CROSS PURPOSES

cross-purposes

Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on January 31, 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 drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Geezer Butler remained with the group, although he would depart later in the year again before the recording of the Forbidden album.
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 in black-and-white was shot for the song “Hand That Rocks the Cradle”.
“What’s the Use?” was released only on the Japanese edition of Cross Purposes, which also contained a free sticker of the artwork. A nearly identical version of the “burning angel” image was featured on a Scorpions single three years earlier.

1. “I Witness” 4:56
2. “Cross of Thorns” 4:32
3. “Psychophobia” 3:16
4. “Virtual Death” 5:49
5. “Immaculate Deception” 4:15
6. “Dying for Love” 5:53
7. “Back to Eden” 3:57
8. “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” 4:31
9. “Cardinal Sin” 4:20
10. “Evil Eye” 5:58
11. “What’s the Use?” (Japanese Edition bonus track) 3:03

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