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Cross Purposes (1994)


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Mar 27, 2018
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Title: Cross Purposes
Artist: Black Sabbath
Genre: Heavy Metal
Released: 1994

1 - I Witness - 4:54
2 - Cross of Thorns - 4:34
3 - Psychophobia - 3:10
4 - Virtual Death - 5:45
5 - Immaculate Deception - 4:10
6 - Dying for Love - 5:49
7 - Back to Eden - 3:53
8 - The Hand That Rocks the Cradle - 4:26
9 - Cardinal Sin - 4:17
10 - Evil Eye - 5:55
11 - What's the Use - 3:03

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

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/Blue Öyster Cult drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Until the June 2013 release of their upcoming album 13, Cross Purposes was the last Black Sabbath album recorded with Geezer Butler on bass.

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 was shot for "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", in black-and-white.
"What's the Use?" was released only on the Japanese edition of Cross Purposes, which also contained a free sticker of the artwork. Interestingly, 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.
Music information in first post provided by The AudioDB