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17Mar/099

Dio and Black Sabbath return with new album!

Yeah, yeah - I know that for legal purposes, it's called Heaven & Hell. But let's be realistic here, have any of us been calling Heaven & Hell by their proper name? Sure we have - Black Sabbath!

There I go again...

The cover art, recording, and track listing details have been released for The Devil You Know, the new album from Heaven & Hell, in stores via Rhino on April 28th.

The Devil You Know will be the first new album of studio material since the release of Dehumanizer in 1992. The band did record 3 new tracks for the 2007 compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. Take a listen to the lead single from that compilation, "The Devil Cried."

Black Sabbath - The Devil Cried

No wonder the girls say I'm just not "Christian" enough for them. Oh well. In my book, a little Ronnie James Dio never hurt anyone!

I'll have to admit that I wasn't always hip to Dio-era Black Sabbath. Pretty amazing, since I've always been a big fan of Ronnie James Dio. Hadn't ever listened, and it took a musical nudge from my (at the time) girlfriend's brother Carl, who immediately insisted that I should borrow his copy of Black Sabbath's Heaven & Hell, as soon as he found out I hadn't heard it. That album led me to Live Evil, and The Mob Rules after that.

Check out this amazing animation featuring art from all of the Dio-era Black Sabbath album covers:

Years later, I found myself in attendance for a reunion tour of Dio-era Black Sabbath, under the banner of Heaven & Hell. It seemed too good to be true, a concert that I couldn't possibly be witnessing, but there I was, and there they were. The results of that tour were captured nicely with a live CD and DVD recorded live at Radio City. You don't have that one? I highly recommend that you acquire it - it will be good homework for the new album and live dates that are ahead this year.

Here's the press release for your reading pleasure!

Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know

Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know (pre-order from Amazon)

HEAVEN & HELL INTRODUCES THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

Highly Anticipated New Album from Dio, Iommi, Butler, and Appice,
Their First in 17 Years, Features Epic First Single “Bible Black”

Available from Rhino Records on April 28

LOS ANGELES — After finishing several heralded world tours as Heaven & Hell last summer, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice were tighter than ever before, both musically and personally. Agreeing that it would be a shame to stop making music together at tour’s end, the quartet began writing, first in England at Iommi’s home studio and later in Los Angeles at Dio’s studio. “The band had gotten too good to just walk away,” Dio says. “We wanted to show people that we were still capable of giving them new music that measured up to what we’d done in the past.”

With that goal in mind, the band once again converged on Rockfield Studios in Wales last winter, the same place they used 17 years earlier to record their last album, Dehumanizer. The result is the long awaited new album THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, featuring 10 soon-to-be-classic tracks from the Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath. The highly anticipated set arrives on April 28 from Rhino for a suggested list price of $18.98 (physical) and $9.99 (digital).

It took less than three weeks to finish the album, with most of the songs only needing a couple of takes. “It was good to play them live in the studio. It keeps you on edge,” Iommi says. “I mean, somewhere along the line we were gonna have to play them live; might as well start in the studio.” Butler adds: “We’ve learned from the past that you can kill a song doing it over and over. The first Sabbath albums were done in two or three days. Technically they weren’t great, but vibe-wise they were great. If you capture that feeling, that’s all you need.”

“Bible Black,” the epic first single, begins with Iommi on acoustic guitar behind Dio’s plaintive wail before the rhythm shifts to a menacing stomp for the rest of this dark tale about a book of sinister scriptures. One of the first songs written for the album, Dio says it established a tone for the rest of the album. “When you start off with a blockbuster like that, it makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against.”

Iommi proves he hasn’t lost the ability to inspire six-string envy, unleashing riffs like a pack of rabid hellhounds on “Atom And Evil,” “Fear,” “Neverwhere,” and “Eating The Cannibals,” a tune about doing more than biting the hand that feeds. Butler and Appice slow the pace while ramping up the intensity on “Follow The Tears” and “Double The Pain” and “Breaking Into Heaven,” the latter diverging from its glacial procession for Dio’s majestic chorus about fallen angels planning an attack on paradise.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Track Listing

1.“Atom And Evil”
2.“Fear”
3.“Bible Black”
4.“Double The Pain”
5.“Rock And Roll Angel”
6.“The Turn Of The Screw”
7.“Eating The Cannibals”
8.“Follow The Tears”
9.“Neverwhere”
10.“Breaking Into Heaven”

  • http://www.brokenheadphones.com brian

    Interesting.

    I have to admit that was an awesome show last time they rolled through Cleveland. (Even if that moron drunk kept falling on us and Chris was forced to chuck pennies at him…)

  • Neil Cake

    “The Devil Cried” is hilarious. Do you listen to that seriously?!?

    That line: “I must not give him pleasure”.

    Priceless.

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Neil – kinda like “More Cowbell,” I have a thing for the music of Ronnie James Dio. Good humor in the lyrics, for sure! I can only imagine being a teenager that found lyrical depth in stuff like this in the 80s!!

    Brian – that was a lot of fun, wasn’t it?

  • Larry

    I am a true sabbath fan and yes I do believe they started heavy metal.I haven’t heard any of the new album,but the titles are getting my attention.

  • http://www.bibleoncddvd.com bible on cd

    Thanks for the hint, I was looking for sth. like that for months :-)

  • http://www.americanrecordablemedia.com/ Buy Blank CD

    That was great! This album rocks!

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