The best thing about the new Heaven and Hell CD “The Devil You Know” is that there is not one blessed thing 2009 about it. I don’t mean that as an insult either.
From the campy 80’s metal cover art to the 10 track listing that seems utterly trapped in a Side One/Side Two, LP format… to Dio’s unending stream of Dungeons & Dragons lyrics… There is nothing modern about this CD… and that is why I love it.
There is no denying the talent here, the direction. This record is so F’ing heavy, and not in the modern sense of all of these players that shred like they get paid a dollar a note… The music on “The Devil You Know” is outstanding. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinny Appice and RJ Dio simply crush everyting in thier way with a sledgehammer of riff’s and unrelnting power… music changes and people beg, borrow, and steal what they like from the best, but no one makes music like this anymore.
This CD could have come out anywhere between 1975 and 1995 and it would have seemed right at home. I just hope the guys continue to enjoy the union and that a tour and new album are already on their minds…
This record may not be what some of you wanted but it sure is what rock needs a bit more of.