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Ten years after they left Black Sabbath to form Dio, vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice returned to the fold for 1992’s Dehumanizer. Also returning to the lineup was original bassist Geezer Butler. While this reconstituted cast was bound to rekindle some magic of the classic Sabbath incarnations, no one was prepared for the glorious onslaught of Dehumanizer. It’s not that the album re-creates the aura of Sabotage or even Heaven and Hell; it simply presents a group that appears to be at the absolute peak of its powers, brimming with fortitude and momentum. The production is a godsend. Reinhold Mack gives Sabbath a sound that's so loud and in your face that even the classic albums produced by Rodger Bain and Patrick Meehan can’t compare. There's simply no way to turn this record down; even if you play it with the volume low it'll jump out and smack you in the teeth. If you harbor doubts that a Sabbath album from 1992 could be one of the greatest rock albums ever made, take some time to bask in the wickedness of “Computer God,” “Letters from Earth," and “After All.”

Customer Reviews

Dehumanizer is Amazing!

When this was released in '92, I was very interested in hearing this album. By also looking at the tracks, I also noticed that this was Dio's first album with those famous D&D lyrics. I also bought the 2008 reissue from the remastered set "The Rules of Hell". "Computer God" is to me, one amazing way to start an album. Amazing drumming by Vinny. "After All" is probably one of the darkest tracks Sabbath every wrote. My favorite Dio-era track. And also one of my favorite Sabbath tracks of all time. "TV Crimes" is also an amazing track that was released as the single for this album. Sadly it didn't rank as high as I thought it would. Then it goes to "Letters From Earth", which also is another favorite of mine. The same with "Master of Insanity". "Time Machine" is also one of the best tracks on the album and that's the track that I think should have been released as the single. When the Wayne's World version was released in the summer of '92, I knew it would chart high. It did. And to me, the last amazing track is "I". Basically if you want a true heavy metal masterpiece, buy this album. Tracks recommended - "Computer God", "After All (The Dead)", "TV Crimes", "Letters From Earth", "Master of Insanity", "Time Machine (Waynes World version too.)", & "I".

A personal favorite

This is one of the finest metal albums of all time. I, computer god, letters from earth, and sins of the father are truly stand out tracks. Just about my favorite sabbath album. The riffs alone are worth the purchase. Took them a year and more than a mil to make but it's a masterpiece of metal.

Why is this MASTERPIECE so underrated?

I do not understand why this album doesn't get it's due. Sure, it isn't as amazing as The Mob Rules or Heaven and Hell, but it's still an amazing and mind-blowing album. Released in 1992-a time when grunge and alternative music was dominating the rock music scene-Black Sabbath stook to their guns and remained true to themselves.

The next thing you know, metal was on the defensive and decline. Metallica and Megadeth got lighter (and would soon go to a more alternative sound), Anthrax became more alternative sounding, Motorhead got lighter and was making their worst records, KISS was unmasked and stumbling from one fad to another, Izzy and Duff left Guns N' Roses (the band soon became inactive and Slash would soon leave), Deep Purple was about to do their ultimately failed Mk 2 comeback album, Judas Priest said they were done after Rob Halford left, Bruce Dickinson had just left Iron Maiden, Dave Lombardo had left Slayer, and Ozzy Osbourne had gotten lighter and would soon go on his "Retirement" Tour. This left the biggest heavy metal bands in the world at the time either crippled, completely different sounding, with member changes, or no more (at the time being). If metal wasn't dead, it sure as hell was close to being killed.

The only well-known metal band that was still popular without changing in 1992 was Pantera-who were fairly new to the game, and had created a new subgenre of metal, groove metal, and Black Sabbath-a band left for dead after the exit of members of the first three lineups, lackluster albums, and one of the worst Black Sabbath albums in Tyr. After Tony Iommi fired the Tony Martin era of Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio convinced Tony Iommi to let them in Black Sabbath in 1990, with Vinnie Appice rejoining them soon after (thus completely the reunion of the Mob Rules lineup, aka Mk III). The album had several problems, with writing tensions between Iommi and Dio causing songs to be written and re-written, and financial issues (the album cost millions to make). It took almost two years to complete (while the music world collapsed).

The four had captured lightning in a bottle for a second time, and was it heavy! The album was the heaviest Black Sabbath album ever. On tracks like "Computer God," "TV Crimes," and especially "I" Ronnie James Dio sounds like someone who is about to go on a killing spree (at the age of 50 then!), with creepy medieval-sounding keyboard playing in the background in songs like (After All) The Dead, Vinnie Appice's thunderous drumming, Geezer Butler's creepy bass lines, and Tony Iommi's killer riffs and crushing solos. And Black Sabbath hadn't gotten faster; they actually slowed down. However they became more doom metal-like, and were twice as heavy as anything before.

Computer God - Pure doom metal, and nothing short of Godly. To think the lyrics are about computers becoming the new "religion" and this song was written in 1990-1992 is absolutely insane. Possibly the best Dio-era opening track! 10/10
After All (The Dead) - Creepy keyboard playing leads straight into another slow doomy classic that will hit you like metal! 10/10
TV Crimes - A stone cold speeding classic that crushes the subject of televangelists in it for the money with pure metal! 10/10
Letters From Earth - A more loose doomy-yet somewhat light sounding piece of raw metal. Not the best, but still good! 9.25/10
Master of Insanity - A straight-forward metallic classic that is light sounding but is dark-and a pure classic. 9.75/10
Time Machine - A riff chugging maniac adventure through someone's nostalgic denial. In other words, classic Black Sabbath! 9.5/10
Sins of the Father - A riff and solo heavy song that really launches, but doesn't go too far. Still a pretty good song. 8/10
Too Late - An odd yet beautiful almost ballad-esk crushing song that hits you sideways-but still hits you hard! 8.75/10
I - Dio is incredible here, and the riff & solo are absolutely timeless. This song is pure gold, and is totally stunning! 10/10
Buried Alive - A song about joining a relgious organization seeking salvation, finding out it's a lie, but sticking around and not sticking up. Musically this song somewhat drags on a bit, but this song still hits like a freight train. 8.75/10

Bonus Track:
Time Machine (Wayne's World Version)- Pretty much the same thing, but it's worth the purchase if you like the original version of the song or this album.

Ultimately, if you are a Black Sabbath fan-especially a Black Sabbath Dio era fan-you need to get this album. If you're a doom or power metal fan, you need to get this album. If you are a metal fan who likes bands that get heavier-get this album. If you are a fan of bands that refuse to comprimise or listen to what MTV and the music industry tell them (which is funny, because both are practically dead nowadays!)-check out this album. This is some real legit music.


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An English hard rock institution whose influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated, Black Sabbath not only pioneered the genre, they helped launch the career of one of its most colorful and controversial characters in Ozzy Osbourne. The band distilled the smoke and strife of its industrial hometown into a punitive blast of doom-laden heavy blues-rock via bass player Geezer Butler's dystopian lyrics, which leaned heavily on the occult, and guitarist Tony Iommi's seismic riffing. When paired with...
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