Written By Braddon S. Williams
Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell
Following the firing of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath enlisted the vocal talents of one Ronnie James Dio to produce the outstanding Heaven And Hell in 1980.
Sabbath had been in a bit of a rut with their previous couple of albums (Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die!), so the lineup change presumably stirred their creativity. Dio had just recently parted ways with Rainbow, so the change was probably good for him, as well.
Heaven And Hell is full of amazing songwriting and performances, from the majestic title track, to scorchers like Lady Evil, Neon Knights, and Walk Away, plus more layered tracks like Children Of The Sea and Lonely Is The Word.
The production was top of the line for the time it was recorded.
I admit it is a little hard for me to accept any singer but Ozzy in front of Sabbath, the Dio era did produce amazing music (and it also allowed Ozzy’s own stellar solo career to blossom).
In that regard, change can definitely be good.
Heaven And Hell is a fantastic album from the originators of so many heavy metal moments and genres.