February 11, 2009 / 12:18 AM / 10 years ago

Black Sabbath alumni recording new album

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Heaven And Hell, the band featuring the post-Ozzy Osbourne members of Black Sabbath, will release its first album under that name on April 28.

“The Devil You Know” (Rhino), featuring singer Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, was preceded by three new songs on the recent compilation “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.”

Song titles on the new set include “Bible Black,” “Rock & Roll Angel,” “Breaking Into Heaven,” “Atom & Evil” and “Eating the Cannibals.”

Dio joined Black Sabbath after Osbourne was ousted in 1979, and recorded two studio albums — “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” — before an acrimonious split with his bandmates in 1982. They announced a reunion in October 2006 — with Appice subbing for original drummer Bill Ward — and embarked on a tour the following year.

Iommi told Billboard last summer that “it really is Black Sabbath, whatever we do,” but that they had chosen to tour as Heaven And Hell “so everyone knows what they’re getting (and) so people won’t expect to hear (Osbourne-era) ‘Iron Man’ and all those songs. We’ve done them for so many years, it’s nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again.”

As for Osbourne, he is gearing up for the debut later this year of a new Fox variety show with his family, “Osbournes: Reloaded.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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