Black Sabbath: Mob rules


I love Black Sabbath. And I love Ronnie James Dio. And I fucking enjoy Sabbath’s Dio era. So if you’re one of those retards who’s always whining that “Dio’s just not Ozzy”, you can go fist yourself.


Anyway, the other day I dug out the “Mob Rules” record. With every track I was reminded of the greatness of this album, and I got that funny little itch to review it. I did a quick search on GD to see if it had been covered yet and, to my deep dismay, I discovered that it had indeed been covered and poorly rated by, of all people, this guy. Ouch. Sorry kid. So here I am to give “Mob Rules” a spot in the category it deserves: the legendary Class6(66).


8,5 “Mob Rules” is Sabbath’s 10th album and, debatably, their last worthy offering. By now these guys are dedicated pioneers, they know well their musical capabilities, and they give it everything they’ve got. Like everything written by Iommi, Dio, and Butler, this album is irrefutably influenced by the darker, heavier side of the blues. Each song has its own virtue (perhaps track 8 is slightly weaker than the rest, but still good) and the music is played with a renewed energy and rawer feel.


8. The production here is clear, pretty well balanced (drums are a bit loud), and teeters into a slight ’80s-style reverb. On the whole, the production is fine and does justice for all tracks.


10. I think the most common complaint I’ve heard about Dio-era Sabbath is that RJDsimply doesn’t emanate that classic Ozzy/Sabbath sound that first mesmerized the music world. It’s a fair statement. But to be such a sappy, nostalgic antediluvian is to really miss out on some truly ace material from these metal masterminds. Ronnie James Dio’s vocals with Tony Iommi’s riffs? Come on!


9. Iommi’s solos, layering of his guitar tones, and his brilliantly classic heavy metal vibe that no one else has is just incredible. Somehow I never tire of his solos; I just want to hear them again and again. Iommi is like Jimmy Page: one can easily recognize their respective work since they have each created an unique sound all their own. The killer riff in “Sign of the southern cross” is basically responsible for the existence of Candlemass, Saint Vitus and the whole doom metal genre. Massive statement, I know, but it’s true. Another massive statement: Tony Iommi is Black Sabbath.


8. If Iommi is a guitar god, Geezer is a bass demon. Harmonizing, reinforcing, and adding depth and dimension to the riffs, he really makes the perfect bassist. He has also created his own style, and, unlike a lot of bassists, he actually brings something to the table instead of simply copying the guitarist.


8. What can I say? It’s another display of delightful steadybeat drumming in the standard Appice fashion.


9. Typical abstruse RJD lyrics, this time with fewer medieval monsters and rainbows.

Cover art

9. The cover art for “Mob Rules” was painted by prolific artist Greg Hildebrandt. He has done paintings for The Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Star Wars, Magic: The Gathering, Harry Potter, and is a well-known pinup artist. Allegedly, there are some hidden secrets in this painting. People have claimed that if you closely examine the blood splatters on the sheet, it forms the head of the Devil! Oh no! Not the Devil! And the other claim is, in the lower right corner, the words “Kill Ozzy” serve as a subliminal message to the masses. I don’t think anyone cares enough about Ozzy to even want to kill him.


8. I actually like the fact that Black Sabbath never had an official logo. It gave them more freedom to design their shit however they wanted. On the “Mob Rules” cover it’s something of a graffiti look.


3. I’m going off an Earmark vinyl reissue. They’ve kept it pretty simple, including the full lyrics and a short history of the album.

Overall and ending rant

“Mob Rules” is one of the best Black Sabbath albums of all time. This is not my opinion, this is fact. If you even remotely consider yourself a Sabbath follower, you need to own this record.

The end.


  • Information
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Website:
  • Band
  • Ronnie James Dio: vocals
  • Tony Iommi: guitar
  • Geezer Butler: bass
  • Vinny Appice: drums
  • Geoff Nicholls: keyboards
  • Tracklist
  • 01. Turn Up the Night
  • 02. Voodoo
  • 03. The Sign of the Southern Cross
  • 04. E5150
  • 05. The Mob Rules
  • 06. Country Girl
  • 07. Slipping Away
  • 08. Falling Off the Edge of the World
  • 09. Over and Over

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