Heaven and Hell

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1980 Ratings: #55 / 126
User Score
Based on 186 ratings
1980 Ratings: #43
Liked by 13 people
April 25, 1980 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo / Label
Martin Birch / Producer
Heavy Metal / Genres
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Ozzy is gone for now, but that only means that this album is a breath of fresh air. The new lead singer has a smoother voice, but he still compliments the instrumentals quite nicely. The guitars are a bit stronger on here than than anything on the last 2 records. In fact, this entire record is a major improvement on nearly all fronts. A lot more stuff I can dig my teeth into here. I feel like I'm listening to an entirely different band, but I think that's all I needed 😃
Discography Diaries #5: Black Sabbath
Album #9: Heaven and Hell
Genre: Heavy Metal
Date: 24/08/2020
Time: 2:55 PM

Continuing on with my dive through Black Sabbath's discography let's talk about the bands 9th album, Heaven and Hell. Heaven and Hell is the first album in the bands catalogue that doesn't have Ozzy Osbourne on it, he was kicked out of the band at this stage and he was replaced by Dio of Rainbows fame. The last few Black Sabbath albums haven't had much of direction and they ... read more
this isnt ozzy
Heaven & Hell is the first Black Sabbath record to include Ronnie James Dio as lead vocalist, at the time famous from being the vocalist for Rainbow. Although this isn't the best Sabbath record, it's still a great release from them and Dio certainly shows that he is a capable successor to Osbourne.

This is easily the best release they've had in years. Both instrumentally and vocally, it's clear that everyone involved has so much more motivation to really put effort into their parts. I may ... read more
Ronnie James Dio was put in the band as a replacement for Ozzy Osbourne, and he does a damn good job in the role as lead vocalist. He's slightly more over-the-top but it fits these songs really well and it created a small quality resurgence after the disappointments that were Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die.
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Added on: April 7, 2013