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3 stars I listened to this after listening to BS's eponymous first album. Its weird, but the style is oddly similar. I really don't get why folks so hate this.

The sleeve is many times better than the messy 'arty' ones from the Dio era - but then again, the Dio era got so carried away with itself, that's to be expected! There is a really strong Gillan influence in some of the lyric and song content, but that's to be expected. The thing is, it works! Disturbing The Priest is possibly the stand out track, producing an amazing blend of Gillan's trademark vocals and Iommi's heaviest guitars. Something that RJD never got close to.

Zero the Hero and Trashed battle for second place, with their frantic guitars, and divebombing rhythms. What holds them back is the stronger Gillan edge. You begin to hear what IG would have done with his own band, had they been a little less MOR in style.

The insertion of the two moody intros, long missed other than E5150 from Mob Rules, gives for another return to the long gone great days.

Born Again kind of takes you back to the more blues like stuff that Ozzy-BS produced in the early days. Hate to say it, but IG's vocals work better than Ozzy's would!

So why don't I give this 4 stars? Well, great as this album is, it doesn't quite fit in the BS canon they way it should. Think of Rainbow in the Bonnet days. The sound was there, but it just didn't quite fit right.

oldgoat | 3/5 |


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