The Devil You Know review by Heaven & Hell

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  • Released: Apr 28, 2009
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.1 (102 votes)
Heaven & Hell: The Devil You Know
7

Sound — 10
I'm personally loving the sound off this album. The first song is Atom & Evil (a play on adam & eve) and it begins with a slow, yet hugely powerful riff from Iommi on guitar. Then Dio comes in on vocals over a chugging heavy riff. The rest of the songs don't fail to impress on this front either, with my personal favourites being Atom & Evil, Rock and Roll Angel, Bible Black and Breaking into Heaven.

Lyrics — 10
As any true Dio fans know, his lyrics are always straight from the heart right through from the outset, Holy Diver right through Strange Highways and Master of the Moon right up until now. He's back again, singing in his paradoxes as always, "I'm here for you, said the spider to the fly, and when you're through you can open your eyes to see." Only one example from Atom & Evil. The verses in all of the songs are massively complimented by Iommi and Geezer's heavy chugging riffs and the choruses just as much so, and Geezer's complex bass patterns don't go unheard throughout.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, it's easily comparable to such early Black Sabbath with Dio albums as Dehumanizer and The Mob Rules due to it retaining the same overall makeup, Geezer Butler on bass, Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar and Vinnie Appice on drums. As I say, my personal favourites are Atom & Evil, Rock and Roll Angel, Bible Black and Breaking into Heaven. Hopefully this review isn't too biased due to me loving Dio forever, but I've tried to be fair to all partys. Particularly the Dio partys.

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MasterExploder0
    Heard Bible Black last saturday, was really impressed. After all these years Dio's voice is as powerful as ever. Hope to pick this up soon.
    DIOFan_92
    Its a gr8 album, I really love Fear, Bible Black, Double The Pain & Eating the Cannibals, there isnt any weak song on it, just some average moments at the worst. Iommi truly is a never ending well of divine riffs, and I dont need to say anything about RJDs voice and Geezers masterful basslines. Thou its hell of a gr8 album, not worth a 10/10 (only few albums are in my books), I would say about 9/10. Sabbath (yes,yes) is back - and in a glorius, triumphant form.
    UnaLaguna
    I'd say 8.5/10. It doesn't have the same polish as Heaven and Hell or Mob Rules, but is definitely better than Dehumaniser, which was still a very solid album. Well worth getting for any Sabbath or Dio fan.
    xHellbound
    I thought this album was great. But, maybe rate it a 9 and not a 10. On the first listen, the only tracks that stand out are the Double the Pain bass lick and Rock and Roll Angel solo (and headbanging rhythm under solo). After the tracks defined themselves, it was so hard to pick a favorite. And the reason I would rate it 9/10 is because Nevermore isn't that great of a track. Favorite song: Atom & Evil Solo(s): Bible Black Rhythm: Rock And Roll Angel (heavy riff under solo)
    Dragon Fly
    FearOfTheDuck wrote: TheEsupremacy wrote: I guess I'm the only realistic one here. The album is "meh" at best. I was actually disappointed. It seemed rushed for as long as they took. i agree, it hasnt got that kick what heaven and hell/mob rules did
    The album has got a very dark and doomy atmosphere, it's slow and haunting. Yes, it's different from Heaven and Hell, but it's great in it's own way!
    Dragon Fly
    Psycho Pigeon wrote: doesn't anyone find that a lot of the songs sound the same as each other?
    NO! Because that's not true. Maybe when you listen the album for the first time, but if you listen it more you will here the difference. Great album!
    FearOfTheDuck
    TheEsupremacy wrote: I guess I'm the only realistic one here. The album is "meh" at best. I was actually disappointed. It seemed rushed for as long as they took.
    i agree, it hasnt got that kick what heaven and hell/mob rules did
    Viking-Shredder
    You can't be the only "realistic" one. If the album is "meh" at best, then that's what we call an "opinion." Anyways. Personally I really enjoyed the album, and love every song on it more and more as the CD is on repeat in my stereo.
    TheEsupremacy
    I guess I'm the only realistic one here. The album is "meh" at best. I was actually disappointed. It seemed rushed for as long as they took.
    akronos
    kickass album. lol bible black is also the name of an anime porn, and a good one too XD
    akronos
    kickass album. everytime i look at the track list i laugh, though. bible black is also the name of an anime porno lol and a good one, too XD
    Slashness
    I saw them last summer with Judas Priest, Testament, and Motorhead. They sounded amazing and I was surprised how powerful Dio's voice still is.
    Andragon
    I listened to Bible Black a while ago. I thought it was nice. Missing the old school tone, but still heavy.
    StonerHate
    Great album, Dehumanizer is one of my favourite CD's and this is just awesome, as the other guy said, very powerful. Can't wait till they come to Manchester!
    Dio10101
    Dio is like fine wine, they both get better with age. Damn, he has still got that voice from Holy Diver.
    I am the Drake
    I'm not a very big fan of Dio but I love this album. I could listen to it all day just for the music. It has a very powerful sound, which I like very much. I'd rather see a new Black Sabbath album with the original line up. But this will do for now.