This is the deal. If you are a Black Sabbath purist and lean toward the Ozzy sound of the 70's or maybe even the Dio sound of the early 80's then this album is probably not for you. If you don't know much about Black Sabbath, and you have no preconceptions about what this album is, then buy this album. This came out in 1989. It does have some haunting lyrics and music that is chilling. The music is good and it is heavy. The dark references pile up as the album moves onward -- satan, Lucifer, prince of darkness, etc. I think the lyrics were a gimmick but you can't fault the music and the overrall production and feel of the album. This is one of the best Sabbath albums of the Tony Martin era, in my opinion. Their next effort, Tyr, is like a movie sequal and you really don't need to own one without the other because they flow together so well. After Tyr, the band brought Dio back for Dehumanizer which killed the momentum of the Tony Martin movement. Dehumanizer was heavier and was a geat album in its own right. Tony Martin came back after that for Cross Purposes and Forbidden.