Black Sabbath - Cross Purposes

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Posted on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:16am
by John MacMillan

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Studio Album

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I.R.S. Records


Album Overview

Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in January 1994.


1I Witness4:58
2Cross Of Thorns4:34
4Virtual Death5:49
5Immaculate Deception4:15
6Dying For Love5:53
7Back To Eden3:57
8The Hand That Rocks The Cradle4:30
9Cardinal Sin4:21
10Evil Eye5:59

Album information

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.

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.


The album peaked at number 122 on the Billboard 200 charts.

In July 2014, Guitar World magazine ranked Cross Purposes at number six in the "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Tony Martin, except "Evil Eye" written by Butler, Iommi, Martin, and Eddie Van Halen (who was not credited, due to restrictions from his record label, Warner Bros. Records).


Band members

  • Tony Iommi – guitars
  • Geezer Butler – bass
  • Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
  • Tony Martin – vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli – drums


  • Leif Mases - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Darren Galer, Dave Somers - assistant engineers
  • Tony Cousins - mastering



Bass: Geezer Butler
Drums: Bobby Rondinelli
Engineer: Leif Mases
Engineer [Assistant Engineer At Monnow Valley Studios, Wales]: Darren Galer
Engineer [Assistant Engineer At The Wool Hall, Somerset]: Dave Somers
Guitar: Tony Iommi
Keyboards: Geoff Nicholls
Mastered By: Tony Cousins
Producer: Black Sabbath
Producer: Leif Mases
Vocals: Tony Martin
Written-By: Geezer Butler
Written-By: Tony Iommi
Written-By: Tony Martin


Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios, Wales Mixed at The Wool Hall, Sommerset. Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London



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