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Release date: 7 August 1983
Style: Heavy metal, Hard rock


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Disc I
01. Trashed
02. Stonehenge
03. Disturbing The Priest
04. The Dark
05. Zero The Hero
06. Digital Bitch
07. Born Again
08. Hot Line
09. Keep It Warm

Disc II [2011 Deluxe Edition]
[Live at the Reading Festival on Saturday, August 27, 1983]
01. The Fallen [Previusly Unreleased Album Session Outtake]
02. Stonehenge [Extended version]
03. Hot Line
04. War Pigs
05. Black Sabbath
06. The Dark
07. Zero The Hero
08. Digital Bitch
09. Iron Man
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Paranoid

Lyrics (9)

Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi - guitars, guitar effects, flute
Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler - bass, bass effects
Ian Gillan - vocals
William Thomas "Bill" Ward - drums, percussion

Session musicians
Geoff Nicholls - keyboards

Additional info
Produced by Robin Black and Black Sabbath.

In 2011, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition of the album was released in the UK by Sanctuary Records.

2011 Deluxe Edition Disc 2:
at the Reading Festival on Saturday, August 27, 1983

Guest review by

Another transformation of Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio, now with Ian Gillan. It's by far the most underrated album in the history of Black Sabbath. For the most devoted of fans, perhaps this is the worst album. In my opinion it's a great heavy metal record and a great alliance between Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi.

published 27.11.2011 | Comments (8)

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Void Eater - 28.05.2011 at 07:16  
  Very underrated album. Gillan is a great vocalist, and the album is jam packed with classic, but unique Tony riffs. Production is odd, but I find that it adds to the darkness of the album. Great release, one of their best.
M C Vice - 09.06.2011 at 09:56  
Rating: 8 Probably Sabbath's heavyist release, at least since Paranoid.
NocturnalStalker - 31.01.2012 at 16:58  
Rating: 8 Definitely one of the most underrated albums in the history of rock/metal music.
The songs are great, despite the slightly weird production. And just listen to the main riff of Zero The Hero! It's got the same vibe as those classic Sabbath riffs (or Iommi trademark riffs, if you please).
And I like the fact that Gillan doesn't try to sound like Ozzy or Dio here, but sings in his own style, which makes those songs shine all the more.
bblitz - 20.12.2012 at 22:45  
Rating: 3 I love black sabbath but this album is total disaster,I mean it by far the worst album in history of heavy musis,
man I hate it so fkin much!!
Ace Frawley - 21.12.2012 at 03:24  
Rating: 6 I wouldn't go so far as to describe this as the worst album in the history of heavy music but I definitely think it's a major disappointment. Having Gillan on vocals, I had hoped for a lot more. I don't subscribe to the "this album is underrated" theory for this one, that's for sure.
bblitz - 31.12.2012 at 00:31  
Rating: 3 Yes my man but I hate it ,thats why I said its the worst,I mean its not,but again I hate this fkin album!!
bblitz - 31.12.2012 at 00:33  
Rating: 3 But the cover is one of the best I've seen,can you believe that!!Lets say this album is special
in its own way and has some strange place in the history of this Holy Band.
Boxcar Willy - 31.12.2012 at 01:16  
Written by bblitz on 31.12.2012 at 00:33

But the cover is one of the best I've seen.

Wait... what?
Ace Frawley - 31.12.2012 at 03:10  
Rating: 6 Well this album cover has caused a lot of controversy and even revulsion in the mainstream community, so on that basis, perhaps it qualifies as a good metal album cover?
belphegor666 - 06.02.2013 at 03:01  
  Guys this particular album...and perhaps after....are awesome....i cant see the reason why people dslike this album and all the others without ozzy or dio...Seventh Star/Eternal Idol & Headless Cross are very nice albums...for me are the best sabbath albums
just give a hear and praise sabbath
Ace Frawley - 06.02.2013 at 21:18  
Rating: 6
Written by belphegor666 on 06.02.2013 at 03:01

...Seventh Star/Eternal Idol & Headless Cross are very nice albums...for me are the best sabbath albums

I think you're the lone ranger on that score, buddy.
belphegor666 - 07.02.2013 at 01:50  
  This album...Born Dead....and later...are awesome....i know a lot of people dislike those albums which for me are masterpieces...all-time classics....even if behind the microphone is not Ozzy Or Dio...Ian Gillan done a awesome work in Born Dead...singing with his own style...without tryin to copy Dio or Ozzy....Hail Black Sabbath.. \m/
bblitz - 23.02.2013 at 20:59  
Rating: 3 I agree with you belphegor666 that these are nice albums but not better than ozzy or dio...
For me Tyr is also very good and Cross purposes.
Bad English - 20.07.2013 at 00:16  
  Even musical this albums was OK, but still agan I will say not BS album, vocal is weird but Ian Gillan vocals seems he alreday get old before he reach 21 , I dont know, but after Deep Purple, his vocals are horible
Trashed and Zero to Hero was best songs into this album , realy Gillan vocals is weird

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