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.