The Devil You Know (2009) There is a small group of Black Sabbath fans who believe the band produced its best work after singer Ronnie James Dio replaced Lord of… 2009-04-28 Metal
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The Devil You Know (2009)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Apr 28, 2009; Genre: Metal

There is a small group of Black Sabbath fans who believe the band produced its best work after singer Ronnie James Dio replaced Lord of Darkness/future variety-show host Ozzy Osbourne in the late '70s. Alas, their case will not be aided by their new album, The Devil You Know, from that (renamed) lineup, with metal tracks such as ''Double the Pain'' and ''Atom and Evil'' sounding turgid compared with the 1980 song that gifted the quartet its new name. The lively ''Eating the Cannibals'' boasts some nice shredding from guitar legend Tony Iommi. But this is mostly just hellish. C–

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Originally posted Apr 14, 2009 Published in issue #1044-1045 Apr 24, 2009 Order article reprints