Bible Black (song)

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"Bible Black"
Bible Black (song).jpg
Single by Heaven & Hell
from the album The Devil You Know
Released March 20, 2009 (Radio)
March 31, 2009 (iTunes)
Recorded 2008
Genre Heavy metal, doom metal
Length 6:29
Label Rhino Entertainment
Songwriter(s) Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler
Producer(s) Heaven & Hell, Mike Exeter
The Devil You Know track listing
"Bible Black"
"Double the Pain"

"Bible Black" is a song by heavy metal band Heaven & Hell from their 2009 album, The Devil You Know. The song was premiered on 20 March 2009 by Eddie Trunk.[1]


According to singer Ronnie James Dio, the song is about a man who is addicted to the Bible Black, a darkly twisted version of the Holy Bible, which ultimately corrupts and destroys him.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was made and premiered on VH1 Classic as the first video of Metal Mania. It came on right after the season 2 finale of That Metal Show, which Ronnie James Dio and Geezer Butler of Heaven & Hell were guests on. The video is in animation and features the band via shadows. The premise of the video is an angel in Heaven picks up a black book (a'la the song "Bible Black"). When he opens it, it sends him down to Hell.

Tony Iommi spoke his opinions on the video, calling it "bloody awful,"[citation needed] and stating it was the only part of the album he was unhappy with, as well as the fact that the band had no involvement in it.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Bible Black" (6:29)
  2. "Neon Knights" (live from Radio City Music Hall) (4:00)


Classic rock called it "The first too-heavy-even-for-radio 2-single."[citation needed]


  1. ^ Trunk, Eddie. "World Premiere of New Sabbath Tonight". Eddie Trunk's official website. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Heaven & Hell: New Audio Interview With Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler Available — Mar. 27, 2009". Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-30.