Cross Purposes

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Cross Purposes
Studio album by Black Sabbath
Released 31 January 1994
Recorded Monnow Valley Studios, Wales, 1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length 46:53
Label I.R.S.
Producer Leif Mases, Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath chronology
Dehumanizer
(1992)
Cross Purposes
(1994)
Forbidden
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in January 1994.

Album information[edit]

Dehumanizer saw the reunion of Mob Rules-era Black Sabbath, but, after the tour, Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Vinny Appice (drums) departed. They were replaced by former Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin and former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Until the October 1998 release of their album Reunion, Cross Purposes was the last Black Sabbath album recorded with Geezer Butler on bass until 13.

The song "Cardinal Sin" was originally intended to be titled "Sin Cardinal Sin" (or "Sin, Cardinal Sin") but a printing error on the album sleeve caused the first word to be removed. Sabbath simply adopted the title "Cardinal Sin" as the name of the song.

A promo video in black-and-white was shot for the song "Hand That Rocks the Cradle".

"What's the Use?" was released only on the Japanese edition of Cross Purposes, which also contained a free sticker of the artwork. A nearly identical version of the "burning angel" image was featured on a Scorpions single three years earlier.

The album peaked at number 122 on the Billboard 200 charts.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Tony Martin, except "Evil Eye" written by Butler, Iommi, Martin, and Eddie Van Halen (who was not credited, due to restrictions from his record label, Warner Bros. Records). 

No. Title Length
1. "I Witness"   4:56
2. "Cross of Thorns"   4:32
3. "Psychophobia"   3:16
4. "Virtual Death"   5:49
5. "Immaculate Deception"   4:15
6. "Dying for Love"   5:53
7. "Back to Eden"   3:57
8. "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"   4:31
9. "Cardinal Sin"   4:20
10. "Evil Eye"   5:58
11. "What's the Use? (Japanese Edition bonus track)"   3:03

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Production
  • Leif Mases - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Darren Galer, Dave Somers - assistant engineers
  • Tony Cousins - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley Torreano (8 February 1994). "Cross Purposes - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Frost, Deborah (11 February 1994). "Cross Purposes Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Black Sabbath: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Black Sabbath". Retrieved 15 February 2009.