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le 18 janvier 2004
I know what they're going to say: "There's no way 'Mob Rules' is better than 'Heaven & Hell'". Let me explain.
Simply put, "Mob Rules" is a harder, more edgy effort than "Heaven & Hell". The album opens with a fast, churning rocker, "Turn up the Night". We then move into a more "typical" Sabbath sound with the bluesy "Voodoo". The third piece is one of the best on the album: "The Sign of the Southern Cross". It's an epic worthy of a Black Sabbath Greatest Hits album. It also shows Dio's voice as we'll never hear it again on any other effort - Soft, serene, soothing (only to be shattered by a strategically placed power chord to introduce the rest of the band). E5150 is, well, dumb - and the low point of the album. I'm not sure what Sabbath was toying with here, but I do know that "5150" is the American Police Code for the criminally insane. The title track is the hardest song on the album, and another one of my faves. Also a contribution to the soundtrack for 1981's "Heavy Metal: The Movie", "The Mob Rules" makes you want to really stand up and shout (no pun intended). I call the next two songs, "Country Girl" & "Slipping Away", twin songs for obvious reasons. Though many fans overlook these two, I really like the blues-metal, foot-stomping "Slipping Away". It comes complete with guitar rests to show off Vinny Appice's drumming, & an echo effect on Dio's vocals for some added attitude. This song also shows a glimpse of some chops from Geezer Butler & Tony Iommi. I don't think the album ends well with the last two cuts, "Falling Off the Edge of the World" & "Over and Over". These last two songs sound much like an afterthought, and as a result, they are rather forgettable.
The album cover is one of the best "traditional" heavy metal covers I've seen, whose hooded figures look like inner city dregs stalking thier next victim. Martin Birch's production is clean and crisp, especially for the 1980's.
On the downside, E5150 is a waste of time & the last two cuts are weak. I wish the CD had photos and lyrics...
After listening to this album, (I know this may be blasphemy to some) I think Dio-era Sabbath is better than the traditional line-up with Ozzy. Either way, the album is a must have for any fans of the "Golden Age" of traditional heavy metal.
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le 8 janvier 2003
Dio's first album with Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell, was a masterpiece - no questions asked. The follow-up effort, The Mob Rules, proved to be more of the same. The line-up consists of the following members
Tony Iommi - Guitar (The ONLY person to play on EVERY Sabbath album)
Geezer Butler - Bass
Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
Vinnie Appice - Drums (New drummer, he replaced Bill Ward. After this album he followed Dio out of the band to form Dio.)
Now, onto the album itself. Overall the style used here isn't too different from that of Heaven And Hell, though the material isn't quite as unique, and the album seems redundant at times. At times it even seems like some of the songs are rehashes of songs from the previous album. This isn't to say it's not a good album though. For example, Turn Up The Night is a fast-paced melodic rocker that is unquestionably reminiscent of Neon Knights, the track that started Heaven And Hell. The Sign Of The Southern Cross is slow and soft in the verses, and hard and melodic in the chorus. It fades into the most unique track on the album E5150. This is an instrumental that uses many bizzare instrumental effects. The title track and Country Girl are melodic hard rockers that certainly won't fail to please. The other tracks on here are also excellent as well.
My final verdict? If you only get one Dio-Sabbath album, get Heaven And Hell. This is an excellent album, certainly worthy of four stars, but Heaven And Hell is five-star material all the way, and in my opinion superior to this album. This is NOT a bad album though, and any Black Sabbath or Ronnie James Dio fan would be doing a smart thing to purchase it.
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le 23 juin 2002
Dio era Sabbath gave the band energy and speed.
There is an enthusiasm and vitality in the playing that was largely absent from the last Ozzy records.
There is also a tightness in the rhythm section. The band plays like a well-oiled machine. It's not just a showcase for Tony. All the instruments are featured equally and are not lost in the mix (remember Geezer's mushy bass mix from Vol. 4?)
You can listen to Geezer's bass lines alone and be entertained. Probably his best playing on these records. His playing is all over the place in a Geddy Lee sort of way.
I don't know why people dis the Dio albums. Yes, there is a sameness to the compositions, Dio as a songwriter seems to dominate in all of his work (see Rainbow). That also helps establish the Dio material with its own coherent style, though. Overall this was a good thing as Iommi was running out of ideas before Dio came around which would become more apparent after Dio (and Gillan, the last gasp of inspiration).
I happen to like Slipping Away the best on this album because of the call-and response guitar and bass soloing. It's only the 2nd time Geezer had a chance to do a real solo.
Also, the title track is ultra-heavy. I saw Sabbath durign the Dehumanizer tour and Mob Rules was the opening song and Tony's rig was so loud and raw it cut right through my head. It's a great riff.
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le 8 janvier 2001
Black Sabbath had just released their 1980 album Heaven and Hell in the midst of a lot of critisism. Sabbath continued to shut their critics up the following year with Mob Rules. The album lineup consists of original members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler with newly instated frontman Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinnie Appice(who replaced the unhealthy Bill Ward). Although Mob Rules is a classic Sabbath album and a strong follow-up to Heaven and Hell, it certainly doesn't compare to H&H. For example, the first two tracks on Mob Rules, "Turn up the Night" and "Vodoo", are straight up rockers that totally kick ass but they don" compare to Heaven and Hell's "Neon Knights" and "Children of the Sea." Other strong tracks on the album are the title track and "Falling off the edge of the world" which show that this album wasn't exactly a crappy follow up to Heaven and Hell. However, the highlight of this album is by far "The Sign of the Southern Cross." This is an epic 7 minute journey through god knows where that can easily compare to any track on Heaven and Hell. Although this song may be better than any song off of Heaven and Hell, the overall album was not as strong. Not to say I didn't go out and buy Mob Rules just as fast as I got Heaven and Hell, but you know what I mean.
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le 24 mars 2003
Dio's second album with Black Sabbath isn't as good as the first one "Heaven And Hell" but it has its good moments.
1. Turn up the Night - a good choice as a single track, very fast one, good lyrics, it makes you go! 4.75/5
2. Voodoo - creepy lyrics, creepy sound 4/5
3. Sign of the Southern Cross - a long but very doomy 4.5/5
4. E5150 - an instrumental track, too annoying 2/5
5. Mob Rules - the title track is slower than the first track but it has some kind of magic 4.25/5
6. Country Girl - a country song, but not so Black Sabbath 3.5/5
7. Slipping Away - a peaceful track 3/5
8. Falling off the Edge of the World - a touching song, very scary 2.75/5
9. Over and Over - a creepy song, a peaceful track. 4/5
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le 30 mai 1999
Perhaps the pressure was too great for our heroes to follow up on Heaven and Hell with another masterpiece, so instead they put out Mob Rules, a respectable though hardly life-changing release. Perhaps Dio was right when in an interview it was like the band was trying to repeat what worked; they never stoop to self-parody, but the disc never quite touches the soul the way its predecessor does. "Turn Up The Night" is like "Son of Neon Knights," and we can make other comparisons, but Vinnie Appice sounds right at home, Tony's solo in "Over and Over" is one of his best ever, and the bass lines are (as usual) just mind-blowing. Get it.
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le 28 novembre 1998
Dio never approached the perfection Ozzy attained with Sabbath, though I feel Sabbath did remarkably well under him. The songs on this just aren't on the same level as Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, et al...This is good but nothing on it struck me as nearly as good as Ozzy's efforts. Sabbath just was never the same. I commend Dio for this, but the fatc remains: The work he did with Sabbath just couldn't match up to Ozzy's work with them.
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le 27 mai 1999
Forget the comparisons with Ozzy. Sabbath with Dio is a different band. And it is awesome.
Mob Rules and Turn Up the Night are high octane gloom and doom. Ronnie growls through Voodoo and Sign of the Southern Cross, leaving the listener both energized and a little freaked out. A couple weaker tracks at the end (Falling Off the Edge of the World, Over and Over) keep this from being a classic, but overall, it is an incredible experience.
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le 7 février 2000
the Mob Rules isn't as hard hitting as Heaven and Hell, but it does have the best Dio-Sabbath song ever, the title track, The Mob Rules. For the rest of the album, it seems the chemistry seems to be loosening here. The songs don't flow one into another as Heaven and Hell, showing a sign of inconsistency. There are some good moments such as Voodoo, Country Girl and Sign of the Southern Cross. But in all, a weak follow up to Heaven and Hell.
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le 25 janvier 2000
A small correction to the Emap review:the drummer here was Vinnie Appice,and not Carmine.Vinnie also appeared on two other Black Sabbath albums(1982's'Live Evil'and 1992's'Dehumanizer'and on most of Dio's solo outings).Returning to the album:another great release from the then resurrected Sabbath.Arguably a tad below'Heaven and Hell',but still solid.
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