Black Sabbath founding guitarist Tony Iommi appeared in a Facebook video over the weekend to wish fans a happy new year, as well as let them know the band's often-derided 1995 album Forbidden will get the full remix treatment, with Iommi himself at the project's helm.
Forbidden was recorded in Los Angeles in 1994 with Body Count guitarist Ernie C. acting as producer with a guest vocal performance from rapper Ice T. on opening track "The Illusion of Power." The LP's lineup featured vocalist Tony Martin in his last studio album with the band and bassist Neil Murray, who played on only one other Sabbath album, 1990's Tyr, and drummer Cozy Powell. Iommi went on to disband this lineup in 1997 (Powell left earlier, citing health issues) in order to reform with original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.
After a brief update on his year at home and holiday happenings, Iommi gives an honest breakdown of the downfalls of the album. "Next year will be the Forbidden album coming out, which we're remixing at the moment, Mike Exeter and myself," he says in the video, "it's been interesting to pull that apart and at least try and get some bigger sounds on it, as it should be. I know Cozy was never happy with his drum sound, and none of us were really happy with the sound of that album, so hopefully now it will be sounding better."