Rating:
9.5
Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
25 April 1980


Disc I
01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell
05. Wishing Well
06. Die Young
07. Walk Away
08. Lonely Is The Word

Disc II [2010 deluxe edition bonus]
01. Children Of The Sea [live]
02. Heaven And Hell [live]
03. Lady Evil [edited version]
04. Neon Knights [live]
05. Children Of The Sea [live]
06. Heaven And Hell [live]
07. Die Young [live]


The year is 1979, Black Sabbath returned from touring in support of Never Say Die!. Tony Iommi was unhappy with Ozzy Osbourne and he decided to fire him from band. Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow in 1979 due to creative differences. Sharon Arden suggested Dio to Iommi and he officially joined the band. They started to work on a new album, which will become some of the most essential ''reading'' for every metalhead on the world.

The album was released in 1980 and since then this album is certainly one of the best Black Sabbath works. Dio brought a completely different musical direction for Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. There's a sense of renewal of an invigorated band with refreshing energy finding new heights of creativity. Although Ronnie's solo work would not be out for a couple of years yet, Heaven And Hell tends to sound more like a Dio creature than the signature sound of Black Sabbath.

The sound of this album I describe (at least for some things) as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Just check track's like "Neon Knights" or "Die Young", they are closely related to the early work of Iron Maiden. The beginning of "Neon Knights" reminds me on Iron Maiden's song "Running Free". Producer Martin Birch managed to clean the band's sound up a bit as well, making every instrument perfectly audible without making it sound processed or fake. Important elements of classic Black Sabbath are present: Tony Iommi cracks out some excellent riffs, the drums are excellent and the bass has a pretty big part in carrying the songs along. While a major selling point is the addition of Ronnie James Dio's powerful vocals, the trademark guitar potency of Tony Iommi remains integral the bands sound on the album. Compare this album with any of Tony Iommi's previous work and you'll see a clear change. The riffs are stronger and the solos are more melodic and meaningful.

The addition of Dio wasn't limited to vocals, however, as he also undertook all of Geezer Butler's duties as lyricist. He writes about magic, dragons, and other topics of fantasy and really adds another dimension to an already incredible band. Heaven And Hell is also the official debut of unofficial Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls. He was brought in to replace departing bassist Geezer Butler, who obviously decided to remain with the band. So in the end he went to play keyboards. However, he wrote the prominently awesome bassline in the album's title track. Drummer Bill Ward finally has a big bass drum sound. He finds his wings, showcasing a skill behind the drumkit, though his playing is not as heavy or as frantic as on early albums. "Lady Evil" and "Wishing Well" features some of Geezer Butler's best bass work, especially "Lady Evil" where his bass lines are main element. The album cover was great, three angels smoking cigarettes and playing cards. That could be a picture in a museum.

Heaven And Hell is not as heavy as the early Black Sabbath records, but it flourishes nonetheless because of the flawless musicianship you'd expect from Black Sabbath: the powerful vocals and intriguing fantasy lyrics you'd come to expect from Dio, and the excellent songwriting that, prior to this record's release, I don't think anyone was quite expecting from the unlikely pairing.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 9


Band profile: Black Sabbath
Album: Heaven And Hell


 


written by nicaZe | 16.06.2012


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Ace Frawley - 17.06.2012 at 01:38  
Good review - well written. It's an incredible album, that's for sure.
maged918 - 17.06.2012 at 03:37  
Very well written review, and one hell of an album.
M C Vice - 17.06.2012 at 05:21  
"Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow in 1979 due to creative differences."
Nice way of putting it. Richie Blackmore fired him cause Dio wouldn't write the lyrics Blackmore wanted him to.
Troy Killjoy - 17.06.2012 at 05:24  
Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:21
Richie Blackmore fired him cause Dio wouldn't write the lyrics Blackmore wanted him to.

I would call that a creative difference.
M C Vice - 17.06.2012 at 05:31  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.06.2012 at 05:24

Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:21
Richie Blackmore fired him cause Dio wouldn't write the lyrics Blackmore wanted him to.

I would call that a creative difference.

The sugar coated term. I want Iommi, Blackmore and Rose to form a band just to see how many people they fire in a day. Trump - The Musical.
Troy Killjoy - 17.06.2012 at 05:35  
Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:31
I want Iommi, Blackmore and Rose to form a band just to see how many people they fire in a day. Trump - The Musical.

To be managed by Luca Turilli.
nicaZe - 17.06.2012 at 22:49  
Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:21

"Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow in 1979 due to creative differences."
Nice way of putting it. Richie Blackmore fired him cause Dio wouldn't write the lyrics Blackmore wanted him to.


Those are creative differences.
nicaZe - 17.06.2012 at 22:52  
Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:31

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.06.2012 at 05:24

Written by M C Vice on 17.06.2012 at 05:21
Richie Blackmore fired him cause Dio wouldn't write the lyrics Blackmore wanted him to.

I would call that a creative difference.

The sugar coated term. I want Iommi, Blackmore and Rose to form a band just to see how many people they fire in a day. Trump - The Musical.


Probebly, Blackmore is worst of them all. He fucked Deep Purple, he fucked Rainbow and now he fuck Candice

Axl is biggest moron on the whole world. Why he hates Slash so much.
ianathema - 18.06.2012 at 03:55  
Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"
M C Vice - 18.06.2012 at 11:16  
Written by ianathema on 18.06.2012 at 03:55

Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"

Cause there's more likely to be something interesting in 30 years of history than 2 ears of history. New bands havn't had time to rub anyone the wrong way yet.
nicaZe - 18.06.2012 at 12:08  
Written by ianathema on 18.06.2012 at 03:55

Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"



Probably, because everyone has different taste. What's wrong with old school heavy metal bands. It's better to do review for such a great album and so much time listened then for some album released a few month ago. You change your opinion hour to hour. I enjoy old school bands, you enjoy 'new bands'.
BoxCar Willy - 19.06.2012 at 14:38  
Written by ianathema on 18.06.2012 at 03:55

Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"

Wow, that's a good troll, I almost fell for it there.


Good attempt!
Lit. - 21.06.2012 at 19:34  
Written by ianathema on 18.06.2012 at 03:55

Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"

Why can't you divert your attention to the door and let it hit your ass on the way out?
nicaZe - 22.06.2012 at 01:00  
Written by Lit. on 21.06.2012 at 19:34

Written by ianathema on 18.06.2012 at 03:55

Why can't everyone just divert their attention to "modern bands"

Why can't you divert your attention to the door and let it hit your ass on the way out?



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