Black Sabbath

A New Box Set Of Black Sabbath’s Tony Martin-Era Is Due In May


A box set compiling most of the albums from the Tony Martin-era of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath is on the way. Martin fronted the group from 1987 through to 1997. Rhino will be issuing that box set, “Anno Domini 1989-1995“, on May 31st.

Among the recordings featured in the set are “Headless Cross“, “Tyr” and “Cross Purposes“, all of which have been newly remastered. A sonically updated version of “Forbidden” featuring a new mix done by the band’s own legendary guitarist Tony Iommi will also be included. A replica concert book from the band’s 1989 ‘Headless Cross” tour and more will also be packed in. Pre-orders are available now through

Absent from the set is the band’s 13th studio album “The Eternal Idol“, which marked the band’s first full-length outing with Martin. Classic Rock report that its omission was a conscious decision, with the set intended to focus on ‘missing’ albums from the band. Speaking on his decision to give “Forbidden” a new mix, Iommi stated:

“I was never happy with the guitar sound and Cozy was definitely never happy with the drum sound. So, I thought it would be nice to do it for him in a way. I just felt that, without changing any of the songs, there was an opportunity to go back and bring out some of the sounds and make it more what people would expect Sabbath to sound like.”

Original album sessions for “Forbidden” took place under Ernie C of Body Count, who also produced and mixed the effort.

Remastered streams of the title track to “Headless Cross” and “Anno Mundi” from “Tyr” are available below:

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