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Cross Purposes

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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1. I Witness
2. Cross Of Thorns
3. Psychophobia
4. Virtual Death
5. Immaculate Deception
6. Dying For Love
7. Back To Eden
8. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
9. Cardinal Sin
10. Evil Eye

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1994 Irs Label Release. The Tony Iommi Led Ozzy-less Version of the Sabbs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sabbath Album! June 8 2004
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD
Long after Tony Martin's debut album with Sabbath "Eternal Idol," comes "Cross Purposes." Many people would ignore these two great albums because it does not have Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio, but that would be a sin to miss out, because Black Sabbath seemed to show it's true, evil colors with Tony Iomi taking over the band. Every song on this album has it's own unique atmosphere, from acustic guitar intro's, to heavy demon growling guitars, to the hard pounding drums, and excellent keyboard playing. The songs seem to be about peoples dreams of heaven, and how they keep on hoping that it's the truth, but realize that it is not, and they keep on dreaming and feed themselves to a story of God when all they have is just each other and death at the end. At the time of this recording, the band line up was: Tony Martin (Vocals) Tony Iomi (Guitars)Geezer Butler (Bass) Bobby Rondinell (Drums) and last but not least Geoff Nicholls (Keyboards) This is possibly Sabbath's heaviest release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying material Nov. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1994, Black Sabbath's Cross Purposes is a good album. A total of ten tracks is included, and the material is in a hard rock musical direction. Altogether, the songwriting is satisfying, the musicianship is skillful, and the sound quality is pleasing. When it comes to the guitar work, Tony Iommi performs well throughout--I like the guitar riff to "Immaculate Deception." Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls does a tight job in his department; I enjoy the smooth, gothic keyboard line that he incorporates on "Cross of Thorns." Geezer Butler provides two gratifying bass guitar lines on "Virtual Death" and "Evil Eye." I like all of the songs, but my favorites are "I Witness," "Dying for Love," and "Cardinal Sin." The vigorous "I Witness" sports engaging rhythm guitar playing from Iommi. "Dying for Love" is a melodic tune that features impressive vocals from Tony Martin, and "Cardinal Sin" exhibits nice, medieval-sounding keyboard work from Nicholls. The CD booklet includes the song lyrics. The disc is almost 48 minutes. Cross Purposes is a solid piece of work from Black Sabbath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cross Purposes... July 28 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a Black Sabbath Album with lead singer I had previously never heard before, Tony Martin...I grew to like it very quicky and decided to see if I could find a copy even though it is not very common. When I ordered it we were going into a postal strike so it took longer than normal to arrive, but it was worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sabbath Stuff Aug. 9 2004
By Deimos
Format:Audio CD
This is a really strong Black Sabbath album, really good songs and excellent riffs. A must have for any Sabb fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Martin years Dec 18 2005
By Michael Tobey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely a lot better than the previous Sabbath albums with Tony Martin. The addition of Geezer Butler on bass seems to light a fire under Iommi's ass, because each track on the album has something to offer. The riffing is quite memorable, especially on "I Witness", "Psychophobia", "Virtual Death" and "Cardinal Sin." Geezer and Tony have a chemistry that occurs when they play together, and it is very evident on this album.

Gone is the keyboard-dominated epic 80s metal of "Headless Cross" and "Tyr". This album focuses much more on Iommi's guitar and the way it interacts with Geezer's bass, with Geoff Nichols' keyboards added as support. Tony Martin sounds great and seems to have finally found his own voice in Sabbath. His singing is very emotive and shines on numbers like "Dying For Love" and "Cross of Thorns". He seems to have found control of his range and sings in a way that brings to mind Ray Alder of Fates Warning.

Overall the songwriting is very strong on this album. It is one of my favorite post-Ozzy Black Sabbath discs. The only drawback I can think of is that the production could use some more oomph to it, the guitar and bass tone sound thinner than they should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Dehumanizer never happened Sept. 13 2006
By Lunar Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the short lived 1992 Dio reunion which resulted in the excellent album Dehumanizer, Sabbath returns with vocalist Tony Martin like the Dio reunion gig never happened after the album TYR.

Sabbath also drops the ultra heavy doomy sound from Dehumanizer and returns to more of the tradition sound that was found on the Martin albums of the past. Still Cross Purposes sounds a tad different from those albums as it doesn't have the full blown keyboard effect. Even though it doesn't quit sound the same I still feel that this would have been the natural progression of the band even if Dehumanizer never happened. It was the early 90's and Sabbath modernized their sound nicely for that era with Cross Purposes

It seems a lot of people were upset when Dio left the group again and that Tony Martin came back. I in fact was very happy as I find Tony Martin to be one of the finest vocalists to grace the genre of metal so I accepted Cross Purposes with open arms.

The album opens with I Witness, a more up beat track and a perfect way to open the album. The second song Cross of Thorns is a slower track with fantastic emotional lyrics. I've always found Tony Martin to write great lyrics and his voice just brings them to life. This track is perhaps the best on the album. The album picks up the beat again with Psychophobia with a monstrous riff by Iommi. What's interesting is Martin sounds almost like Dio sometimes on this song. Virtual Death is a much slower doomier song with an odd distortion on Martin's vocals. I wasn't too hot on this track and it's usually a skipper. Immaculate Deception is a decent heavier track right before the nice Sabbath ballad Dying for Love. I'm not sure what it is but with Iommi's guitar talents and Martin's vocals....ballads just seem to work. Good song. The last four songs are nice solid hard rockers.

Overall I didn't find it to be a bad album at all. I however didn't like Cross Purposes near as much as Martin's three previous Sabbath outings The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, and TYR. I just found those be terrific outings and Cross Purposes doesn't quit live up to the standards on those release. It just lacks the catchiness and overall greatness found on those (and plus I really dig the 80's feel of those albums). Even with its very few disappointments, Cross Purposes is still very much worth checking out for fans of the underrated Martin-era Sabbath albums.

I just find it a shame that Sabbath's next album Forbidden didn't turn as good or better than this. That album is eternally terrible (check out my review on it and you'll see how much I despise it) and in my opinion this officially ends the great Tony Martin era of Sabbath.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Tony Martin Era Release Oct. 15 2006
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another Sabbath album with Tony Martin at the helm and in my opinion another good one. "Cross Purposes" was the album that came after the ill fated reunion with Ronnie James Dio and its subsequent release "Dehuminizer". Although I am a huge Dio fan was really disappointed with the reunion effort and think that "Cross Purposes" blows "Dehumanizer" away. The music on this album sounds the most like classic Sabbath of any of the Tony Martin era recordings as the team of Butler / Iommi combine once again to produce some really strong material. Bobby Rondineli (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, And Quiet Riot) is also on hand n the drum kit and delivers a fine performance. Although he seems to get slammed by many die hard Sabbath fans I maintain that Tony Martin is an incredible vocalist and this album produces some of his best work to date. Highlights include the opening track "I Witness", the heavy handed "Virtual Death" that has Geezer's signature bottom end written all over it, the ballad "Dying For Love", and the catchy rocker "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Tony Iommi has some really tasty guitar solos on this album and shows that he was still a very capable guitarist in the mid-90's. The album peters out for me a bit with the last two tracks "Cardinal Sin" and "Evil Eye" which are ok, but nothing spectacular. Overall I would rate this right behind "Tyr" as one of the best Sabbath albums of the 80's or 90's.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Best Tony Martin Album 4.5 Stars March 19 2003
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cross Purposes was recorded in 1993, and released in 1994. It follows the dissolution of the Dio reunion. It featured Tony Martin on vocals, Tony Iommi, on guitars, Geezer Buttler on bass, and Bobby Rondinelli on drums. This is the only Black Sabbath studio release to contain both Geezer and Martin (Geezer and Martin were both on Cross Purposes Live, as well.) In my opinion this is a very good album. Headless Cross is the definitive album with Tony Martin, but this is right up there! I think Dehumanizer was a great heavy album, and Cross Purposes, while not as heavy, is certainly a worthy follow-up. When Geezer and Iommi get together, you know it's going to be a great album. Here's my breakdown:
1. I Witness - One of my personal favorites, I think it's a great track to open the album with. Martin sings lower than normal, and it's very fast paced. 100%
2. Cross of Thorns - Another excellent track, I like to play this one on the guitar. Very energetic. 100%
3. Psychophobia - While COT saw us slowing down, this song picks right back up. Short and sweet. 95%
4. Immaculate Deception - Album slows down a bit here, but by no means gets bad. An excellet moderate tempo song. The keyboards are a bit overdone though. Second half of the song is really good. 90%
5. Virtual Death - Heavier, darker. Very simple guitar part, still rockin' though, Martin sounds good. 90%
6. Dying for Love - Very emotional track. Iommi really shines on this song. Martin penned some really dramatic lyrics here I think. 100%
7. Back to Eden - Starts off with a good riff, but this is my least favorite track. It has potential, but it just doesn't work. Certainly not bad though. 90%
8. The Hand That Rocked the Cradle - The ballad (if you want to say that) of Cross Purposes. This is a very good song. Iommi, Martin, Geezer, Rondinelli - BLACK SABBATH - shines on this song! 100%
9. Cardinal Sin - Another excellet track! First half is stellar, second half is not quite as great, but still good. Geezer sounds... heavy! 95%
10. Evil Eye - Co-written by Eddie Van Halen, who was supposed to guest on this album. An excellent track, especially Geezer's bass! What a great way to close a terrific album. 100%
If you have the chance, pickup the Japanese edition for the 11th track "What's the Use" it starts off with Rondinelli hammering on the drums, and is a very good track. Get it if you can.
Overall Cross Purposes is easily one of my favorite Sabbath albums, it's up there with all the golden classics. Certinaly better than Forbidden. I only gave it 5 stars (Really 4.5 but you can't do that) because it does seem to be missing something. Maybe it's Ward. Either way, get this album. It's worth it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite from the Martin-era July 28 2011
By Alexander Arsov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not the least fascinating thing about Black Sabbath is that there have been no fewer than three very different bands in its history, conveniently separated by the singers who shaped them: Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin. (And one can even add Sabbath No. 4 and Sabbath No. 5, for one experimental album each, since "The Seventh Star" with Glenn Hughes and "Born Again" with Ian Gillan, both from the mid-1980s, neither of which has anything to do with the other three "eras".) I confess that the Martin-era is my least favourite one, but this may well be because I came to these albums after I had been quite familiar with everything recorded with Ozzy and Dio during the 1970s and early 1980s. However, personal taste is a poor excuse to neglect the years with Tony Martin. After all the man recorded five studio albums with the band and they all range from good to very good, with occasional sparks of greatness:

The Eternal Idol (1987)
Headless Cross (1989)
TYR (1990)
Cross Purposes (1994)
Forbidden (1995)

For some rather mysterious reason "Cross Purposes" is my favourite of these. Even though I have a great deal more affection for "Forbidden" than most people do, and in any of the three albums from the 1980s there are terrific songs (say, "Ancient Warrior", "Headless Cross" and "Anno Mundi", to name but three), it is "Cross Purposes" that I most often return to when I am in the mood for Sabbath with Tony Martin.

The album is considerably lighter and somewhat less complex than his predecessors, one might even say a trifle monotonous, but it is probably the most consistent one and it has a compelling drive. Ironically, for those guys who bark the wrong tree constantly whining that the Martin-era was the most un-Sabbath one, there are here songs ("Psychophobia", "Virtual Death", "Evil Eye", the last one with first solo played by Eddie van Halen, reportedly) that are more reminiscent of the original Sabbath with Ozzy, rather than to anything that came later with Dio. On the other hand, there are few fine ballads ("Cross of Thorns", "Dying for Love") and several dazzling tracks ("I Witness", "Immaculate Deception", "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle") that are highly original for the Martin-era and owe nothing to the old times.

The album features great musicians in top form. Even though it has always been the leading singer who shaped most Sabbath's musical outlook, it was Tony Iommi who remained the only constant member through the years. One of the most fascinating things about him is that he is vastly different with Ozzy, Dio or Martin. In a way, the three Sabbath eras had three different guitarists. As for Tony's top form here, the solo in "Immaculate Deception" is enough to prove it. Tony Martin may not be among the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music, but he is a fine singer none the less: powerful voice, impeccable technique, and solid range, what more can one want? Besides, try to put yourself in Martin's place. He had the awesome task to step into the shoes of legends like Ozzy and Dio. He's done a really fine job. The bass guitar here is in the hands of Geezer Butler himself and, as might be expected, his playing is top-notch. It is rather a pity that the bass got somewhat lost during the mixing - my only minor complaint about the otherwise excellent sound of the album. Last and least, but not to be neglected, there are the fine drummer Bobby Rondinelli, quite devoid of the childish show-off typical of a Vinnie Appice, and the well-known Geoff Nichols at the keyboards which are quite prominent in few of the songs.

All in all, a vintage and unjustly neglected late Sabbath, perhaps because it came after the stupendous "Dehumanizer" (1992) with Dio, a one-album affair alas. Everybody who has enjoyed other Sabbath albums with Tony Martin is well advised to give this one a careful listening, if he hasn't already.
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