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  • There was a time, ten years ago, when this record was everything in my musical world. I just listend to it over and over again, astouned by the virtuosity of the playing and creativity of the songwriting. Yes, it is the good and old Black Sabbath formula, with its dark atmosphere, but then with a clever and healthy flavor of the ’90’s sound.
    The album has the classic presence of Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus Bobby Rondinelli, of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow fame, in top form on the drum kit and Tony Martin, not at his best but compensating the range with a soulful performance, at the microphone.
    Sometimes the album goes a little bit over the border in its trying to follow the music fashion – Phychophobia is the most remarkable example -, but tracks like I Witness and Immaculate Deception show what BS heavy metal its all about without nostalgia or self indulgence.
    Other excellent tracks are Cross of Thorns, with its passionate feeling, and Cardinal Sin, which is the Sabbath version to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.
    Virtual Death goes in the same vein as After All or Master of Insanity, of Dehumanizer album, allowing Geezer Butler to come to the spotlight.
    Evil Eye, which was co-written by former Never Say Die tour mate Eddie Van Halen, is no Sabbath at all, but just a groove where Tony Iommi and Tony Martin have the chance to swing and shine.
    Back to Eden has a tight riff and Dying for Love is a slow blues that grows on you, despite some excesses from Tony Martin. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, on the other hand, is definitely the weakest song on the album.
    In retrospect, Cross Purposes is a very good album, worth its price but not the perfect choce for the beginner in BS music. Try Master of Reality, Heaven and Hell or Headless Cross first.

    Posted on January 18, 2010