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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 (April 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000008DHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,556 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.

Customer Reviews

Dying for Love - Very emotional track.
This is a great Black Sabbath album and the best of the Tony Martin era.
This song is pretty good and should be the start of the album!
Matthew Jordan

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tobey on 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on September 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Arsov on July 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim on March 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Cross Purposes was recorded in 1993, and released in 1994. It follows the dissolution of the Dio reunion. It featured Tony Martin on vocals, Tony Iommi, on guitars, Geezer Buttler on bass, and Bobby Rondinelli on drums. This is the only Black Sabbath studio release to contain both Geezer and Martin (Geezer and Martin were both on Cross Purposes Live, as well.) In my opinion this is a very good album. Headless Cross is the definitive album with Tony Martin, but this is right up there! I think Dehumanizer was a great heavy album, and Cross Purposes, while not as heavy, is certainly a worthy follow-up. When Geezer and Iommi get together, you know it's going to be a great album. Here's my breakdown:
1. I Witness - One of my personal favorites, I think it's a great track to open the album with. Martin sings lower than normal, and it's very fast paced. 100%
2. Cross of Thorns - Another excellent track, I like to play this one on the guitar. Very energetic. 100%
3. Psychophobia - While COT saw us slowing down, this song picks right back up. Short and sweet. 95%
4. Immaculate Deception - Album slows down a bit here, but by no means gets bad. An excellet moderate tempo song. The keyboards are a bit overdone though. Second half of the song is really good. 90%
5. Virtual Death - Heavier, darker. Very simple guitar part, still rockin' though, Martin sounds good. 90%
6. Dying for Love - Very emotional track. Iommi really shines on this song. Martin penned some really dramatic lyrics here I think. 100%
7. Back to Eden - Starts off with a good riff, but this is my least favorite track. It has potential, but it just doesn't work. Certainly not bad though. 90%
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