EMERALD SABBATH – Irishman Assembles 10 Former Black Sabbath Members For Tribute Album [Video]

Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

Everything about EMERALD SABBATH declares “Black Sabbath” in some way or another, from the project’s ten former members of the legendary band, down to the graphic designers behind the band’s upcoming début release.

That release from EMERALD SABBATH, entitled ‘Ninth Star‘, will be released on February 15, 2019, via Plastic Head Distribution and is the manifest dream of an Irish nuclear construction safety inspector. Yes, the project’s founder / producer Michael Suilleabhain states:

I have been a Black Sabbath fan since 1983, when I heard them for first time. Like a lot of fans, it was Black Sabbath’s debut album I heard first, and as they say, the rest is history. Over the years, I have since seen Black Sabbath a total of 82 times with every lineup [except with Ray Gillen]. I also have a great passion for classical music, and in May 2015 I decided to mix both of them. Adam Wakeman was the first to contribute to the project, with keyboards on ‘Changes’, and then it snowballed into this final product.

I decided to re-record Black Sabbath tracks and instrumentals with as many as ex-members of Black Sabbath as possible. A lot of the artists also played on the originals, such as Vinny Appice, who joined Sabbath on drums for the ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour, and The English Chamber Choir on ‘Supertzar’. I then brought in a string quartet along with various classical players.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to do this, but my persistence paid off.

I would like to thank all the ex-Black Sabbath guys for helping me with this, as well as the former Black Sabbath graphic designers, string arrangers and producers.

I hope that everyone will enjoy this album.

For ‘Ninth Star‘, Suilleabhain assembled an incredible collection of former Black Sabbath musicians (listed below), along with other contributors such as Will Malone and Mike Lewis (‘Sabotage‘, ‘Technical Ecstasy‘), Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest), Skaila Kanja (Royal Academy Of Music), plus Black Sabbath album graphic designers Richard Manning and Colin Elgie (‘Technical Ecstasy‘) and Hugh Gilmour (‘Born Again‘).

 

Musicians appearing:

Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne)
Bev Bevan (Black Sabbath, ELO)
Neil Murray (Black Sabbath, Whitesnake)
Terry Chimes (Black Sabbath, The Clash)
Laurence Cottle (Black Sabbath, The Alan Parsons Project)
Ron Keel (Black Sabbath, Keel)
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
Dave Walker (Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac)
Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow)
Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Headless Cross)
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake)

The English Chamber Choir

 

Check out the ‘Ninth Star‘ album artwork and details, along with a video trailer about the project and upcoming album release. EMERALD SABBATH‘s ‘Ninth Star‘ will arrive via Plastic Head Distribution on February 15th, 2019.

 

Ninth Star‘ track list and credits:

“Embryo”

Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Anneka Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

 

“Die Young”

Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Rudy Sarzo: Bass
DC Cothern: Guitar
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Ellen Morgan: Keyboards

 

“Fluff”

Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

 

“Trashed”

Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

 

“Stonehenge”

Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Sarah Tobias: Flute

 

“She’s Gone”

Dave Walker: Vocals
Neill Murray: Bass
Bill Dwyer: Drums
Ardeton String Quartet
Lisa Ljungberg: Backing Vocals

 

“In For The Kill”

Tony Martin: Vocals
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Pete Rinaldi: Guitars
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards

 

“Orchid”

Neil Murray: Bass
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

 

“Hole In The Sky”

Ron Keel: Vocals
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

 

“Changes”

Michael Suilleabhain: Vocals
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Queenie May: Backing Vocals
Annela Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

 

“Supertzar”

English Chamber Choir
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Terry Chimes: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Skaila Kanja: Harp
Elen Morgan: Glockenspiel

 

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