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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Computer God (6:10)
2. After All (the Dead) (5:37)
3. TV Crimes (3:58)
4. Letters from Earth (4:12)
5. Master of Insanity (5:54)
6. Time Machine (4:10)
7. Sins of the Father (4:43)
8. Too Late (6:54)
9. I (5:10)
10. Buried Alive (4:47)
11. Time Machine (Wayne's World Version) (4:18) (Not on the UK release)

Total Time 55:53



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Line-up / Musicians


- Ronnie James Dio / vocals
- Tony Iommi / guitars
- Geezer Butler / bass
- Vinny Appice / drums
- Geoff Nicholls / keyboards


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IRS 0 7777 13155 2 7 (30th June 1992)

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3.10
(194 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
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Excellent addition to any rock music collection(30%)
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Review by clarke2001
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1 stars Here's an album worse than "Headless Cross", with a bit more diverse song titles, but equally stupid lyrics: open your eyes/and you will see/the master of insanity etc, etc. The music is again banal, with digital keyboard tapestries added a bit, I guess to make some "spacey" feel. After all, we have a songs here with titles like "Computer God" , "Letters From Earth" and "Time Machine" in two versions (like one is not enough).

That is bad, and the rest of it is bad. If you really hate yourself, go listen to "Too Late".

This album is highly recommended to Tony Iommy, maybe he will think twice and come up with something with at least some traces of decency.

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Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

Review by Gatot
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2 stars Tony Iommi worked hard to reunite the 1979-1983 lineup of the band which finally he made it. It comprised himself, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, and Vinnie Appice - for Dehumanizer (June 1992). This album brought Black Sabbath back into the American Top 50 for the first time in nine years, while in the U.K. the album spawned "TV Crimes," their first Top 40 hit in a decade. That's how the album scored in public but personally, I think this album is the worst that Black Sabbath has ever made. There is practically no soull attached to this album as it does not specify the uniqueness of Dio as well as Sabbath. This album is only suitable for fans of Black Sabbath or Dio to complete the collection - but not to enjoy the music. Keep on rockin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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1 stars Let's be honest : the late eighties / early nineties are not really the best of "Sabbath" years. Dio is back for this release, but it won't be a masterpiece. At least "Sabbath" will renew with the heavy genre which they almost forgot since "Born Again" released in 1983 (with Gillan on vocals).

"After All" and "Letters From Earth" are perfect examples of this heavy come-back; but the latter is pretty weak. With "TV Crimes", the straight and easily accessible hard-rock is performed; this is my fave. I am not really charmed with Dio's work here. He almost sounds as if he is forcing his voice all the way through. It's a pity because a song as "Master Of Insanity" really suffers from this. Great guitar work, strong riff but even melodic at times. Another of the good songs from this album (which won't feature that many).

"Time Machine" illustrates this fact brilliantly. Dio is yelling all the time and it is all too boring at the end. The heaviest one is probably "Sins Of The Father". It sounds as a lethal weapon which could destroy anything on earth. Not brilliant but not too bad. The super heavy metal in all its splendour.

"Too Late" is a bit different : it starts almost acoustic and has a crescendo building structure. There is even some good Iommi guitar solo. It is not a great song; but "Sabbath" has already produced worse than that. But the last two tracks are just unbearable. "I" and "Buried Alive" do belong to the poorest "Sabbath" output.

Iommi is more discrete than usual. Great riff of course but almost no killing soli liked he used to play. Lack of inspiration maybe. IMO this album is not as bad as "Headless Cross" (their nadir really). Just on par with most of their work after "Sabotage" (1975). If one excludes "The Eternal Idol", this album is their poorest score in the UK charts so far: it will reach the 28th spot.

I'm hesitant in terms of rating : one or two stars ? Three out of ten really. One star. "Thanks" to the poor Dio's work.

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Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars 'What do they do with your soul, Is it just lying there busted, When did you lose all control, Is there someone to be trusted?'

The much underrated Tony Martin-era was in my opinion musically very successful. However, they were not very commercially successful. Tony Iommi wanted to gain more mainstream recognition so he decided to make radical changes in both the line up and the musical direction of the band. Vocalist Tony Martin was thrown out of the band as were all of the progressive tendencies of the Tony Martin-era. The passage quoted above from After All (The Dead) describes this album quite well, I think; what did they do with the band's soul? It indeed seems to be 'lying there busted'! This passage probably also reflects how Tony Martin must have felt when he was kicked out of the band. We find here a rather 'dehumanized' band.

The line up involved here is the same as that responsible for Mob Rules which means a return of Ronnie James Dio and Vinnie Appice as well as original member Geezer Butler. Keyboard player Geoff Nicholls is - apart from Mr. Black Sabbath himself, Tony Iommi - the only survivor from the previous line up(s). Even if Nicholls never was recognized as a full member of the band (despite participating on every studio album from Heaven And Hell onwards as well as following the band on tour), he played an important part of the sound of the band's 80's albums. On Dehumanizer, however, his role is reduced considerably with the album hardly having any keyboards at all.

Despite having the same line up as Mob Rules Dehumanizer does not sound like that early 80's album, however. Rather, they created here a much more contemporary and 'trashy' sound in a very misguided attempt to achieve greater commercial success again. While Dio is usually a great singer, I do not like his vocals on this release. He is trying to sing in a more aggressive and contemporary style compared to how he sounded on previous Black Sabbath albums like Heaven And Hell and also on Rainbow's early albums. I recognize some quality here, but this music is just not my cup of tea. Geezer Butler's heavy bass lines are indeed enjoyable on songs like Time Machine, one of the better songs. But this is certainly not a return to the Geezer's days in the band.

Another problem I have with this album is its complete lack of diversity and variation. There are some decent riffs, but everything sounds basically the same. The acoustic side of the band is almost wholly absent as are the symphonic influences from the previous album. This is an entirely different beast. There is one exception though, Too Late, which seems to be based the formula of earlier songs like Children Of The Sea and The Sign Of The Southern Cross. It falls very far behind those songs in quality, however. The progressive leanings of Dehumanizer are down to zero and the lyrics are often poor.

Too conclude, sacking Tony Martin and reuniting an earlier line up was a big mistake and the resulting album is very, very disappointing. Tony and Geezer probably came to realize this and they brought Martin back into the band for the much better Cross Purposes album. I can recommend this only to hard core fans and collectors of the band, but even for us (at least for me) this album has very little appeal!

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Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars The third instalment of Dio's creation with Sabbath came in the early 90's (when no-one was paying attention anymore) with Dehumanizer and its semi-conceptual (I believe, but not sure, anyway who cares?) and the return of Vinny Appice on drums is also a good news. I believe that the early 90's where not exactly peak years, as this album went largely unnoticed by everyone, but the die-hard fans. Even I (hardly a major fan) heard only of this album in 07, after this very line-up got back together to a Heaven & Hell tour.

Actually, this album is a rather worthy one, one that makes a worthy follow-up to Mob Rules, but clearly not on the level of H&H. Iommi is in excellent form with his usual crunching and crushing riffs, with relatively short solos (there are exceptions that confirm the rules of course). Vinny's drumming was never that of brother Carmine, but remains solid, but lacking subtleties, but WTF this is a metal album, so subtlety is not exactly a keyword or an issue. Butler's bass is not the usual booming self; I find that it's more buried in the mix, which is a shame, knowing how much it made Sabbath. Dio's vocals are of the usual Sabbath calibre, meaning he tends to hold a definite line that his own albums don't or won't. Indeed the singer is not the only master on this ship, so he holds up with lyrics often pre-occupied with the usual metal canons and worries (read the track titles, you'll get an idea) and his voice is some of his career best, approaching H&H and MR days, but not nearing the Rainbow days. The songwriting is the usual (meaning from average to good) Sabbath, as there are no stinkers or duds, but there lacks a few highlights or epic.

While I would never consider this album even close to essential for progheads, to Sabbath fan it might fit that category as it definitely makes a worthy third chapter to Dio's Sabbath adventures, one that might even be better than Mob rules if it had a track of the calibre of Sign Of The Southern Cross. I guess I'll have to get an ear on the fourth chapter sometime soon.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Dio is back

Third studio album with Sabbath after more then 10 years from Mob rules from 1981. Dehumanizer was released in 1992 , and I remember I was quite exciting, because I'm a fan of this band and also a big fan of DIo aswell. The album was a return to the doomy riffs and the voice of Dio is unmatched. So the album is a good one but I don't see it as a real threat on the old albums, only a good Sabbath album, and don't reach the level od Heaven and hell or Mob rules. The voice of Dio is again on high level , just listen the opening track Computer God, Letters from Earth,Master of Insanity and Sins of the Father, like on the good old days. The guitar of Iommi did a great job again, but don't shines, only some usual riffs and usual solos, but not bad of course. All in all a god album all the way, but less exciteing than Headless cross for ex or Heaven and hell. 3 stars for Dehumanizer, a good album in Sabbath discography but nothing special either.

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Posted Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Dehumanizer" is the 16th full-length studio album by UK heavy/doom metal act Black Sabbath. The album was released in June 1992 by I.R.S./Reprise. After a relatively stabile lineup period in the bandīs history (Tony Martin had been the lead vocalist on the three previous albums and Cozy Powell had been the drummer on the last two), Tony Iommi returned in 1992 with a totally different lineup to the one who recorded the last album "Tyr (1990)". The lineup was not unknown to Black Sabbath fans though as itīs the same lineup who recorded "Mob Rules (1981)". Thatīs Tony Iommi on guitars, Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums. A welcome return to one of the most celebrated lineups in the bandīs history.

The music is a bit darker and a lot heavier than the music on the three previous Tony Martin led Black Sabbath albums. The keyboards are toned down considerably which is an excellent disposition IMO. There are predominantly intense heavy metal tracks on the album but "Too Late" brings a bit of variation to the table as itīs a power ballad. Dioīs vocal delivery is as strong ever. The man really had some strong and powerful pipes. The rest of the band are also tight and deliver a good performance. Heavy riffs and heavy beats.

The sound production is powerful and professional.

"Dehumanizer" is often overlooked by anyone but the hardcore fans of Black Sabbath which is quite a shame IMO. I really think that "Dehumanizer" is a strong album and I find it highly recommendable. To my ears "Dehumanizer" is the strongest album Black Sabbath released after "Mob Rules (1981)". A 4 star (80% rating is well deserved.

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Posted Thursday, June 11, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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4 stars Dehumanizer is another stunning powerhouse of an album where Dio's compelling vocals clash with the grandmaster of riffery Tony Iommi. It's been copied a thousand times but still Sabbath remain one of the few bands who can pull it off so successfully.

Dehumanizer was released at the height of the grunge and doom revival years in the early 90's and Sabbath could fiercely hold their ground amidst all the youths from Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Cathedral and Solitude Aeturnus. Respect! You won't find many other bands of the early seventies that were still creating something relevant at that time (or since...)

I remember that at the time of its release, everyone I knew loved this album a lot, even people that had given up on Sabbath for years. So I'm hugely surprised at the negative reception here. But then, even Heaven and Hell and The Mob Rules are highly underrated on PA. I guess it's no proggers music. It's also not polished enough for power/sympho metallers.

Whatever the reasons, this album is stunning. First of all, the song writing is as good as on the early 80's albums with Dio. But it's not just a copy of those albums. Dehumanizer is a lot heavier and harsher. Which brings me to the strong organic sound of this album. Sabbath has definitely chosen not to continue the polished and perfected production standards of the previous studio albums. Instead we get a rough and untamed sound. The guitars are sharp and edgy, the drums very direct, the bass clearly audible and Dio simply singing the stars from the sky. I would have a hard time picking favourites. Time Machine is probable the least accomplished song here but it's still good. The remainder of the songs are all very consistent, with the 3 closing tracks as absolute highpoints.

This album is a very strong 4 star and essential to any heavy metal discography. People looking to find sympho here (what gave you the idea?), you won't find it. I can guarentee you that much. Highly recommended to doomsters, grunge fans and all other dark music lovers.

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Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review by snobb
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4 stars Dehumanizer is rare listenable album from Black Sabbath from 90-s. Dio (great Dio - I love him, not because of his elves or dragons, but because he's a greatest heavy metal voice ever).

Iommy and Butler both are here and Vinnie Appice on drums isn't bad decision. Geoff Nichols on keyboards is addition under pressing of time. So, not fully classic, but strong line- up with Dio on vocals.

The music of this album isn't excellent, but is very strong and only Headless Cross is another still strong studio album starting from 1982. Yummy is in perfect form, all music is heavy, doom and almost on the level of their early 80-s. Yes, it is not another masterpiece of Heaven and Hell, but in fact is better than Mob Rules.

In comperence with previous BS albums with Dio, sound is colder, darker, less melodic. For me this album sounds as strong Dio solo work of that time. Just one song ("Sins Of The Father") musically sounds as Ozzy's song from his solo album!

Don't expect to find too much inventions there. Slightly modified under time requirements, BS just play what they know best.

One of the strongest post-1982 Black Sabbath release. Very recommended for band fans as well as for Dio fans.

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Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars My review will be the fourth straight 4 star review of this album. So don't let the low rating fool you. Thankyou to UMUR and Bonnek who relayed to me how good this album was, then to top it off Tom Ozric told me it was his favourite Dio led SABBATH album. How could I not check it out ? It does sound quite different from Dio's other two SABBATH albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". Okay were talking 10 years later but they've made this one heavier, darker and at times slower, bringing back that OZZY-led SABBATH sound more-so than the Dio years of the early eighties.

"Computer God" opens with Vinnie pounding away as heavy guitar joins in then Dio. Check out Geezer ! Man he makes a statement on this album. A calm after 3 minutes with gentle guitar and reserved vocals. Kicks back in after 4 minutes with Iommi ripping it up. "After All (The Dead)" is dark, slow and heavy. It does pick up 2 minutes in though. "TV Crimes" is heavy and uptempo as vocals join in. Guitar solo after 2 minutes. Nice bass too. "Letters From Earth" sounds so good. I really like the guitar on this one early on. "Matter Of Insanity" is a top three for me. Check out the dark atmosphere to start. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes and the chorus is excellent. Beautiful guitar solo before 4 1/2 minutes.

"Time Machine" has some catchy PRIEST- like riffs. The guitar takes off after 2 minutes. Great guitar tune. "Sins Of The Father" is another top three. Man Dio sounds like Ozzy here to start. It's building. Haunting guitar before 2 minutes. Killer tune. "Too Late" is eventually led by acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. It's fuller after 1 1/2 minutes.The guitar is screaming before 2 1/2 minutes. "I" is the other top three tune for me. It opens with guitar and vocal melodies then it kicks in heavily. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes and the guitar comes in lighting it up. This song has attitude. "Buried Alive" is heavy duty man as Dio spits out the lyrics. It does settles somewhat as contrasts continue. Check out the guitar solo 2 minutes in.

I do like "Mob Rules" and "Heaven And Hell" more but this is too good not to offer up the 4 stars.

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Posted Friday, June 25, 2010

Review by Rune2000
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4 stars After being completely discouraged by Born Again to ever trying any new music from Black Sabbath, I left the band behind me and moved to many new discoveries in the world of rock music. Although when I heard that the Mob Rules/Dehumanizer lineup had reunited and released their new album The Devil You Know I gave the band another go, seeing that they weren't actually called Black Sabbath!

That 2009-release really surprised me since it didn't sound anything like the band's two '80s releases, but I definitely enjoyed it. After overhearing two of my friends pointing out similarities between The Devil You Know and Dehumanizer, it peaked my interest and so I found myself streaming the album off Spotify. My first impression was surprisingly positive and I definitely started to question all the negative publicity that Dehumanizer had received in the media over the years.

Unlike the many energetic album openers that Black Sabbath are known for, Computer God kicked off the album with a slow groove that didn't really surprised me too much, considering that I just heard The Devil You Know, but it might have been a big surprise for the fan base back in the day. It might not be one of the stronger album openers but Computer God sets just the right mood for the magnificent After All (The Dead)! Let's get one thing clear here! I never cared for the lyrical context of Black Sabbath songs and I'm honestly surprised to see so many reviewers complaining about it. It's not like the lyrics played a significant part in the Black Sabbath songs on landmark albums like Heaven And Hell since I don't see that many people complain about the medieval dungeons and dragons imagery that was depicted there. Or do those people actually happen to enjoy that?

Musically, After All (The Dead) is an epic and it surely plays like one! We also get a Judas Priest-inspired TV Crimes and the great Master Of Insanity, which reminds me a lot of the old Led Zeppelin classic The Wanton Song. The material towards the end of the album is surprisingly strong, even if there aren't any more majestic moments, except possibly for the ballad Too Late. I'm also happy to say that the album didn't get tiresome over time and I still often play it whenever I'm in that Black Sabbath type of mood.

To me, Dehumanizer is a definite return to excellence for the band. I'd like to give a special shout out to the very underrated Vinny Appice, who does an excellent job by giving his beats that extra twist that many other drummers might have disproved of and went in either too technical style or completely underplaying the drum's role in Black Sabbath's music.

***** star songs: After All (The Dead) (5:42) Master Of Insanity (5:55)

**** star songs: Computer God (6:15) TV Crimes (4:03) Time Machine (4:16) Sins Of The Father (4:47) Too Late (6:56) I (5:13) Buried Alive (4:50)

*** star songs: Letters From Earth (4:17)

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4 stars Why oh why couldn't Sabbath just settle down with a stable line up? There is no disputing of Dio's voice and abilities however and his inclusion alone is enough to lend heaps of credibility to the album. I found this album to be somewhat heavier than the past few Sabbath albums and to be perfe ... (read more)

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