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Black Sabbath


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5 stars Perhaps the most solid Sabbath effort featuring vocalist Tony Martin, and perhaps their best album of the decade. Cross Purposes offers a wide range of compositions, from the speedy intro 'I Witness' to the doom that is 'Virtual Death' through to the ballads such as 'Dying for Love'. The return of Geezer Butler is welcomed yet the departure of Dio is probably the main reason why this album goes relatively unnoticed. The songs are masterful and this has to be seen as one of the band's finest albums. It's great to listen to, every track is a delight, it contains catchy choruses, more classic Iommi riffs and is overall an explosive effort. It's not as heavy as Dehumanizer and there's non of the intense reverb and synth layering that featured on the late 80s releases and 90s TYR. It's once again another underrated gem from the Tony Marin era of Black Sabbath; here he is singing at his best and this can be seen as one of the greatest Sabbath albums.

Top Three Tracks:

1) I Witness 2) Virtual Death 3) Evil Eye

dalekvilla | 5/5 |


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