The Devil You Know

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April 15, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

There is a small group of Black Sabbath fans who believe the band produced its best work after singer Ronnie James Dio replaced Lord of Darkness/future variety-show host Ozzy Osbourne in the late ’70s. Alas, their case will not be aided by their new album, The Devil You Know, from that (renamed) lineup, with metal tracks such as ”Double the Pain” and ”Atom and Evil” sounding turgid compared with the 1980 song that gifted the quartet its new name. The lively ”Eating the Cannibals” boasts some nice shredding from guitar legend Tony Iommi. But this is mostly just hellish. C?

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