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“The Rules Of Hell” by Black Sabbath

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “The Rules Of Hell”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 7/22/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

Heavy Metal fans that have prayed to whatever gods they prefer will find themselves pleased at the news informing them that all of the albums recorded with Ronnie James Dio would be getting the remastering process done to them and be released together as a deluxe boxed set. Several years ago, Rhino Entertainment did the same thing with all of the Ozzy Osbourne recordings and released “The Black Box”. There was only one bonus track on it, but the book enclosed read like a history lesson on the ones who kicked this whole genre off as a whole. The downside was that it stopped at Ozzy but now some twenty-eight years after Black Sabbath Mark II came into existence, we would get our chance to not only relive the greatness of that lineups music, but also learn some vital details about this point in the bands career as they try to successfully move on from replacing a figure like Ozzy Osbourne. With the scope of this release covering four individual albums we have decided to break them up one by one and offer up some thoughts on each of the releases. Believe me readers, I was as excited for this one as you probably are so let’s get down to business.
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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2007: Music, Video and Concerts

Well it’s that time of the year again and that means it’s time to share with you all what I felt were my very favorites from all of the stuff that was reviewed here on PiercingMetal for the musical year of 2007. I will keep this introduction short and instead let these highlights shine a little brighter. Here we go.

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Best CD’s of 2007:

Let’s just consider this a sampling of some of the music that we found ourselves listening to on more than one occasion be it on the stereo loud enough to wake the neighbors or on our music players. We review hundreds of discs each year and this batch are among the best and most enjoyed by our editorial offices.

Epica “The Divine Conspiracy” (Nuclear Blast Records) – So the singer you have heard on some Kamelot stuff and her band have delivered their third release, a magnum opus that is meatier than beef stew when it comes to satisfying content.

Kamelot “Ghost Opera” (SPV Records) – If you wondered how the guys could top “The Black Halo”, then pick up a copy of this one.

After Forever “After Forever” (Nuclear Blast Records) – You’ve heard her in Ayreon stuff for years now the larger populace can enjoy

Daath “The Hinderers” (Roadrunner Records) – Crushing, thunderous, topical. Interesting lyrical premise as well.

Nightwish “Dark Passion Play” (Roadrunner Records) – Tarja who? The band is back and on fire with new singer Annette Olzon, “Bye Bye Beautiful” indeed, “Hello Beautiful” as well…..

Dream Theater “Systematic Chaos” (Roadrunner Records) – New DT was quite satisfying. I’ve been a fan for years and this album reminded me of why that is the case.

Opeth “The Roundhouse Tapes” – An Opeth live concert recording that finds them on tour supporting their newest album and yet making time to fit in their classics. Stunning.

Within Temptation “The Heart Of Everything” (Roadrunner Records) – a long awaited US debut from Dutch Gothic Metal superstars is loaded with catchy numbers and sure to make them more of a household name.
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Heaven and Hell @ Jones Beach Theater (9/8/2007)

Heaven and Hell have been kicking ass since the decision to reform the mark 2 version of Black Sabbath and now they would continue to smite the unbelievers with the Metal by taking both Queensryche and Alice Cooper on the road with them. We headed down to Jones Beach Ampitheatre to enjoy this one and those Metal heads who wish to learn more can click the logo to see our item on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

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Artist: Heaven and Hell
Venue: Jones Beach Ampitheater (New York, NY)
Opener: Queensryche, Alice Cooper
Date: 9/8/2007
Label: Rhino Entertainment

I honestly felt that I was present when Heavy Metal history was being made as Heaven and Hell first toured earlier this year and stopped at New York City’s own famed Radio City Music Hall. The show sold out in minutes and the entire event would be captured and released on individual DVD and CD’s and since then each of these items has become quite the blockbuster seller. The band then made sure to hit as many regions as possible and after NYC they would visit New Jersey with both Megadeth and Machinehead as tour support but soon each of those bands would need to adventure out on their own tours so if you caught one of those shows you were a lucky Metal head. This change in opener allowed HAH to set up an end of Summer appearance with the legendary Alice Cooper and the mighty Queensryche, and for this particular show we would travel out to the Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh, NY (or Long Island to many readers) to see what was happening. Here is how the night went down for those who were not present.
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“Live From Radio City Music Hall” by Heaven & Hell

Artist: Heaven & Hell
Title: “Live At Radio City Music Hall”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 8/28/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

The reunion of Black Sabbath’s lineup from the time that Ronnie James Dio held the microphone would be an event that was nothing less than a Metal Media Blockbuster. Tony Iommi’s original plan was to simply release a compilation of the era’s best material which would go under the title “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” but this idea would expand and set the gears in motion as once again Ronnie James Dio found himself working with the legends. The three would begin writing new material that worked along the lines of that which was done in their past and then a tour became the topic of discussion. The puzzle was completed by making sure drummer Vinny Appice was available and then the music on this release would be supported in the live sense. The issue of the compilation CD was a great idea in the first place for many people describe these songs as some of the best music that Black Sabbath had ever recorded. There are even those who state that this was their own introduction to the band since they were too young to be a part of the Ozzy Osbourne years when they were in full force. Consisting of numbers from “Heaven And Hell”, “Mob Rules” and “Dehumanizer” the CD itself was met with an incredible reception by the Metal Legions and resultant of the tour announcement the coming shows would be rallied for like no other show in recent memory. This brings us to the recording we are reviewing here from New York City’s own Radio City Music Hall as the group who now called themselves Heaven & Hell would find that this particular appearance sold out in about fifteen minutes. It was quickly decided that the RCMH show would be recorded and released as a live performance CD and companion DVD. Do I even need to say anymore? Probably not, but let me continue along for good measure.
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Heaven and Hell @ Radio City Music Hall (3/30/2007)

This was lauded as one of the biggest concert events of the year and how could it be anything less when it it the reunion of the Dio era Black Sabbath who are now touring under the moniker of Heaven and Hell. Tonight we were present as a fan and while not on official Metal Reporter duty, we made sure to document the evening and present it for you via the article that the logo below will bring you to. Don’t worry about the lack of photos from us because the show was recorded for release on DVD and that will come out later in the year.

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Artist: Heaven and Hell
Venue: Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: not applicable
Date: 3/30/2007
Label: Rhino Entertainment

Describing this concert as one of the most important events in Heavy Metal history would be as dead on true a statement as any Metal head could hope to utter. The “reunion” of the Black Sabbath lineup that featured Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinny Appice and Ronnie James Dio would be nothing less than historic in nature. When the sale of the tickets was announced they ended up selling out in about a half an hour and this was largely due to large response that the Internet pre-sale gained. Personally I find those a little unfair to the mass public but bands seem to be insistent on doing them. It was not long after all the tickets were gone that it was announced that the performance at New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall would be recorded for release on DVD by the end of the summer on Rhino Entertainment. Now as far as Black Sabbath is concerned we all know that the Ozzy material is as legendary as it can be and pretty close to being the book by which the genre would be written on for decades to come. Yet when Osbourne was no longer part of the equation and they had the arrival of Dio, the course of the band would not go quietly into that good night but instead be changed for the best. They were still incredibly heavy, but the music took on a more sinister and darker tone and was clearly in gear with the other Metal that was popular at the time. Dio’s input on the albums “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” gave a new life to the founding fathers of Metal and with the drumming of Vinny Appice, they had that much more power in driving their point home. The original reason for the reunion was the fact that Dio would work on new music with Iommi for a sound collection of the music they did together on the two early albums along with “Dehumanizer” and “Live Evil”. It seemed to make perfect sense to all parties that the best way to celebrate the new and legacy material would be with a comprehensive tour around the world. The show at Radio City Music Hall would only find the legends appearing and no opener would be there to either enjoy or suffer through. This was “The Dio Years” in living color right before your very eyes.
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