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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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“The Rules Of Hell” by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “The Rules Of Hell”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 7/22/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

Heavy Metal fans that have prayed to whatever gods they prefer will find themselves pleased at the news informing them that all of the albums recorded with Ronnie James Dio would be getting the remastering process done to them and be released together as a deluxe boxed set. Several years ago, Rhino Entertainment did the same thing with all of the Ozzy Osbourne recordings and released “The Black Box”. There was only one bonus track on it, but the book enclosed read like a history lesson on the ones who kicked this whole genre off as a whole. The downside was that it stopped at Ozzy but now some twenty-eight years after Black Sabbath Mark II came into existence, we would get our chance to not only relive the greatness of that lineups music, but also learn some vital details about this point in the bands career as they try to successfully move on from replacing a figure like Ozzy Osbourne. With the scope of this release covering four individual albums we have decided to break them up one by one and offer up some thoughts on each of the releases. Believe me readers, I was as excited for this one as you probably are so let’s get down to business.
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