Fans lucky enough to score tickets to Heaven And Hell's Radio City Music Hall performance on March 30, 2007 - the concert sold out in a matter of minutes - were fortunate witnesses to the glorious return of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice. Onstage in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, the group let loose an onslaught of iconic metal spotlighting Dio's memorable tenure with Black Sabbath. Rhino relives every bone-crushing riff and thunderous howl from the evening with the release of Live From Radio City Music Hall on DVD. Live From Radio City Music Hall captures the band bashing its way through some of the Dio era's best. The quartet also performed a pair of new songs - the hit single 'The Devil Cried' and 'Shadow Of The Wind' from the Rhino CD Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. The DVD includes the entire show shot in breathtaking HD, as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.
Comprised of former members of Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell grew out of a 2006 reunion of post-Ozzy frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice for the purpose of recording new tracks for a Sabbath compilation called The Dio Years
. Heaven & Hell then toured, drawing deep from the Dio-era Sabbath catalogue. The masterful Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall
is one result of that rekindled partnership, a two-hour, Gothic metal marathon filmed in 2007 before a thrilled New York City audience. Largely comprised of classic Sabbath material, the show unfolds with a deceptive ease. The seasoned bandmates play with graceful concentration even as they plunge into the maw of doomstruck power chords and grinding riffs, the wiry Dio stalking Heaven & Hell's swampy sound like some fusion of a crow and benevolent overlord. At times, it's impossible not to contradict oneself while trying to describe the group's intricate, paradoxical sound: "Children of the Sea," for instance, is somehow both a snaking and watery mystery. "E5150/After All (The Dead)" is equally epic and nonchalant. "I" is a show-stopping, nightmarish blues that leans toward the anthemic, while "Falling Off the Edge" is highlighted by a molten rhythm and Dio's taut vocal. This is a fine outing from a historic ensemble. --Tom Keogh