Black Sabbath – Dehumanizer (1992)

Easily, hands down, zero argument: the best Sabbath album with Dio. Released seemingly randomly between the band’s albums with Tony Martin on vocals, Iommi rather unceremoniously sacked off that entire line up to reform with Geezer and Dio to reignite the Mob Rules line up.

There seems to be a lot of shit online about Dio’s lyrics on here, but I genuinely don’t think they are particular awful, especially on the usual Dio cheese to ham scale. Its a pleasure to hear Iommi popping out some actual sinister fucking riffs though, after plodding through a decade’s worth of arena rock numbers. Unfortunately for Geezer, even on a tidy pair of IEMs, I can’t do much with his bass performance, even on the remastered version.