Some fans claim that the name « Ozzy » or even « Kill Ozzy » was hidden at the bottom right of the album cover. Here is the section in question. It`s hard to believe, but we lost Ronnie James Dio a year ago today. It seems right to pay a small tribute to his musical legacy, and so here we have Mob Rules from 1981. It was the second and final Black Sabbath studio album to be released with Dio as frontman, until the single reunion CD Dehumanizer in 1992. It`s just as scary and metallic as the cover suggests. Big fan of the Sabbath. Thank you for this page. God tells you, there is NO coincidence in the Ozzy stain on this album cover. It`s just not there.
I mean, Greg Hildebrandt, the artist himself, told you he painted it before it was commissioned by Sabbath, and that splash that sounds like « Ozzy » or « Kill Ozzy » when it`s so gullible has always been there. No one changed him later, and instead of a coincidence, it is the mind that sees what he is told, much like all the satanic masking that Judas Priest had to put on trial. Compared to all this and the even worse career downturns that followed, Mob Rules would be recognized as perhaps the last top album from heavy metal`s founding fathers – and that by definition makes it a must-have release for any confident header. Mob Rules was released on November 4, 1981 and is the tenth studio album by Black Sabbath. It was Black Sabbath`s second and final studio album to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio after Ozzy Osbourne was expelled from the band. (Dio then teamed up with Sabbath in 1992 for the album « Dehumanizer ») Good evening. I`m a big fan of Black Sabbath. Whether it`s Tony, Gillan, Ozzy or Dio. I love this band! And this album has a special meaning for me. I bought it in 1982 and loved it. My god! This is one of my favorites! Lower the nite, the signs of the Southern Cross.
Wonderful stuff! God bless Iommi, Appice, Butler and Master Dio. Thank you for allowing me to express my love for this album and this band. God bless you. Bye The previous year`s album Heaven and Hell had exceeded expectations by delivering Sabbath`s strongest songs since Sabbath Bloody Sabbath in 1973. The new line-up – consisting of former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, instead of the late Bill Ward – had grown so well together musically that the recordings for this new album should go smoothly. Black Sabbath`s first new recording after the album Heaven and Hell was a version of the theme song « The Mob Rules » for the soundtrack of the film Heavy Metal. The track « E5150 » can also be heard in the film, but is not included in the soundtrack. According to guitarist Tony Iommi`s autobiography Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath, the band began writing and rehearsing songs for Mob Rules in a rented house in Toluca Lake in Los Angeles. Initially, the band hoped to record in their own studio to save money, and even bought a recording office; But, says Iommi: « We just couldn`t get a guitar sound.
We tried it in the studio. We tried it in the hallway. We tried it everywhere, but it just didn`t work. We bought a studio and it didn`t work! The band eventually recorded the album at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. In the UK, it became the fourth Black Sabbath studio album to receive silver certification (60,000 units sold) from the British Phonographic Industry in February 1982. Seven of the tracks on the album were played live on the Mob Rules Tour. « E5150 » was used as the opening tape, and « Over and Over » was the only song that was not included in any way on the tour. While the title track was the only song on this album to be played regularly by Black Sabbath on subsequent tours, « Falling Off the Edge of the World » was played live by Heaven & Hell (which consisted of the same Black Sabbath line-up that recorded Mob Rules), and « Sign of the Southern Cross » was occasionally played live by Dio. Ozzy Osbourne on Mafia rules? This album was released in 1981, about 3 years after the breakup of Ozzy & Sabbath. What am I talking about? Well, Ozzy himself doesn`t show up there. If you look right here, you will see the cover of the Mob Rules album.
Under the second of the real person standing there, you will see the name of the person who designed the cover, Greg Hildebrandt. Underneath, it looks like the word Ozzy drawn in the ground. Mob Rules was released on November 4, 1981 and received mixed reviews. It was certified gold in the US and reached the top 20 in the UK, spawning two singles, the title track and « Turn Up the Night ». Greg Prato of AllMusic called the album « underrated » and enthused: « Mob Rules received a much more punchy mix from Birch, who seemed to be full of energy again after working on the new wave of British heavy metal Iron Maiden`s Killers. Essentially, Mob Rules is an excellent album, the only serious problem being sequencing the images that reflect heaven and hell almost to the tee. This was probably just a coincidence as the painting was done before it was allowed by the group, although I do see some slight changes. The recording albums contained all sorts of hidden messages and photos. People claimed to have seen the images of the Beatles in a tree on the cover of a Bob Dylan album. Iommi told Guitar World in 1992, « Mob Rules was a confusing album for us. We started writing songs differently for some reason, and in the end we didn`t use a lot of really great material. This cast was really great, and it all fell apart for very stupid reasons – we all acted like children. The main problem, noted by Mick Wall in his book Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe, was that the balance of power within the group had changed: « Since Bill and Ozzy were happy to let Tony and Geezer handle the heavy chore, they didn`t enter the studio until they were called, even though their flair left them on the end.
The gloomy albums of the Ozzy era, at least everyone knew where they were. Now, however, the creative chemistry had changed. The Mob Rules album is Sabbath`s first album of the Dio era that I joined in the spring of 1995. I was still dealing with the Ozzy era albums, and I wanted to hear a Dio era album, so my friend let me borrow The Mob Rules and I let him borrow Sabotage. I was impressed with the album from start to finish. Like all Sabbath albums, The Mob Rules is a masterpiece! The Sign of the Southern Cross is so powerful and I enjoyed the keyboards and bass effects in E5150 before the big title track of Mob Rules. I agree with the description of the song in the movie « Heavy Metal » in the sypsose as « hammering ». Falling from the edge of the world, again and again, Country Girl and Voodoo are also amazing masterpieces.
It was an honor to hear many of Mob Rules songs when I saw Heaven and Hell live in 2007 and 2009. Mob Rules is Sabbath`s first album to feature Vinny Appice on drums, replacing original member Bill Ward in the middle of the Heaven and Hell tour. When Joe Matera asked him in 2007 if working with a new drummer was painful after so many years, bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler replied, « No, because Vinny was a big fan of the band and loved Bill`s playing. Bill was one of his favorite drummers and so he knew all his parts and my bass parts and adapted accordingly to everyone in the band. He was brilliant. He walked in and followed in Bill`s footsteps. It was the first album to feature Vinny Appice on drums, who had replaced original member Bill Ward midway through the tour to support the previous year`s album Heaven and Hell. This led Ozzy Osbourne to call the cast « Geezer and the three Wops ». Mob Rules is the tenth studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It followed Heaven and Hell from the 1980s and was the second album with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and the first with drummer Vinny Appice. None of the musicians appeared on a Black Sabbath studio album until the 1992 album Dehumanizer.  A perfect album. It`s unbelievable.
He takes everything that has made heaven and hell great and multiplies it by 110. Not a bad song on it. In my opinion, he is partnered with Master of Reality for their best album.