The Devil You Know[1] is the only studio album from heavy metal band Heaven & Hell; the members had previously recorded as a group in an earlier line-up of Black Sabbath.[2] The Devil You Know was Ronnie James Dio's final studio appearance prior to his death in May 2010.

The album's US import was released in Japan on 24 April 2009, four days earlier than its original due date of 28 April. The Japan domestic pressing which is a SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) was released on 27 April. It was produced by the band and sound engineer Mike Exeter.[3]

The Devil You Know reached the top 10 in its first week of release, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 30,000 copies sold.[4]


 [hide*1 Conception


In 2006 the Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath line-up recorded three new tracks, "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall" for an upcoming greatest hits package entitled Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. Guitarist Tony Iommi said that the tracks were created because he felt there was nothing worthwhile releasing in the vaults from the Dio-era studio recordings and so these new songs were written and recorded. The song "The Devil Cried" was released as a promotional single for the release.[5][6] Initially Dio commented that after the recording of those songs, he expected to leave the band and return to Dio and that another "Sabbath album" was "the last thing on my mind".[6] Iommi commented that Heaven & Hell agreed on an album whilst the band was in Japan on their 2007 tour.[7] The band started work on the album before and after the Metal Masters Tour in Dio and Iommi's houses respectively.[3] Each member submitted CDs of material for the project.[3] Iommi has described the work so far as being "really good, pretty powerful".[8]

Title and art[edit]Edit

The album artwork is adapted from a painting by Per Øyvind Haagensen entitled Satan.[9] The artwork features the numbers 25 and 41.[10] Geezer Butler stated in an interview that the numbers refer to the Bible verse Matthew 25:41, which deals with the Last Judgment where "those who sit at the left side of God are cast down into Hell".[11] He also has explained that the name of the album is a reference to the name of the band, as fans know them as Black Sabbath.[12] When finalising the cover art, the band narrowed it down to their two favourites but had a difficult time making a final decision. The second of those two favourites prominently features the traditional Black Sabbath devil logo. That alternative cover is available exclusively at Wal-Mart within the United States.[13]

Critical reception[edit]Edit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [15] 8.5/10[6]
Sputnikmusic [16]
IGN 7.9/10[17]
Metal Hammer 9/10[18]

The Devil You Know has received generally positive reviews. The album currently holds a score of 63/100 at the aggregate review site, Metacritic, indicating mixed or positive reviews.[14] Allmusic described the album as being like Black Sabbath's Paranoid in matching its moment.[15] However, it goes on to note that Heaven & Hell expresses a "very different side of their musical personalities" than Black Sabbath, and that the differing band name is suitable.[15] Metal Hammer described the album as "one of the heavy releases of the year".[19] Martin Popoff rated the album as better thanDehumanizer, but not as good as Heaven and Hell or Mob Rules.[20] He described Dio's vocals being delivered with "thespian enunciation" and "passion".[20]


Heaven & Hell embarked on a second international tour (after their 2007 tour) in support of The Devil You Know. The band's first scheduled date was in Bogota on 5 May 2009.[21] They / supported by progressive rock acts Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Volta on North America for a select number of shows in August 2009.[22]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Ronnie James DioTony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Atom and Evil"   5:15
2. "Fear"   4:48
3. "Bible Black"   6:29
4. "Double the Pain"   5:25
5. "Rock and Roll Angel"   6:02
6. "The Turn of the Screw"   5:02
7. "Eating the Cannibals"   3:37
8. "Follow the Tears"   6:12
9. "Neverwhere"   4:35
10. "Breaking into Heaven"   6:53
Total length: 53:31
iTunes exclusive bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "I" (live) 6:30
12. "Die Young" (live; lyrics by Dio; music composed by Dio, Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward) 6:46


Chart (2009) Peak


Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 84
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 24
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[26] 26
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 15
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[32] 20
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33] 95
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 31
UK Albums (OCC)[36] 21
US Billboard 200[37] 8
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[38] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[39] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[40] 2


Heaven & Hell
Additional Personnel
  • Mike Exeter – keyboards
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