Entertainment Weekly - 8/14/92, p.60Rating: B+
Reflex - 11/10/92, p.68
"...the first release worthy of the Black Sabbath name since 1981...Sabbath's finally back to bruising business..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.843 stars out of 5
-- "The music is high-octane hard rock as much as it is heavy metal, with songs such as 'TV Crimes,' 'Computer God' and 'Sins Of The Father' all deserving a place in any given Sabbath set."
Black Sabbath: Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar); Geezer Butler (bass); Vinny Appice (drums).
Additional personnel: Geoff Nicholls (keyboards).
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales, England.
Black Sabbath: Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar); Geoff Nicholls (keyboards); Geezer Butler (bass guitar); Vinny Appice (drums).
In 1992, a reunion of the Black Sabbath mark II lineup occurred, garnering a sigh of relief from the worldwide fans of the group. In the '80s and early '90s, the metal outfit went through countless personnel changes and perhaps should have been called The Tony Iommi Project. This reunion with Ronnie James Dio was a precursor to the four original members reuniting in December 1997.
DEHUMANIZER is a thunderously heavy album. The band sported a "take no prisoners" attitude in showing they could rock even harder than a decade earlier. "TV Crimes," the album's first single, is a fast and furious number featuring the drumming talents of Vinny Appice. Songs like "Masters of Insanity" and "Sins of the Father" contribute to the album's dark feel. "Time Machine" is the standout track, and a second version from the WAYNE'S WORLD 2 soundtrack is featured. Dio's voice ages like fine wine, and Geezer Butler's inventive bass line dominates the track. DEHUMANIZER is the sweet fruit of this mark II reunion.