Black Sabbath – The Dio Years (2007)

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I have a confession to make: Metal fan that I have always been, I’m not particularly a Black Sabbath fan. I know, I know: You’re all black-listing me right now.

See, the thing is, I’m not a particularly big Ozzy Osbourne fan. I tried, really, I did. I owned a lot of Ozzy stuff back in the day, listened to him a lot, even went to a concert, but ultimately just didn’t wind up worshiping at the throne of Ozzy and, therefore, Sabbath.

That’s not entirely true; I didn’t completely write the band off. In what is one of my bizarrely open-minded moves, I really loved the Tony Martin-fronted version of the band, especially Headless Cross.

And while I was aware of the Ronnie James Dio-fronted version of the band, I just never got around to checking them out. I moved on from being a metal die-hard for a while to other things, but in recent years have been slowly re-integrating a lot of older metal material.

What we’ve got here is five tracks from Heaven and Hell, four from Mob Rules, three from Dehumanizer, one from Live Evil, and three brand new songs that Dio wrote. So, finally, after all this time, the Dio-era Sabbath is finding a home in my collection.

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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