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.