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Cross Purposes [Import]

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000008DHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Witness
2. Cross Of Thorns
3. Psychophobia
4. Virtual Death
5. Immaculate Deception
6. Dying For Love
7. Back To Eden
8. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
9. Cardinal Sin
10. Evil Eye

Editorial Reviews

1994 Irs Label Release. The Tony Iommi Led Ozzy-less Version of the Sabbs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Martin years December 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely a lot better than the previous Sabbath albums with Tony Martin. The addition of Geezer Butler on bass seems to light a fire under Iommi's ass, because each track on the album has something to offer. The riffing is quite memorable, especially on "I Witness", "Psychophobia", "Virtual Death" and "Cardinal Sin." Geezer and Tony have a chemistry that occurs when they play together, and it is very evident on this album.

Gone is the keyboard-dominated epic 80s metal of "Headless Cross" and "Tyr". This album focuses much more on Iommi's guitar and the way it interacts with Geezer's bass, with Geoff Nichols' keyboards added as support. Tony Martin sounds great and seems to have finally found his own voice in Sabbath. His singing is very emotive and shines on numbers like "Dying For Love" and "Cross of Thorns". He seems to have found control of his range and sings in a way that brings to mind Ray Alder of Fates Warning.

Overall the songwriting is very strong on this album. It is one of my favorite post-Ozzy Black Sabbath discs. The only drawback I can think of is that the production could use some more oomph to it, the guitar and bass tone sound thinner than they should be.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Dehumanizer never happened September 13, 2006
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After the short lived 1992 Dio reunion which resulted in the excellent album Dehumanizer, Sabbath returns with vocalist Tony Martin like the Dio reunion gig never happened after the album TYR.

Sabbath also drops the ultra heavy doomy sound from Dehumanizer and returns to more of the tradition sound that was found on the Martin albums of the past. Still Cross Purposes sounds a tad different from those albums as it doesn't have the full blown keyboard effect. Even though it doesn't quit sound the same I still feel that this would have been the natural progression of the band even if Dehumanizer never happened. It was the early 90's and Sabbath modernized their sound nicely for that era with Cross Purposes

It seems a lot of people were upset when Dio left the group again and that Tony Martin came back. I in fact was very happy as I find Tony Martin to be one of the finest vocalists to grace the genre of metal so I accepted Cross Purposes with open arms.

The album opens with I Witness, a more up beat track and a perfect way to open the album. The second song Cross of Thorns is a slower track with fantastic emotional lyrics. I've always found Tony Martin to write great lyrics and his voice just brings them to life. This track is perhaps the best on the album. The album picks up the beat again with Psychophobia with a monstrous riff by Iommi. What's interesting is Martin sounds almost like Dio sometimes on this song. Virtual Death is a much slower doomier song with an odd distortion on Martin's vocals. I wasn't too hot on this track and it's usually a skipper. Immaculate Deception is a decent heavier track right before the nice Sabbath ballad Dying for Love. I'm not sure what it is but with Iommi's guitar talents and Martin's vocals....ballads just seem to work. Good song.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Tony Martin Era Release October 15, 2006
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Another Sabbath album with Tony Martin at the helm and in my opinion another good one. "Cross Purposes" was the album that came after the ill fated reunion with Ronnie James Dio and its subsequent release "Dehuminizer". Although I am a huge Dio fan was really disappointed with the reunion effort and think that "Cross Purposes" blows "Dehumanizer" away. The music on this album sounds the most like classic Sabbath of any of the Tony Martin era recordings as the team of Butler / Iommi combine once again to produce some really strong material. Bobby Rondineli (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, And Quiet Riot) is also on hand n the drum kit and delivers a fine performance. Although he seems to get slammed by many die hard Sabbath fans I maintain that Tony Martin is an incredible vocalist and this album produces some of his best work to date. Highlights include the opening track "I Witness", the heavy handed "Virtual Death" that has Geezer's signature bottom end written all over it, the ballad "Dying For Love", and the catchy rocker "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Tony Iommi has some really tasty guitar solos on this album and shows that he was still a very capable guitarist in the mid-90's. The album peters out for me a bit with the last two tracks "Cardinal Sin" and "Evil Eye" which are ok, but nothing spectacular. Overall I would rate this right behind "Tyr" as one of the best Sabbath albums of the 80's or 90's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite from the Martin-era July 28, 2011
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Not the least fascinating thing about Black Sabbath is that there have been no fewer than three very different bands in its history, conveniently separated by the singers who shaped them: Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin. (And one can even add Sabbath No. 4 and Sabbath No. 5, for one experimental album each, since "The Seventh Star" with Glenn Hughes and "Born Again" with Ian Gillan, both from the mid-1980s, neither of which has anything to do with the other three "eras".) I confess that the Martin-era is my least favourite one, but this may well be because I came to these albums after I had been quite familiar with everything recorded with Ozzy and Dio during the 1970s and early 1980s. However, personal taste is a poor excuse to neglect the years with Tony Martin. After all the man recorded five studio albums with the band and they all range from good to very good, with occasional sparks of greatness:

The Eternal Idol (1987)
Headless Cross (1989)
TYR (1990)
Cross Purposes (1994)
Forbidden (1995)

For some rather mysterious reason "Cross Purposes" is my favourite of these. Even though I have a great deal more affection for "Forbidden" than most people do, and in any of the three albums from the 1980s there are terrific songs (say, "Ancient Warrior", "Headless Cross" and "Anno Mundi", to name but three), it is "Cross Purposes" that I most often return to when I am in the mood for Sabbath with Tony Martin.

The album is considerably lighter and somewhat less complex than his predecessors, one might even say a trifle monotonous, but it is probably the most consistent one and it has a compelling drive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reason to be proud
I like it. It's certainly an aptly titled LP. Cross Purposes may possibly be the best Tony Martin/Black Sabbath record. Read more
Published 6 months ago by King of Controversy
3.0 out of 5 stars Air conditioned Sabbath
For some reason I really like this era of Sabbath. They were just being themselves, they got a comfy lifestyle, and they are moving forward. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Mehaffey
4.0 out of 5 stars A renewed purpose
Black Sabbath has always been one of my favorite bands however after the agonizing experience of hearing "Dehuminaser" I lost interest. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rich141
4.0 out of 5 stars Tony Martin comes into his own on this one!
If you're like me, and you're curious about the awkward period for Sabbath that was the 90's, let me tell you the Tony Martin albums are worth it! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Metallikid
When it comes to the Tony Martin era of Sabbath this is one of the best ! When it comes to the lp availability it is the 3rd hardest to obtain behind Forbidden, and TYR. Read more
Published 14 months ago by E. D. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Belive it or not there's a little bit of grunge(Or 90's sound) on this...
Like I said on the title, I think that the most of the bands change their sound in some point of their lives in order to adapt to the new styles of an specific era. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ernesto S
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated album
Cross Purposes is one of the most underrated and least mentioned albums in the entire discography of Black Sabbath. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andy H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Geezer with Martin!
Good Sabbath disc, probably the second best of the Martin era (TYR being the best in my opinion). Geezer is STRONG on the bass and is a blast to listen to. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by warmertymes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Martin Album
It's unfortunate that Cross Purposes (1994) was released when it was (after Dio's departure), thereby reverting us back to the Tony Martin style that became the norm starting with... Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Possibly the best Sabbath album after the Mob Rules in 1982, with the possible exceptions of Dehumanizer or Seventh Star. A must have for any fan of hard rock music. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by B. Mier
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