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on 5 March 2006
This is beyond doubt BS`s finest moment. Iommi has the best guitar sound he ever got on record. Martin Birch`s production is flawless. He made sure that the band had great sounds something that is sadley lacking on all Sabbath`s earlier recordings. Dio gives one of the finest vocal performances on a Heavey Rock/Metal album ever. Check out "Neon Knights" for proof of Dio`s abilitys. Sabbath never sounded so complete as they do on this album. Dio`s vocals gave the rest of the band a new lease of life & insperation & it showed. "Die Young" was the single at the time & shows Sabbath using Keyboards to great effect. "Heaven & Hell" is still one of the best Metal songs ever written. "Walk Away" has one of the most commercial overtones to it Iommi ever wrote. "Children Of The Sea" has one of those glorius Dio lyrics, " On a misty morning, On the edge of time reaching for the stars we blind the sky". There`s not a bad track on this album & in a strange way all the tracks show slightly different aspects to Sabbath. By the time the tour got to the UK cracks were starting to show. Mob Rules wasn`t the follow up that had been hoped for & Dio split in acrimoney to form his own band. But this album still stands testomony to what was even for a short while the finest Metal band around with one of the truely classic albums of all time...."The world is full of kings & queens, who blind your eyes & steal your dreams...it`s Heaven & Hell" Buy now
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on 15 October 2005
Heaven & Hell marks a defining moment in the life of one of the premier rock bands in the world. In a post Ozzy era, Sabbath faced the challenge of not only seeking to keep their sense of direction, but also in their quest for a new frontman. However after a few phone calls - enter Ronnie James Dio, who having just left Rainbow, stepping into this formidable role with grace & stature. The album represents one of the finest rock banquet's of all time. A perfect blending of classic rock and mysticial imagery, that has become the Dio trademark. From the blistering opening of Neon Knights through to the classic anthem - Heaven and Hell, this album pulls no punches. Not only did the album breath new life into the band, it also attracted a whole new generation of Sabbath fans. Even after 20 years this album still feels as fresh as it did when it was first releashed. Heaven and Hell, although reveals the band in a new musical light, would give Sabbath a new lease of life that they have enjoyed ever since.
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on 14 September 2001
A huge return to form - rejuvenated by pint sized wonderthroat Ronnie James Dio exactly as Purple had been by David Coverdale a couple of years earlier. Neon Knights and the title track are classic straightforward Sabbath, Children of the Sea, Die Young and Lonely is the Word married this riff-fest to the drama of Dio era Rainbow beautifully. Iommi's guitar playing takes another step forward here, and his solos throughout are the best of his career. His work on all of the above is almost operatic in scope, drama and fluency.

All together, this was Sabbath's most coherent, consistent and vital album, it showed the so called 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' up for the spotty bed-wetters they really were.
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on 19 January 2013
Never been a massive fan of Black Sabbath as Ozzys singing wasn't always up to much. Loved to listen to Ronnie James Dio with Rainbow so decided to give this album a go. Fantastic. Ronnie's singing is perfect alongside Tony's wonderful guitar playing. And have to say I'm very impressed with bass playing by Geezer Butler. Some great songs and this album was a steal for £5.00.

Highly recommended.
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on 28 December 2015
When this was first released there was much tribal grumping from the dyed in the wool Ozzie fans who would bang on about how inappropriate it was to have a Yank fronting such an iconic band of Brummies. I didn't care then and still don't Ronnie James had been great in Rainbow and he reinvigorated Sabbath, Heaven and Hell is still one of the classic Heavy Metal/Rock albums on top of that Ozzie went on to do Blizzard of Ozz which is equally brilliant. The split did them both a world of good.
Why only 4 out of 5 ? Good as Heaven and Hell is I think Mob rules is even better.
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on 27 July 2016
Listening to it now, really like digital downloads and their immediacy. In the old days it was a trip to the shops to get a disk, then it was by snail mail as a CD or a trip to the shops. now you just think "I need some Sabbath" 2 minutes later you've paid for it and listening to it!

This is a particularly good Sabbath album!
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on 14 August 2014
i found Dio a bit late in the game.
my bad.
i then had to buy all of the Sabbath dio albums.
none disappoint.
i include the Heaven and Hell cd the devil you know.
in fact the last effort is a massive force of dark metal.

Heaven and Hell
The title track is class.
and the album continues with classic after classic.
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on 3 June 2003
After Ozzy left people generally disregard the albums that followed. In my opinion this should not happen. The first album after Ozzy is quite possible one of the best of any Sabbath Era (except the first 4 or 5 with Ozzy). Ronnie James Dio is a better signer than Ozzy and he gave the band a slightly different style than before, but that did not make them worse. All the songs on this album are classics. The power of Neon Knights at the start should get you hooked to this version of Sabbath and if it doesn't then just listen to the title track Heavena and Hell and you are sure to. This 6 minute mega track has one of the best riffs old Tony ever came up with. The track starts with a good beat and then speeds up at the end to finish with an acoustic outro to bring you back from heaven (which is where this track will send you).
Other tracks that stand out are Children of the Sea, Wishing Well and Die young.
Overall the album is one of my favourite with no skip-able tracks and it is able to be listened to over and over and over again.
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on 26 September 2005
Well if this isn't the biggest come back since Jesus then I don't know what is. After two decidedly non-metal albums 1976's Technical ecstasy (which is without doubt the weakest album of the original line-up) and 1978's Never say die, Sabbath returned with new singer, Ronnie James Dio and made not only one of the best albums of their career but one of the best metal albums.

This was the album that introduced me to Ronnie James Dio, and of course he is one of the finest singers of all time but completely different and therefore not comparable to Ozzy. Because of Dio being in the band he has a great impact on the sound and style, and for the first time on a Sabbath record Geezer Butler doesn't handle any of the lyrics, he just plays some phenomenal bass (no change there then). Heaven and Hell is the only Dio era Sabbath album to feature Bill Ward on drums, but as with the rest of the band he gives an amazing performance and shows just why he's one of the best drummers around. As with all Sabbath albums Tony Iommi writes the music and absolutely slays the competition with his rhythm and lead work. Also of note is that this is the first time Geoff Nicholls provides keys (which are never overpowering but simply provide subtle textures ever once in a while) and the first time producer extraordinaire Martin Birch worked with Sabbath giving everything a crystal clear yet heavy sound.

The songs on the Heaven & Hell album are really something special absolute metal classics. Children of the Sea, Neon Knights, Heaven and Hell and Die Young are among the best Sabbath ever wrote. On the whole the song writing is excellent only the slightly sub par Walk Away lets the side down.

So in Conclusion, This is one of the best albums ever, not that the Ozzy only fools would tell you so, they called it Black Rainbow, but listen and see that this is nothing but pure Black Sabbath.
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on 21 April 2007
This is a superb Heavy Rock Album which was so destined to fail and yet despite the critics being lined up to the slate this at the time where spellbound by the song writing, guitarting, and vocal delivery of this Album.

The Albums starts off with Neon Nights which is a Heavy speed Riff of Rock bursting from the tracks which is relentless in its delivery throughout the whole song. Where so many bands cannot deliver the vocals to such a fast tempo heavy song Dio effortlessly glides through this delivering a vocal which is almost perfect.

Children of sean, wishing well , lady evil , lonely is the world are all superb songs but the WOW factor raises yet another gear for the Title track and Die Young.

I never get bored of listening to this album and think this and it's follow up album are absolute works of art. Sabbth never came to close anything like these two albums before or after and Dio after Sabbath became predicatable.

De-humaniser was never going to live upto these 2 Albums and never did.

The Dark Sinister Riff of Iommi and Dio's haunting vocal range and delivery are so in synch it raises both their games.

Anyone who knows about heavy rock music will both agree with this and also have both Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules.
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