After 10 years apart the mk III Sabbath line up (or perhaps mk IV, if were counting the Dave Walker weekend of the late 70's). However with Ronnie, Geezer and Vinnie back, certain former Sabbath members (namely Cozy Powell and Neil Murray) felt betrayed a this sudden change after the hard work they put in on the Tyr album and Headless Cross tour. But if this was a ploy on Iommi's part to boost Sabbaths profile it certainly worked as instead of having to cancel dates due to poor ticket sales, they band found themselves playing massive venues around the world.
After 10 years apart the sound has certainly changed, making 'Dehumanizer' the heaviest Sabbath album with Dio and the bands heaviest since 'Born Again'. The songs on display here and generally of a very high quality with only 'Sins of the Father' letting the side down (it's strangely reminiscent of the 'Never Say Die' track 'Hard Road'). Lyrically Dio is mainly eschewing the fantasy lyrics of old and is now singing about Computers and such, which must have been ground breaking back in 1992! Iommi of course provides memorable riffs and solos throughout. Geezer and Vinnie prove themselves once again to be the second best Sabbath rhythm section (no one did ever match Geezer and Bill in my opinion). The production on this album although a improvement on some of Sabbath's 80's work is slightly lacking as it lacks the subtly of some of the early Dio albums, perhaps the album would of benefited from Martin Birch's touch, but judging by his dire job on Iron Maidens 'Fear of the Dark' perhaps not.
Stand out tracks on this consistent and heavy album include 'Computer God', 'After All', 'TV Crimes', 'I' and 'Too Late'. The latter of which being of particular note as it has a more old school feel to it and lyrics about the 'magic one' always bring a smile to my face. So in conclusion don't miss out on this one, it's much better than it's unexplainably bad reputation in some quarters of the press.