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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0021TVYV2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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For many dyed-in-the-denim metal fans, The Devil You Know will not be considered the debut album by a band called Heaven And Hell: it will be greeted as nothing less than the return of Black Sabbath--specifically, the incarnation of Sabbath fronted by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio following Ozzy Osbourne’s sacking in 1979, who debuted with an album named Heaven And Hell the following year. Dio remains a divisive figure in the Sabbath annals, his full-lunged thespian delivery and schlocky, swords-and-sorcery lyrics likely to separate the metalheads from the day-trippers. The band themselves, though--Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice--make a good showing, with Iommi on particularly strong form, whether dispensing sludgy, lead-heavy riffs on "Fear" or unleashing terrific wah-wah solos on "Eating The Cannibals". A largely heavy set, "Bible Black" is notable in its use of light and shade, beginning from a mournful, acoustic introduction strafed with high notes that dissolve like shooting stars, and finding its groove as a burly, slow-paced rocker that sounds like it could bound canyons. -- Louis Pattison

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Ant Etches on 27 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
After Ozzy Osbourne's dismissal from Black Sabbath, the iron-lunged, swords and sorcery-obsessed Ronnie James Dio joined the band and helped to create an entirely different vibe altogether, on the well-recieved Heaven and Hell album. A solid follow-up, The Mob Rules (on which drummer Bill Ward was replaced by Vinnie Appice) was then followed by a break-up of this Sabbath v2 lineup, until 1992 when they reunited to create the dark, heavy Dehumanizer. Since the lack of creativity the original line-up experienced when they reunited and attempted to create an album was frustrating, the classic Dio-era group is back together (albeit prevented from being called Black Sabbath legally by the Osbourne camp).

The album they have created here is a mouth-watering proposition for any die-hard Black Sabbath fan, especially if they enjoyed the new tracks on 2007's compilation, The Dio Years. The first six tracks on this ten track album are heavy and mid-tempo, showing traits of the classic Black Sabbath of old. Single Bible Black is one highlight, beginning with a calm, acoustic intro (quiet moments are few on this record, unusual in comparison to older Sabs albums) with Dio's masterful vocals before blasting into full heavy riff mode. Things change up a bit when Eating The Cannibals begins, Appice's thundering drums going at a faster pace along with the rest of the band on a song that is this record's Neon Knights or Turn Up The Night. The 7 minute tour-de-force that is Breaking Into Heaven is a great way to close the record.

Tony Iommi sounds as if he is releasing a creativity that he has desperately been trying to unleash for some years (which seems to be true). On The Devil You Know he creates some of his heaviest and most doom-laden riffs ever.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Agma on 27 April 2009
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Back in the late nineties after a short lived reunion tour with Ozzy which as far as im aware spawned only a live album and an exhaustive supply of fresh compilations, Black Sabbath were on a collision course with the bottom of the barrel, which as a result might well have spelled the end for them.

Luckily what turned out, as is currently Heaven and Hell; Is a rebranded Sabbath, a fresh start, and a shake-off with all that controversy that plagued them through the Martin years. with a 3rd dio reunion and a live concert "Live at Radio city hall" in 2007 which was umbelievable! they continued on, and today after picking up my copy at 9.00, and listening to it all day i have come to the conclusion that we already may have a Metal album of the year on our hands and it's still only April.

Heaven and Hell, "Devil you know" is Sabbath through and through, an absolutely scorcher of an album, which breezes past pretty much everything they had done since Mob Rules right the way back in 1982, complete with the usual trademark Sabbath cymbal crashes, pummeling riffs and thuddering Bass it is you may note a very heavy album (even discounting the high volume recording technics and distortion so commonly used these days) and so often blamed on poor sound quality. No such problem here it sounds awesome.

The tracks are all excellent with no obvious weak numbers, which is as we have come to expect. Obviously everyone has their favourites, but mine are "Bible black" "Double the pain" and "Eating the cannibals" however only my small margins as all the songs are of such a high standard as it is a combined effort, the listener is unlikely to be reaching for the skip button.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Locke on 26 May 2010
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I bought this CD just a month prior to the sad passing of Ronnie James Dio, one of the most gifted
rock vocalists to ever grace a stage and I am pleased to say he has left us on a high note and wanting
more. Talking of high notes, he can still hit them on this album no problem but his voice does creak a
bit here and there, he was afterall 66 when he recorded this! To put it in perspective with other Dio
/sabbath recordings it is a lot better than Dehumaniser but not quite as good as Mob Rules, Heaven and
Hell being the untouchable classic that is RJDs carreer high for my money.Getting back to the Devil you
know,I can honestly say the songs are good,the production is fabulous,(a real sense of dread which reminds
me of Master of Reality)and the tunes are delivered with a hunger and enthusiasm that defy the band members
age. Great sleeve too. Well worth having !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2009
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Better the devil you know eh? clearly the band have taken the view that sticking with what you know gets results,i've always felt that dehumanizer was a mis-step,decent album but not the true follow up to mob rules,this is, the final part of an unholy trilogy.From the ist track Atom & Evil, a maolevelant brooding track with Iommi classic riffing to the fore and Dio's stunning vocals enhancing the music,this is everything Heaven and Hell are about,it would be pointless to disect the album track by track,there are of course references to all era's of their careers,a lyric here, a riff there, pointing to earlier triumphs,but all you need to know is that its top class music from a legendary band,this could very well be the album of the year,over to you Ozzy!!!

PS the dvd is ok probably a one time watch,interesting nothing more
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