The Devil You Know (Heaven & Hell album)

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The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 April 2009 [1]
Recorded2008 at Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre Heavy metal, doom metal
Length53:31
Label Rhino, Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler
Additional production by Mike Exeter
Heaven & Hell chronology
Live from Radio City Music Hall
(2007)
The Devil You Know
(2009)
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell
(2010)
Ronnie James Dio chronology
Live from Radio City Music Hall
(2007)
The Devil You Know
(2009)
Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
(2010)
Alternative Cover
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The Devil You Know [1] is the only studio album from heavy metal band Heaven & Hell; the members had previously recorded as a group in an earlier line-up of Black Sabbath. [2] The Devil You Know was Ronnie James Dio's final studio appearance prior to his death in May 2010.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Heaven & Hell (band) American band

Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring Black Sabbath founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath and Dio members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Contents

The album's US import was released in Japan on 24 April 2009, four days earlier than its original due date of 28 April. The Japan domestic pressing which is a SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) was released on 27 April. It was produced by the band and sound engineer Mike Exeter. [3]

Mike Exeter is an English sound engineer and record producer who came to prominence via his work with British rock bands Cradle of Filth, Judas Priest Black Sabbath and more.

The Devil You Know reached the top 10 in its first week of release, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 30,000 copies sold. [4] It was awarded Best Album at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. [5]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.


Conception

In 2006 the Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath line-up recorded three new tracks, "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall" for an upcoming greatest hits package entitled Black Sabbath: The Dio Years . Guitarist Tony Iommi said that the tracks were created because he felt there was nothing worth releasing in the vaults from the Dio-era studio recordings and so these new songs were written and recorded. The song "The Devil Cried" was released as a promotional single for the release. [6] [7] Initially Dio commented that after the recording of those songs, he expected to leave the band and return to Dio and that another "Sabbath album" was "the last thing on my mind". [7] Iommi commented that Heaven & Hell agreed on an album whilst the band was in Japan on their 2007 tour. [8] The band started work on the album before and after the Metal Masters Tour in Dio and Iommi's houses respectively. [3] Each member submitted CDs of material for the project. [3] Iommi described the work as "really good, pretty powerful". [9]

Ronnie James Dio American singer-songwriter and composer

Ronald James Padavona known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

<i>Black Sabbath: The Dio Years</i> 2007 compilation album by Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years is a 2007 compilation CD of material from recordings made during vocalist Ronnie James Dio's tenure in the band. The CD contains full album length, remastered tracks culled from all three studio albums: Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992), and the live album Live Evil (1982). It also contains three new recorded songs: "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall".

Tony Iommi British guitarist

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Title and art

The album artwork is adapted from a painting by Per Øyvind Haagensen entitled Satan. [10] The artwork features the numbers 25 and 41. [11] Geezer Butler stated in an interview that the numbers refer to the Bible verse Matthew 25:41, which deals with the Last Judgment where "those who sit at the left side of God are cast down into Hell". [12] He also has explained that the name of the album is a reference to the name of the band, as fans know them as Black Sabbath. [13] When finalising the cover art, the band narrowed it down to their two favourites but had a difficult time making a final decision. The second of those two favourites prominently features the traditional Black Sabbath devil logo. That alternative cover is available exclusively at Wal-Mart within the United States. [14]

An album cover is the front of the packaging of a commercially released audio recording product, or album. The term can refer to either the printed cardboard covers typically used to package sets of 10 in (25 cm) and 12 in (30 cm) 78-rpm records, single and sets of 12 in (30 cm) LPs, sets of 45 rpm records, or the front-facing panel of a CD package, and, increasingly, the primary image accompanying a digital download of the album, or of its individual tracks.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded and performed with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne. He currently serves as bassist of Deadland Ritual.

Gospel of Matthew Books of the New Testament

The Gospel According to Matthew is the first book of the New Testament and one of the three synoptic gospels. It tells how the promised Messiah, Jesus, rejected by Israel, is killed, is raised from the dead, and finally sends the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world. Most scholars believe it was composed between AD 80 and 90, with a range of possibility between AD 70 to 110. The anonymous author was probably a male Jew, standing on the margin between traditional and non-traditional Jewish values, and familiar with technical legal aspects of scripture being debated in his time. Writing in a polished Semitic "synagogue Greek", he drew on three main sources: the Gospel of Mark, the hypothetical collection of sayings known as the Q source, and material unique to his own community, called the M source or "Special Matthew".

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 63/100 [15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [16]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 [17]
Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [18]
IGN 7.9/10 [19]
Metal Hammer 9/10 [20]

The Devil You Know has received generally positive reviews. The album currently holds a score of 63/100 at the aggregate review site, Metacritic, indicating mixed or positive reviews. [15] Allmusic described the album as being like Black Sabbath's Paranoid in matching its moment. [16] However, it goes on to note that Heaven & Hell expresses a "very different side of their musical personalities" than Black Sabbath, and that the differing band name is suitable. [16] Metal Hammer described the album as "one of the heavy releases of the year" [21] and honored it with a 2010 Golden Gods Award for Best Album. [5] Martin Popoff rated the album as better than Dehumanizer , but not as good as Heaven and Hell or Mob Rules . [22] He described Dio's vocals being delivered with "thespian enunciation" and "passion". [22]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

<i>Paranoid</i> (album) 1970 studio album by Black Sabbath

Paranoid is the second studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, it was the band's only LP to top the UK Albums Chart until the release of 13 in 2013. Paranoid contains several of the band's signature songs, including "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and the title track, which was the band's only Top 20 hit, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. It is often cited as an influential album in the development of heavy metal music.

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

Metal Hammer is a monthly heavy metal and rock music magazine, published in the United Kingdom by Future and in several other countries by different publishers. Metal Hammer articles feature both mainstream bands and more unusual acts from the whole spectrum of heavy metal music.

Touring

Heaven & Hell embarked on a second international tour (after their 2007 tour) in support of The Devil You Know. The band's first scheduled date was in Bogota on 5 May 2009. [23] They were supported by progressive rock acts Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Volta on North America for a select number of shows in August 2009. [24]

Track listing

All tracks written by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Atom and Evil"5:15
2."Fear"4:48
3."Bible Black"6:29
4."Double the Pain"5:25
5."Rock and Roll Angel"6:02
6."The Turn of the Screw"5:02
7."Eating the Cannibals"3:37
8."Follow the Tears"6:12
9."Neverwhere"4:35
10."Breaking into Heaven"6:53
Total length:53:31
iTunes exclusive bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."I" (live)6:30
12."Die Young" (live; lyrics by Dio; music composed by Dio, Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward)6:46

Charts

Chart (2009)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [25] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [26] 84
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [27] 24
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [28] 26
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [29] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [30] 5
French Albums (SNEP) [31] 53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [32] 17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [33] 15
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [34] 20
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [35] 95
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [36] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [37] 31
UK Albums (OCC) [38] 21
US Billboard 200 [39] 8
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [40] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [41] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [42] 2

Personnel

Heaven & Hell
Additional Personnel
Production

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