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Friday, December 30, 2011

HEAVEN AND HELL / The Devil You Know (2009)

Iommi, Butler, Appice and Dio. Sound familiar? It’s hard to imagine anyone not knowing, but in case you’ve been living under a particularity nice rock for the past few decades it’s Dio era Black Sabbath in all but name. Geezer Butler brings a lifetime experience of bass riffs but doesn't dwell on past glories - sure, there are some of the old Sabs here but it’s not a rehash of old sold as new, it’s a lot of new from a bunch of olds. It’s not as good as the album from which they took their name, but I don’t think it’s possible to ever top that. It's a lot more doom sounding than anyone imagined, so it may take a few listens before you can shake the old expectations and find the stand-out tracks.

Songs of Note: Follow the Tears; Bible Black

3½ surges of power out of 5

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