In 1994, Black Sabbath released their seventeenth studio album, or at least the record company placed their name on it. This album here marks the high tide for vocalist Tony Martin. I really like this album and what it had to offer. It’s got a lot of energy to it. you can tell that Black Sabbath is feeling up to par with what they produced and wrote.
The musicianship was much tighter on this album. Tony Iommi throws out some really great riffs and solos. The return of Geezer Butler on bass is a nice added touch to it. Tony Martin’s vocals I think are very powerful. I also think that he has been accused of trying to sound like Dio, when he really doesn’t sound like him at all. Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls and drummer Bobby Rondinelli produce some very good numbers.
The one thing I like about this album is the flow from song to song. You see Black Sabbath taking some influences from the modern Heavy Metal and hard Rock gods like Alice In Chains an Eddy Van Halen. The music is a bit more Power Metal with some Stoner aspects to it. It’s also has several moments where the bass line and the guitar riffs have this 1970’s feel to it. All and all, it’s a good album.
1. “I Witness” 4:56
2. “Cross of Thorns” 4:32
3. “Psychophobia” 3:16
4. “Virtual Death” 5:49
5. “Immaculate Deception” 4:15
6. “Dying for Love” 5:53
7. “Back to Eden” 3:57
8. “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” 4:31
9. “Cardinal Sin” 4:20
10. “Evil Eye” 5:58
11. “What’s the Use?” (Japanese Edition bonus track) 3:03