We’re still not entirely sure what will happen to Black Sabbath’s touring plans since Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, though word has it that at least Download Fest is still on. And while both the band and Iommi reassured fans that the four original members were still at work on a new album, one still has to wonder whether Iommi’s recent health scare has delayed any recording plans. However, not only did Geezer Butler reaffirm that the band was still hard at work, but also revealed that Iommi has already written two new songs since his diagnosis became public.

In an update posted on his website yesterday, Butler had the following to share:

“Today [Jan19th] we got the engines back up and running @ Tony’s home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump- it’s great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C. Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can’t wait for you all to hear our workings, it has been great working on this stuff.

I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band- it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world. Sabb fans are good people, time and again you have proven your faith in us and boosted our endeavor.”

While it’s great to hear that Sabbath are still on track with the new album, we’re actually more pleased to hear that Iommi is well enough to keep writing and recording. While it’s still hard to say whether he’ll be well enough for the massive touring ahead of Sabbath, it sounds like Iommi is on the right path to recovery.