Black Sabbath Admit Album Is Terrible, Are Redoing It In 2019


Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced that the band are remixing their album Forbidden, to get ‘better sounds’ from it. The album is not popular amongst fans. Ultimate-Guitar transcribed Iommi’s comments from a new video.

“Hello everybody. It’s that time of year again, it’s all happening. It’s Christmas. We’ve had great Christmas here and I hope you have too. It’s been good fun. And it’s been a great year as well, I’ve enjoyed being at home and doing other things, as well as music.

“Next year there will be ‘Forbidden’ album coming out, which we’re remixing at the moment, Mike Exeter and myself. And that’s been interesting too, pulling that apart and at least try and get some better sounds on it. As it should be. I know Cozy [Powell] was never happy with his drum sound, and none of us were really happy with the sound on that album. So, hopefully, now it will be sounding better.”

Forbidden featured Tony Martin on vocals and was released in 1995. Forbidden was panned by critics upon its release. Allmusic‘s Bradley Torreano gave the album only one and a half stars, remarking that “with boring songs, awful production, and uninspired performances, this is easily avoidable for all but the most enthusiastic fan”. He also stated that he considered it a “sad state of affairs” given the band’s long history. Blender magazine called Forbidden “an embarrassment … the band’s worst album.”

Guitarist Tony Iommi has admitted to Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross that he was “not happy” with Forbidden. He elaborated by saying, “We brought in Ernie C to do production, which was a bit difficult really, because I had to leave him to it… One of the problems was we weren’t all there at the same time, when we were writing it. Cozy and Neil were still contracted to do other stuff, so it ended up with just Tony Martin, Geoff Nicholls and myself just jamming around and putting ideas down. It all came together very quickly and we didn’t have time to reflect: make sure it was the right songs and the right way of doing it.”