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“Dehumanizer” (remaster) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Dehumanizer” (remaster)
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 10/17/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

In order to properly celebrate the reunion of the “Mark II” version of Black Sabbath, Rhino Entertainment recently released a four CD boxed set called “Rules Of Hell”. The set featured remastered editions of all the albums with singer Ronnie James Dio on them and I am speaking of “Heaven And Hell”, Mob Rules”, “Live Evil” & “Dehumanizer”. This was a great way to once again enjoy some truly killer Metal from a lineup that was at first met with a lot of hesitation. The albums were packaged in a beautiful slipcase box and each featured brand new liner notes from notable journalists – truly this served the needs of those who had been clamoring for all of these releases to finally receive the remastering treatment. Of course, there are many who only liked one or two of these albums and those listeners might not have had any interest in shelling out the necessary dollars for the package of four and would instead prefer to purchase the one or two that were their favorites of the bunch. Lucky for them, Rhino Entertainment has chosen to release individual versions of these four genre-defining albums. Having already reviewed the boxed set in an album by album fashion we have chosen to break that commentary up by individual release and expand ever so slightly upon those first thoughts to better focus on each unique album and what it meant to the Heavy Metal legions. Read on.
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“Mob Rules” (remaster) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Mob Rules” (remaster)
Label Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 10/7/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In order to properly celebrate the reunion of the “Mark II” version of Black Sabbath, Rhino Entertainment recently released a four CD boxed set called “Rules Of Hell”. The set featured remastered editions of all the albums with singer Ronnie James Dio on them and I am speaking of “Heaven And Hell”, Mob Rules”, “Live Evil” & “Dehumanizer”. This was a great way to once again enjoy some truly killer Metal from a lineup that was at first met with a lot of hesitation. The albums were packaged in a beautiful slipcase box and each featured brand new liner notes from notable journalists – truly this served the needs of those who had been clamoring for all of these releases to finally receive the remastering treatment. Of course, there are many who only liked one or two of these albums and those listeners might not have had any interest in shelling out the necessary dollars for the package of four and would instead prefer to purchase the one or two that were their favorites of the bunch. Lucky for them, Rhino Entertainment has chosen to release individual versions of these four genre-defining albums. Having already reviewed the boxed set in an album by album fashion we have chosen to break that commentary up by individual release and expand ever so slightly upon those first thoughts to better focus on each unique album and what it meant to the Heavy Metal legions. Read on.
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“Live Evil” (remaster) by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Live Evil” (remaster)
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 10/17/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In order to properly celebrate the reunion of the “Mark II” version of Black Sabbath, Rhino Entertainment recently released a four CD boxed set called “Rules Of Hell”. The set featured remastered editions of all the albums with singer Ronnie James Dio on them and I am speaking of “Heaven And Hell”, Mob Rules”, “Live Evil” & “Dehumanizer”. This was a great way to once again enjoy some truly killer Metal from a lineup that was at first met with a lot of hesitation. The albums were packaged in a beautiful slipcase box and each featured brand new liner notes from notable journalists – truly this served the needs of those who had been clamoring for all of these releases to finally receive the remastering treatment. Of course, there are many who only liked one or two of these albums and those listeners might not have had any interest in shelling out the necessary dollars for the package of four and would instead prefer to purchase the one or two that were their favorites of the bunch. Lucky for them, Rhino Entertainment has chosen to release individual versions of these four genre-defining albums. Having already reviewed the boxed set in an album by album fashion we have chosen to break that commentary up by individual release and expand ever so slightly upon those first thoughts to better focus on each unique album and what it meant to the Heavy Metal legions. Read on.
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“The Dio Years” by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “The Dio Years”
Label: Rhino Records
Release Date: 4/3/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

The saying is that all good things come to an end and such would be the case for Ozzy Osbourne and his mates in the legendary Black Sabbath. After defining a generation and founding a genre they would each go in separate directions. Ozzy would begin a prolific solo career while Sabbath would carry on once a suitable performer had been found. A replacement was found in former Rainbow/Elf singer Ronnie James Dio whose voice was like the shriek of a banshee compared to that of Osbourne, and while the fans cried “blasphemy” or “this will never work” – it very simply would. They would record “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” and follow them up with the concert recording “Live Evil”. Bill Ward would move on after “H&H” to find Vinny Appice in the drummers chair from then on. Dio would eventually move on to front his own band and years later return to help the guys once again with the recording of “Dehumanizer”. This long overdue collection of Black Sabbath’s years with Dio celebrates some of the classic music they made together and as you listen you will be reminded of how Sabbath became a new and threatening presence to the non-believers of the Heavy Metal cause. Songs like the epic “Heaven And Hell” and “Children Of The Sea” became favorites while the follow up “Mob Rules” and “Turn Up The Night” showed the group as very in touch with the current Metal vibe. Leaders yes, but still capable of adapting to an ever-shifting musical scene. Sabbath was different with Dio and this allowed the classics to remain as such until years later when some of this lineup’s songs would achieve similar status. A long time coming, but most certainly deserving of such acclaim.
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