Given the age of these musicians, this is a very impressive album. I like the production, the themes and atmosphere. It is looking ahead in time, doesn't stick the the "good old sound" but as Ronnie Dio mentions in an interview on why the album turned out like it is "Well, it hasn't been a very happy world for a long long time". Sounds like Dehumanizer right there. And actually it is, the same vibe lies over this album as with Dehumanizer, but it is still not consciously looking back and trying to be Dehumanizer. It is still reflecting the true feelings of the artists involved. Song by song now:
Atom and Evil: Almost too much of a cliché title for some, but this song is amazing. The riffs are classic Iommi-ish, Ronnie's vocals are powerful as are his lyrics, the drum and bass sound is thunder as always. A very powerful song. 4/5
Fear: Hell yeah. I REALLY like this riff. Also contains one of the best lyric lines off the album: "We ran until we found we had the power, illuminate the world and make it burn". Also extremely powerful. 4,5/5
Bible Black: The single off the album. Really strong stuff here, the classic structure with the soft acoustic intro going into a thunderous riff and a real metal song "Children of the Sea" style. Not as good as Children of the Sea though. 4/5
Double The Pain: I think Geezer came up with this riff. Some extremely good lyrics from Mr. Dio here, excellent thundering bass etc etc. 4/5
Rock and Roll Angel: The riff in the verses kind of remind me of "I" off Dehumanizer. The song isn't really as good as the others at first, I would give it a 3,5/5 if it wasn't for the acoustic parts, those are golden. 4/5.
The Turn of the Screw: "Onto the next one..." I've always been weak for songs dealing with insanity, such as Pink Floyds "Brain Damage" and David Bowie's "All the Madmen". This one isn't as good as them, but it's a fine song. 4/5
Eating the Cannibals: Not really a typical Iommi riff, it is kind of... bouncy... but it works good. Some very interesting lyrics here from Dio, but as a whole maybe the song isn't the most innovative in structure or soundscape. 3,5/5
Follow the Tears: Must be the DARKEST song off the album. The lyrics get even darker, the riff gets darker, they add Church Organ. I mean, how can you possibly go wrong? My personal favorite off the album, this is the shit. 4,5/5
Neverwhere: Has a Dio (the band) feel to it, which isn't a bad thing. Also here Iommi's riff tends to be a bit "bouncy", but I like this one a lot. 4/5
Breaking into Heaven: Some of the best melodies on the album are found here. The lyrics hold up to the rest of the material, really interesting stuff. Not the first song you think of and get hooked at from first second, but it's good. 3,5/5
None of the songs are BRILLIANT, MINDBLOWING and SHOULD BE REMEMBERED FOR ALL TIME. I really want them to be remembered, but I have to be honest and say that they have done much better music together before. Still, as I said, this is more than impressive for a 65+ bunch of dudes. They must be Gods or something...