Black Sabbath – The Rules Of Hell (5 CD box set) announced!

From Black-Sabbath.com webmaster Joe Seigler:

When Black Box was released in 2004, one of the things not mentioned then was “what about remastering all the other Sabbath albums?” Well, today (part of) that has been announced. First off, I must state that this is NOT called Black Box II. That’s my own name. This is called “The Rules of Hell”.

I have already asked a few questions of Band management regarding this box set, when I get some answers, I’ll report back. What I’ve asked is this:

Is this a new remastering session, or is it the same sessions that produced the versions used on the Dio Years?

Anything in the way of extras, or is it just the albums like it was in Black Box?

Will there be Geezer (or Ronnie as the case may be) approved lyrics again like there were in Black Box?

Will the albums be made available on their own, or only as part of this box set?

Again, I do not know the answers to these questions – yet. When I find out, I’ll report back. This is very cool, as the Dio era albums need an upgrade. I’m hopeful about the extras, because there are more tracks sitting around than what were on the actual albums, so hopefully some of that stuff can be released, too. Here is the official text regarding this set:

Heaven & Hell will be supporting the release of ‘The Rules Of Hell’ a five-CD boxed set available on July 22nd from Rhino Records which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era Black Sabbath albums (‘Heaven and Hell,’ ‘Mob Rules,’ ‘Live Evil,’ and ‘Dehumanizer’) in a deluxe package with new liner notes.

A personal note: That leaves “Black Box 3: The Everything else set”. Bring that on too, guys!

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Very cool! I’m a huge Sabbath fan and I particularly prefer the post-Ozzy/Dio led years. It was only a matter of time before this came out and I’m glad they decided to because the Dio era always gets brushed aside for the Ozzy era. With the success of Heaven & Hell and THE DIO YEARS CD, Rhino probably decided it was the right time. Add the fact that Heaven & Hell is working on a new record! Wow! This is going to be great!

One question: What’s the 5th disc if all four Dio albums are included?

— Steve

Metal Masters Tour (Heaven & Hell, Judas Priest, Motorhead, & Testament) announced!

From Bravewords.com:

As previously reported, after weeks of speculation, LiveNation.com has announced that JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT will unite for the upcoming Metal Masters Tour.

The fifteen-date US trek kicks off August 6th at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning this weekend at LiveNation.com.

Judas Priest mainman Rob Halford commented: “As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road. Thank you once again for your devotion and support. The Priest is back!”

This tour will be limited to fifteen very special engagements, and Citi cardmembers will have pre-sale access to tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program, available to all Citi cardmembers at this location.

Fans seeking the ultimate concert experience can access unique VIP ticket and fan experience packages that offer premium seats, meet & greets, pre-concert parties and more brought to you by the band’s official websites, JudasPriest.com, HeavenAndHellLive.com.VIP packages for the first events will be on sale by 10 AM Eastern time on Friday, April 25th. Also, not all VIP packages are the same, so be sure to pick the right one that suits you best.

Dates on the Metal Masters Tour include:

August
6 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
7 – Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
9 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
10 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
13 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
15 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
16 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
18 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
19 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
22 – Superpages.com Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
23 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
24 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – San Antonio, TX
27 – Journal Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
28 – Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
30 – Glen Helen Pavilion – San Bernardino, CA
31 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA

September
1 – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, NV

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Well this has been in the works for awhile. I’ll be at the Mohegan Sun show on August 15th. My birthday is the 16th so it will be a cool way to ring in year 36! My only complaint is the Citibank presale. It’s cool to let people have a chance at decent seats but I don’t want to get shutout.

— Steve