Oh my. This album dug its steel-tipped claws into my soul the first time I heard Dio wail out, "Don't go on, put it back! You're reading from the Bible Black!" And it hasn't yet let go.
This album is amazing. The riffs are stunning, and cry out to be played - and listened to - live. In fact, Heaven & Hell have shot to the top of the list of bands I NEED to hear live. Dio sounds as good as I've ever heard him - his voice is different to how it was in Rainbow and Black Sabbath, but it's still an absolute pleasure to listen to and, in fact, has turned me into a solid Dio fanboy. He really does sound amazing here.
What also impressed me about this album was that Iommi isn't playing ON TOP of the guitar and bass, but WITH them, which makes his solos really impressive, even though they might not be works of art like some of the other guitar virtuosos, such as Blackmore.
There are some dull tracks on here that I can't listen to individually. However, the whole album hangs together exceptionally well, and listened to as a whole, it blew me away. Standout tracks, for me, are Bible Black, Neverwhere, and Eating the Cannibals - but if you really want to do the album, and yourself, justice, then you need to listen to all of it!