think CD's got the point. I guess that's why I'm not that enthusiastic about Fused. There are some good moments there but Glenn doesn't belong to that dark and gruesome climate. I like him better in more light-hearted stuff.

It had to came to this if you are working with mr.Iommi, 7 star & DEP sessions were light compared to almost anything Iommi has done in the past. Still, love it, 7 star has been a favourite for 20 years, Fused will last 20 more. The Spell> fantastic.

Glenn does all styles superbly well. Even if he is making albums at a tremendous pace, I`m always anticipating the next album.

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When I first heard Fused I didn't care that much for it, because I was not used to hearing de-tuned guitar, and at first the songs kind of sounded the same to me. Two listens later I was hanging on every word......"Grace" is my favorite song on it, one of my all time favorite songs. "Deep Inside a Shell..." is a great one, also.

This week my favorite GH song is "Feels Like Home" off of BTM...again....there are a few that are neck and neck. LOL
Glenn is so good it's just ridiculous.
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I think Fused was one of the finer albums of 2005. Thought The Spell was one of my favourites. Loved that opening riff and even the chorus was catchy as hell. I Go Insane is exactly what the song implies. Dopamine, Deep Inside a Shell, What are you Living For and Wasted Again are the other favourites for me.

Which comes to the Bonus Tracks. Slip Away was pretty good, Let It Down Easy is what I think Iommi is simply doing. Making it sound like a Rock 'n' Roll song IMHO. But it's The Innocence that does it for me. I love to close the album with this song for the fact that Glenn's voice closing the song is just incredible. And I do think that sounds fitting to me.
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I completely agree FVD!
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Here's something a little different, featuring, "I Go Insane", taken from the album, "Fused".

Kenny Aronoff, live, during a recent drum clinic performance
Kenny Aronoff - I Go Insane,from the FUSED Album(Tony Iommi and Glenn Hughes) - YouTube
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thanks for posting David. that was an entertaining video. a few thoughts while watching...
1) i don't know who that dude is
2)i thought i saw him looking at sheet music- i didn't think drummers used sheet music
3) boy, i sure do wish that i could see a show with Glenn and Tony playing their music- i'd be riding the 7th star to 7th heaven
peace,
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Because my timing sucks and I got sick of other musician's complaining about it (mostly drummers ) I do this crazy air drumming exercise at the gym and this is one of my favorites. It's also one of only two ballads I work out to. (the other is Whitesnake's All I want is You). (The drummers have mostly stopped complaining...now I'm kicking their asses-- slow the f**k down!!!!!!!! or Quit dragging!!!! )

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