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The album kicks off with, in my opinion, the best Sabbath song in their entire career. "Neon Knights" also happens to be my all-time favorite rock song. Right from the start, you know that something has changed about the band. They start off with a hard-rocking groove, and then all of a sudden... Dio's amazing voice takes the music into another dimension! In terms of songwriting, this is one of the best songs in either Sabbath's or Dio's catalog. The climax of the song, though, is Iommi's guitar solo. I could listen to this guitar solo on repeat for the rest of my life. Feel it!
The second song, "Children of the Sea," is slower, and heavier. The main crawling criff is one of the best on the album, and Dio's vocal part is very melodic and beautiful. This is one of the best songs on the album.
"Lady Evil" is an uptempo rocker that makes you want to move! "There's a place just south of Witches' Valley..." This is also a highlight of the album. It has one of the best guitar solos on the record, as well.
"Heaven and Hell," for many people, is the climax of the album (and for good reason!). From the opening hard-driving riff, you know this song is going to be something special. The guitar pummels away with the rhythm section for a little while, then pulls back, leaving only the drums and a mid-paced, galloping bass line. Enter Dio!Read more ›
This is Black Sabbath's first album without Ozzy, and Dio's divine performance reveals all of the band's former front man's shortcomings. Dio has better tone, better range, and better lyrics, and is just much more powerful than anything the band released in the 70's, though most those albums stand on their own as heavy metal masterpieces.
Also improved are the guitar sound and the rhythm section. Iommi crunches out riffs that are more than heavy, more than fast, and more than perfect. Bill ward proves he can play straight 4/4 and do it incredibly well, and Geezer plays bass in a way that is unparalleled in rock.
Every song is great, the production is good, and the lyrics will suck you in. From the opening chords of "Neon Nights" to the last tear-jerking chorus and solo in "lonely is the word" Heaven and Hell will enthrall you. It is utter musical perfection and I have no doubt that it will never be equaled.
Heaven and Hell is proof that metal can be powerful, melodic, heavy, and meaningful all at the same time. It is not just for metal heads, but anyone who loves real music.
Again, utter musical perfection. The best album ever recorded.
I actually got into the Dio-Sabbath era backwards because at first I got into Dio's solo efforts. After loving his solo albums Holy Diver, The Last in Line, and Sacred Heart, I decided to go back and check out his efforts with Sabbath. Of course I heard and liked Sabbath of old but for some reason I never gave the Dio era Sabbath a whirl. All I can say is WOW!
The album definitely has the traditional Sabbath sound thanks to the guitar talents of Tony Iommi, but it also isn't exactly like their past releases either. For this we can thank Dio as like the vocalists to follow him, he was the main lyrical writer. Because he is the main lyrical writer it comes to be no surprise that a lot of these songs seem like they come straight from a Dio solo album. We even get an epic fantasy song called Children of a Sea about a society that lives under the ocean.
The album opener Neon Knights is one of Sabbath's best songs. It's a faster number with a great sing along course. Another faster song is the most excellent Die Young which features a simple yet monstrous riff by Iommi. The epic doomier title track is another one of Sabbath's best songs.
Everything is just grand about this album. The song-writing is mature and well structured and the production is crisp thanks to producer Martin Birch (who later went on to produce Iron Maiden). The songs are all catchy and the guitarmanship is aw-inspiring. The album may not be as groundbreaking as their debut or Paranoid, but it very well might be better.Read more ›
I have done a Hi-Fi(and Lo-Fi MP3 player) comparison between the 2008 Rhino and the 1996 UK castle remaster....the Castle remaster wins!
Well, on the Rhino label release it sounds like engineers attempted to add punch and volume to the mid-bass 1.0 KHZ range and they succeeded...BUT at the same time muddied the treble clarity at around the 6.0 KHZ-10 KHZ range. Normally I like juiced-up remasters, but this one sounds forced and strained in the Mid-Bass. Imagine your speakers cranked at high volume with bass all the way up..now throw a pillow over the speaker... It's so bad that you'll have listener fatigue and become annoyed by the second song.
That's how the Rhino sounds to me.
The Castle remaster as compared to the original 1980 recording has been remastered with great balance and clarity. The bass drum and bass guitar have added "whump" without the muddiness of the Rhino version. Now keep in mind, the bass drum/tom recording style of the time (1980)was with alot of dampening, so don't expect it to sound too "Fat". It was intended to sound hard and tight.
The higher frequencies have been opened up with a wider soundstage. Dio's lyrics are much easier to understand and Tony's guitar blazes just right (especially on the guitar solos of the title track #4).
...and if that wasn't enough!...the liner notes have been expanded with LYRICS!! and a short history surrounding the recording of this groundbreaking Heavy Metal recording.
It took me two tries to get the 1996 Import I was looking for, so do yourself a favor and e-mail the seller beforehand to verify just what version they have.Read more ›
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Total respect for the RJD legend. I enjoyed Last in Line / Holy Diver more but im younger than this era and if you grew up through 79/83 as a teenager you are gonna love this cd.Published 26 days ago by J. Martin
Ronnie James Dio was such a great addition to Sabbath. He could sing like a demon, and write like a metal Shakespeare. Two things no one cpuld ever say about Ozzy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael O'Brien
I would give it a review if I could only hear it. I have no idea on where the download is on my hand held device. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In 1979, Black Sabbath were thrown into free fall by the departure of iconic frontman Ozzy Osbourne. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Nasti
This definitely belongs on my list of albums to never be without!Published 3 months ago by Successor Warrior
Superb Job! Extremely satisfied and highly recommend. Thank you!Published 4 months ago by Stewart's