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Dehumanizer

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 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 (June 30, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LUB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Computer God
2. After All (The Dead)
3. TV Crimes
4. Letters From Earth
5. Master Of Insanity
6. Time Machine
7. Sins Of The Father
8. Too Late
9. I
10. Buried Alive
11. Time Machine (Wayne's World Version)

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's another side of heaven" June 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this Black Sabbath come back album came out in 1992 or so. Ronnie James Dio was back at the helm and a very cool music video for "T.V. Crimes" (with a junky, obsolete television playing nothing but Sabbath is constantly being stolen) was playing on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. I liked the single, but only later did I purchase Dehumanizer. I was stunned at how solid this album is. It is right up there with Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. In fact, I like it better than Mob Rules. The first track "Computer God" just rocks! The vocals are awesome (as they usually are for Dio, but especially on this track). "T.V. Crimes" is a fast-paced rocker. "After all (The Dead)" and "Letters from Earth" are dark and haunting. "Sins of the Father" is a track I think Ozzy would have sounded great on as it sounds like his style. "Too Late" is one of my favorites. It is a very powerful song, quiet at the beginning and then launches into a blistering metal track with killer lyrics: "It's too late too late for tears, too late and no one hears you, welcome to forever, it's too late." "Time Machine" is the most mainstream of the tracks with two versions on this album (one from Wayne's World which I cannot tell apart from the original). The anthem here, though, is "I." It is amazing musically and lyrically: "I am virgin, I'm a whore, Giving nothing the taker the maker of war, I'll smash your face in, but with a smile." There is nothing weak on this album. It rocks from beginning to end. If you are missing this album in your Black Sabbath/Dio collection, Buy It! You will not be disappointed.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comeback September 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Dehumanizer is a concept recording dealing with the evils of modern technology.This is truly a heavy and powerful offer from what I believe was the best of all of Sabbath's lineups.Dio's masterful voice with Iommi and Butler's great riffs make "Dehumanizer" a classic.From the opening"Computer God" we have a heavy evil sounding riff with Dio's bounding voice."Letters from Earth" and "Time Machine" are also powerful,pounding songs.A favorite of mine is "T.V. Crimes" a brilliant attack on dishonest TV preachers and charletans who enslave the minds of their followers. Some other great tunes are "Sins of the Father" which has a great riff. Two of my favorites are the sociopathic "I" with it's nihlistic and narcissitic lyrics. Next is a hard pounding, powerful song called "Buried Alive" which is an attack on organized religion and it's destruction of the happiness of people. Dio's voice is a screaming, angry powerhouse on this track!

If your a fan of the Sabbath,especially the Dio era,this is a must for your collection.The "reunion" with Ozzy is not the reunion I think would be the best.Bring back Mr. Dio and his brilliant songwriting.Dio and Iommi together are the best Sabbath has offered.This brings them back to the glory days of "Heaven and Hell" and "Mob Rules".This is powerful stuff,don't pass up"Dehumanizer".

Since I wrote this review seven years ago, my dreams have come true. Sabbath is back with their best singer and frontman Ronnie James Dio as "Heaven and Hell". Their tour has been a huge success and they are back stronger than ever. If you want to re connect with this era, "Dehumanizer" would be a great start!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired reunion of the second unit... April 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to musical collaborations, you never can tell what will happen. Ronnie James Dio's previous work with Black Sabbath produced two fine studio albums, one "Heaven & Hell", is usually rated by fans as one of Sabbath's best. After leaving the group, Dio went on to a long and successful solo career.
Long hailed as one of metal's most powerful vocalists, Ronnie rejoined his former bandmates to produce an under appreciated metal masterpiece. Dehumanizer, is a powerful collection of music, with minimal filler material. Compared to Sabbath's recent recordings featuring Tony Martin's vocals, the music here definitely has a harder edge. Dio has ways been acknowledged as an outstanding songwriter. His contributions in that department take the level of quality of this recording above the typical Sabbath effort. No other Sabbath vocalist could give us songs like "I", "Too Late", and "Master of Insanity".
Tony Iommi, a heavy metal legend and creator of dozens of classic riffs, seems truly reborn here. His playing, while maintaining his signature tone seems to be exploring areas he has not been in before. The riffs are some of the best he's come up with in some time. The tone is raw, with some wide mood and tempo swings. "After All The Dead" is slow number, the opening notes of which just drip evil, setting up a heavy groove. "TV Crimes" is "speed Sabbath", played at an upbeat tempo favored by Ronnie in his solo work, the song rocks, and has a killer Iommi solo. "I" is a powerful heavy duty number featuring major wah wah usage. "Master of Insanity" has an "electric" edge, and a pounding groove that suits Dio storytelling vocal style.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath - 'Dehumanizer' (Warner Brothers) November 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After several so-so album releases carrying the name of Black Sabbath, we long-time fans FINALLY get a CD with the 'Heaven & Hell' line-up intact. Even though the 'Mob Rules' lp was good, I would say that technically this record COULD be 'Heaven & Hell' follow-up, easily. Very well done, guys. I've heard several fans (like myself) comment that Ronnie James Dio's vocals on this record simply never sounded better, in Sabbath, Dio nor Rainbow for that matter. Not sure if I'd totally agree with that, but rest assure, 'Dehumanizer' is a great reunion effort. Only downfall is I personally doubt this CD did as good as the label Warner Bros. or the band had hoped for. Notice that both guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler's overall playing here is outstanding too. Tracks that truly pull the listener in are "Time Machine", "After All", "TV Crimes" (still see the video for this song on Headbanger's Ball now and again), "Computer God", the Dio-like "Letters From Earth" and "Buried Alive". Enjoy this disc as I've met Dio himself TWICE now while catching him out on tour and he's mention to me that he'd NEVER reunite with Sabbath again because this CD marked the second time he was 'burned' by the other members. Sad, but at least fans got a 'final' chapter in the saga. Wouldn't it be great if this line-up would sometime do the annual Ozzfest summer tour instead of Ozzy? Just a thought. Recommended.

May, 2010 footnote: Dio, myself as well as many fans of your lengthy career will truly miss you. R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gotta luv Sabbath with Dio!
Published 19 hours ago by Christico1
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath's best post-Ozzy. For real.
This is the best Dio-Sabbath album; I'll stand on Martin Birch's coffee table and say that. Don't get me wrong, Heaven & Hell and especially Mob Rules are great, but they're not... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Samuel A. Rhode
5.0 out of 5 stars That's not to say that I don't like Ozzy's work
I have always preffered Dio's work with Sabbath over Ozzy's. That's not to say that I don't like Ozzy's work, I just prefer RJD. This is their best in my opinion.
Published 27 days ago by Jason Dorst
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect heavy metal album
This album sounds better and better and better every time I listen.
These days it makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
Sooo many hooks.
Buried Alive? Read more
Published 6 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I can't believe the idiots who rate this a 1 star album and say it's terrible. That couldn't be further from the truth. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Espeche
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath
I don't care what anyone thinks. You can't go wrong with Sabbath. Classic sound that is missing from todays electronic music.
Published 7 months ago by GEORGE
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Sab album!!
This album is so great I actually bought the LP as well. There is not 1 bad track on this album and after the decade long hiatus the band had a lot to prove, and right from the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Charlesu87
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath have become the darkness.
Black Sabbath were all about doom and gloom. Even in the depths of doom and gloom there was some hope to be found, revealed in Ozzy's singing or even in the Sci Fi tinge added to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by King of Controversy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dehumanizer
Next to Heaven and Hell, this is the best Dio era Black Sabbath CD, and the second best Sabbath disc overall. Read more
Published 10 months ago by richard boulay
3.0 out of 5 stars Broken CD case, but otherwise very good!
This would be a 5/5 star rating, but the CD case was damaged upon opening the package. I collect albums of all my favorite artists, and this being damaged meant I had to get a new... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Yelland
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The new remastered DIO/Black Sabbath 180g vinyl
Rhino's Web site lists that these vinyl LPs (as well as the double LIVE EVIL) will come out in early November. Not sure why the release date was bumped back.
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