BLACK SABBATH — Heaven And Hell (review)

BLACK SABBATH — Heaven And Hell album cover Album · 1980 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Man i got a lot of mileage out of this cassette back in the early eighties. Of course hearing that Ozzy was out of the band was a little deflating at the time but they couldn't have picked a better replacement in the legendary Ronnie James Dio. This 1980 release isn't as doomy as their classic albums, heck even Iommi is lighting up the soundscape most of the time instead of offering up those down-tuned guitar expressions. While there are four killer tracks on here there are some average sounding tunes as well. Okay i'd describe "Walk Away" as below average and "Lady Evil" is right on the border i suppose. "Neon Knights" is a great opener as they put the pedal to the metal throughout. Love that track. "Children Of The Sea" is even better and i can't help but think of "Children Of The Grave". The title track is the longest at almost 7 minutes. Ahhh this is more like classic SABBATH with that darker vibe coming to the fore. "Die Young" is my final top four. I like the contrasts between the heavier and calmer sections. I've always felt that this could have been so much better but with the great core of songs this is an easy 4 stars.
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