12 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler form the nucleus of Black Sabbath, the band takes on a very different identity with singer Ronnie James Dio chartering the melodies and drummer Vinny Appice setting the rhythms. The name change to Heaven and Hell makes a certain amount of sense. The grungy, repetitive riffs the band excelled with under singer Ozzy Osbourne are replaced with more traditional, epic heavy metal fare. These fellas wrote the book on hard rock, so if they’re borrowing from anyone for the grunting riffs behind “Double the Pain” or “Bible Black,” it’s themselves. Most tunes head for the five to six minute mark to make their impression. The time is used to build the drama, throw in an extra guitar solo, and nail down a final chorus. The copyright may say 2009, but tunes such as “Rock and Roll Angel,” “Eating the Cannibals,” and “Breaking Into Heaven” could’ve been birthed three decades ago when these folks first got together. Classic hard rock moves at every turn.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler form the nucleus of Black Sabbath, the band takes on a very different identity with singer Ronnie James Dio chartering the melodies and drummer Vinny Appice setting the rhythms. The name change to Heaven and Hell makes a certain amount of sense. The grungy, repetitive riffs the band excelled with under singer Ozzy Osbourne are replaced with more traditional, epic heavy metal fare. These fellas wrote the book on hard rock, so if they’re borrowing from anyone for the grunting riffs behind “Double the Pain” or “Bible Black,” it’s themselves. Most tunes head for the five to six minute mark to make their impression. The time is used to build the drama, throw in an extra guitar solo, and nail down a final chorus. The copyright may say 2009, but tunes such as “Rock and Roll Angel,” “Eating the Cannibals,” and “Breaking Into Heaven” could’ve been birthed three decades ago when these folks first got together. Classic hard rock moves at every turn.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
660 Ratings

660 Ratings

Man Alive Creative ,

STILL BRILLIANT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS...

Sure, Iommi, Butler & Sabbath invented heavy metal while Dio became one of its greatest voices of all-time, but that doesn't mean that, after all these years, they're still going to be releasing amazing new albums. After all, what they've already created is enough to justify their legacy and who am I to complain if they simply chose bask in the glow of their past brilliance.

And yet, in 2009 with the average age of its band members coming in at a hefty 60 years of age (yes, 60!), Heaven & Hell have released one of the strongest, deepest, heaviest albums of their vast collective works to date.

"The Devil You Know" is one head banging, riff-frenzied collection of songs. Sure, maybe it could have used another barn-burner like "Eating the Cannibals" earlier in the album to break the tempos up a bit but that's getting pretty picky. Overall, the band displays finesse and style throughout the entire album; never burning too brightly on one song only to fall flat on their face on the following track. Seriously, this album is one amazing song after another.

Buy this album and be prepared to hear the old school teach the new school a thing or two about the music they brought to this earth.

Metalrob4662 ,

Amazing Album from Sabbath/Heaven & Hell

I've been listening to Sabbath since 1970..I have everything they ever made and this album is one of my favorites. DIO is in his mid to late 60's and he STILL sounds incredible! the guy must have made a deal with the devil ( no pun intended ), Tony Iommi still has the chops and Geezer and Vinny are the backbone of the band. First off the production is amazing DIO's vocals are in your face and the Bass and drums are deep and loud, but clear. Everysong on here rocks, of course there are slow plodding "Sabbathesque" songs on this album and there should be. If you love the first Heaven & Hell album your going to love this album...The highlights for me are:

Double the pain
Rock n roll Angel
Bible Black
Eating the Cannibals
Follow The Tears..

One of the best albums of 2009!

zoso-shane69 ,

1st Sabbath cd since 95, yeah that's right Sabbath. A metal epic masterpiece. ALL HAIL IOMMI!

Guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore. For as long as my life, Sabbath has continued to bring me smiles with riffs and songs. This cd blew away my expectations nicely. I call this the 1st studio Sabbath album since 95. They could call themselves "A*s" and it wouldn't matter. This is just a kick a*s metal cd made by the godfathers of metal doing it better than many youngsters out there!

And again Mr Iommi and Butler prove that Sabbath is and always has been them, especially Tony. The petty legal wrangling over the name of the band is enough proof of which side is which. Ozzy sang genius lyrics for a period of time. The songs and riffs that will live on were created by Gods Butler and Iommi. Get this NOW!

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