Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice returned to the stage after 15 years in 2007, launching a triumphant world tour as Heaven & Hell. Revitalized and inspired by their time on the road, the quartet recently returned to the studio, recording the band's first album since 1992's Dehumanizer. The highly anticipated album, The Devil You Know, will be available from Rhino on April 28.
"Everyone had so much fun playing together that we didn't want it to end,"
says the group. "We started writing together and the songs started flowing
like we never stopped. We wound up writing and recording an album that
stands up to anything we've ever done. We're really proud of the music and
excited for people to hear it."
The dark tone heard on The Devil You Know is clear from several of the
album's song titles, such as "Bible Black," "Rock & Roll Angel," "Breaking
Into Heaven," "Atom & Evil" and "Eating the Cannibals."
The seeds of the new album were planted in 2006, when Dio, Iommi, Butler
and Appice returned to the studio to record a trio of new songs for Black
Sabbath: The Dio Years, a recent compilation of essential tracks taken from
the quartet's four albums together. Soon after, the band launched a run of
sold-out shows around the world, electrifying audiences with its malevolent