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On disc: Heaven & Hell

Live at Radio City Music Hall - Jrg Petersen - 10 stars
The Devil You Know - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio is now active as Heaven & Hell - and after some shows and a live album they present a new studio album. If it will become another milestone like Heaven And Hell or Mob Rules, only time will tell. The foursome managed to write an album which sound like it was a follow-up of these albums. Songs like Atom And Evil, Black Bible and Eating The Cannibals bring back the doomy vibe. At some songs Tony Iommi seems to dominate while others were dominated by Ronnie James Dio. You might miss a real catchy one, but to be honest the songs of their classics needed time to grow on me, so that's not really something to criticize. Especially as Bible Black has its moments of catchiness. Perhaps a bit more Dio-ish, but a great tune which makes it easy to get into the album. Vocally Mr. Dio seems to stay close to the classics and not to slip into the style he's using at his solo band and so makes it differ a bit from his stuff. Beside that the album shows them on a high level, but that was something to expect. Heaven & Hell won't surprise you, they deliver what the fans expected from them! Some might say it's too backdated, some will find it not as good as their classics... Well, the expectations are very high and so it's almost impossible to satisfy the music fans. The Devil You Know is more then an average album! Its a strong album which might become another milestone, but this is up to judge by metal fans in future!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Live at Radio City Music Hall

Live at Radio City Music Hall
(Steamhammer - 2007)

Everyone who saw Heaven & Hell at one of the festivals shared a magic moment with band and fans. It's Black Sabbath even if they have to use the name Heaven & Hell. Masters of heavy rock they are and it's amazing to see Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice. The current band is named after the first album Black Sabbath recorded with ex-Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, even if they had still Bill Ward on drums and this is the line-up of Mob Rules. Iommi and Dio started talking when the label wanted to release The Dio Years and after getting through the material decided to add some unreleased songs. And started writing new tracks. It was obvious that the fans wanted to see them live and to avoid confusion.
The album - and DVD - were recorded at March 30th 2007 in New York at the legendary Radio City Music Hall which was sold out within hours the tickets got on sale.
The have only 3 albums under the belt, but are able to play a 2 hours long set without playing any other Black Sabbath song. Songs like Children Of The Sea and Neon Knights sounding fresh after all those years! It's a magic combination and the oldsters of heavy rock are still kicking ass! If you haven't seen them live yet, try to catch them somewhere! In case you can't, then consider to get the DVD - or DVD / CD box - and feel the magic! Many thanks for coming back and play!

Track list:

CD 1:

E5150 / After All (The Dead)
The Mob Rules
Children Of The Sea
Lady Evil
The Sign Of The Southern Cross
The Devil Cried

CD 2:

Computer God
Falling Off The Edge Of The World
Shadow Of The Wind
Die Young
Heaven And Hell
Lonely Is The Word
Neon Knights

10 stars

Jrg Petersen
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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