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on 13 October 2013
Deep Purple, pre-Morse, are my favourite band of all time, and Sabbath with Ozzy or Dio are my second favourite band of all time. However, adding the two together creates one of the worst albums of Sabbath and Gillan's careers, it just doesn't work.
The Pro's:-
1. Performance wise, Iommi, Geezer and Bill are on fire throughout. Bill's drumming on this is, most surprisingly, even better than on Heaven and Hell in some places.
2. Zero the Hero is a classic Iommi riff, Slash obviously thought so, as is Born Again.
3. Er... that's it!
The Cons:-
1. Gillan's performance is patchy. His voice is noticeably rough in a number of songs and his Rock 'n' Roll influenced melodies, with lyrics of Booze, Girls and Cars, topped off with that Little Richard scream, sit uncomfortably on top of the heavy slab of doom the other three are laying down.
2. The production is terrible. Bill Ward's snare sound is awful, sounding more like an early 80's drum machine than a real drum and although the remastering clears up a lot of the bottom end muddiness of the original Vinyl & CD, listening to the album is still like being hit over the head with a sledge hammer for 40 minutes. Iommi's guitar sound is so tinny/bright throughout it hurts your ears.
3. The songwriting isn't great either, most of the tracks sound like Gillan out takes with Iommi on guitar, especially Digital Bitch, Hot Line and Keep It Warm.
Basically, it doesn't sound like Sabbath and to be fair, wasn't suposed to, only Don Arden's greed saw to it that it was released as a Black Sabbath album. However, whatever it would have been called doesn't stop it from being awful. Born Again? No, Abort Quickly more like!
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