BLACK SABBATH – DEHUMANIZER
Black Sabbath “Dehumanizer” was released in 1992 with Ronnie James Dio making a return for another run alongside guitarist Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums. Make no mistake about it, this is a really decent Black Sabbath album, with all of the trademark heavy riffs and mysterious and dark lyrics. Ronnie James Dio sounds like he never left Black Sabbath on “Dehumanizer”. I feel the band sounds just as powerful as they left off from “The Mob Rules” album. “After All (The Dead)” is a melancholy & dark, mid-paced song, that allows Dio the freedom to sing with sincere emotion. “Computer God” and “Master of Insanity” are two heavy driven tunes that showcases why Tony Iommi (on guitar) and Geezer Butler (on bass) are so immortal in the Heavy Metal music world. These songs have underlying intelligent themes about them that I find interesting. “Time Machine” is a catchy and heavy song with a more commercial approach to Metal; yet for a Black Sabbath song it is more on the heavy.
Vinny Appice is so distinguishable on drums, he is excellent throughout this entire album. Overall, “Dehumanizer” made for an interesting and likable compliment to all the other Dio fronted Black Sabbath albums. You are not getting “The Mob Rules” album here, yet you are not getting a rehashed filler album either. This is in my opinion, an excellent album from Black Sabbath, that should finally get the credit and recognition it so justly deserves. Any Heavy Metal fan will get a Metal kick out of “Dehumanizer”.
REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.