Cross Purposes

Cross Purposes
Studio album by
Released31 January 1994
StudioMonnow Valley Studios, Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales
GenreHeavy metal
Length47:27 (50:30 with bonus track)
ProducerLeif Mases, Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath chronology
Cross Purposes

Cross Purposes is the 17th studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in January 1994.

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. 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.

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