Lonely Is the Word
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
Sabbath's first record without Ozzy surprised everybody. New singer, ex-Elf and Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio raised the bar for metal vocalists, while Tony Iommi delivered nastier guitar riffs than he had in years. The result is one of the group's best all-round efforts, marked by the bad-ass title track and the positively scarifying "Die Young."