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© Reprise Records
Year of Release: 1992
After All (The Dead)
Letters From Earth
Master Of Insanity
Sins Of The Father
Black Sabbath related sites:
For the first time on WSVNRadio, a Black Sabbath album that features the
vocals OTHER than the band's original lead singer, Ozzy Osbourne. Ronnie James
Dio was the [first] singer to replace Ozzy; they recorded 2 albums from 1980
to 1981. Dio left the band, but came back in 1992, with his 3rd album as lead
singer, Dehumanize). With the exception of original drummer, Bill Ward,
the other original members joined Dio on this release: Geezer Butler (bass)
and Tony Iommi (guitars). Vinny Appice joined on drums.
The basics of Heavy Metal is clearly heard throughout this album. By the
'90s, Heavy Metal Hair Bands was still a bit popular, so there are some songs
on Dehumanizer fitting that style. Also, many songs follow a more harder
heavy metal style, as heard in such bands (just starting out at the time), as
Metallica & Megadeth.
The album starts out with "Computer God, " as the only song that has
a more 1980s Hair Band Rock sound, than any other song on the album. This song
is like Bon Jovi meeting Heavy Metal with a more harder rock edge, as in the
later decades with the rock band Kiss. "After All (The Dead)" has a more
mysterious sound, like the song "War Pigs" (with Ozzy), having a more
updated Heavy Metal sound.
Metallica / Megadeth styles are heard in the songs "TV Crimes"
(definitely more speed heavy metal), and other songs having the Metallica
and/or Megadeth sound in "Letters From Earth," "Time Machine"
(both versions; the second version is from Wayne's World), and
"Master Of Insanity."
The hard rock/heavy metal of the 1990s (your typical Heavy Metal sound) is
heard on many songs as well: "Sins Of The Father," is very good,
"Buried Alive" is more louder. "Too Late" is a bit mellower,
but definitely another good Heavy Metal song, and "I" has a cool start,
and then kicks into another good Heavy metal song as well.
For the common Heavy Metal fan, Metallica/Megadeth fan, Dehumanizer
definitely has some good rock tunes. Most still say that Ozzy made Sabbath,
but the band moved on with other singers, some better than others. Sabbath
does have an intereting career without Ozzy. Guitarist Tony Iommi became the
only original member in each of the band's lineups. Kinda like guitarist
Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple/Rainbow. The post-Ozzy albums, some are better
than others, yet Dehumanizer is a good hard rock album.
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