Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know [Exclusive Best Buy Edition] (2009, Rhino Records)
1. “Atom and Evil” … 5:15
2. “Fear” … 4:48
3. “Bible Black” … 6:29
4. “Double the Pain” … 5:25
5. “Rock and Roll Angel” … 6:25
6. “The Turn of the Screw” … 5:02
7. “Eating the Cannibals” … 3:37
8. “Follow the Tears” … 6:12
9. “Neverwhere” … 4:35
10. “Breaking into Heaven” … 7:03
Bonus Best Buy Exclusive DVD:
Making of The Devil You Know
Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Tony Iommi – Guitar
Geezer Butler – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Produced by: Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler
Dio-fronted Black Sabbath is back! Okay, not technically, but we know it’s true. When Ronnie James Dio reunited with Iommi, Butler and Appice (once again replacing Bill Ward who once again opted out) to record 3 new songs for the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years compilation and then go tour, I think most people knew (even if the band says they didn’t know) it was only a matter of time before a full new album came from this group.
It’s hard to believe in 2009, they’ve delivered classic heavy metal album that sounds like it just as easily could’ve been released in 1983. “Bible Black” is a great Dio Sabbath tune and my favorite on the record, but the band delivers with the gloomy, plodding heavy metal they are known for all. “Eating the Cannibals” is really started to grow on me, it’s one of the few songs on the album that is a fast-rocker through and through, which I’m actually a bit disappointed we didn’t get more of.
Due to the plodding nature of the album, I didn’t immediately take to some of the songs, but as I keep listening, I’m enjoying them more and more. Definitely a top release for 2009.
Of course, Ronnie’s voice is still great. The guy hasn’t stopped releasing music with one band or another since 1958 (!!!) and at 66 years old, his voice is showing no sign of weakness.
Highlights: All of it