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4 stars Anno Mundi rules!

[Background vocals: Spiritu Sanctus Anno Anno Mundi]

Can you see me, are you near me? Can you hear me crying out for life? Can you tell me, where's the glory? Ride the days and sail the nights When it's over you'll find the answer Running in the whispering rain Anno Mundi? Can you wonder! Truth or thunder, life or blame

Another album with Tony Martin on vocals and Cozy Powell on drums! Well, because I had been familiar with Tony Martin's vocal quality and the music of Black Sabbath, I finally realized that this album is an excellent match between the two. You may call that this album is not like early Black Sabbath, but I really like this album. The opening track "Anno Mundi (The Vision)" is really a masterpiece of hard rock music. It does have great melody, powerful riffs by Iommi and inspiring lyrics. Play this opening track outloud in the morning when you wake up, it will blow you away for sure. Well, at least you will notice how great and powerful the guitar riffs using power chords produced by Iommi and augmented by Neil Murray's bass guitar. Awesome!

With Geoff Nichols back on keyboards, this lineup made Tyr (August 1990), which charted in the Top 40 in the U.K. but became Black Sabbath's first regular album to miss the U.S. charts. As compared to "Headless Cross" this album is much matured musically. And I think mainly was due to better chemistry between Tony Martin and the Black Sabbath's music. The following tracks are excellent as well: "The Law Maker" (3:47), "Jerusalem" (3:53). Especially with fourth track "The Sabbath Stones" (6:35) the band has put its solid foothold in the new style of music post Ozzy Osbourne. This track reminds me to "Nightwing" of "Headless Cross" album where the acoustic guitar work is used excellently.

Overall, this is a solid album by Black Sabbath. Highly recommended. Keep on rockin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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