Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1994.
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
. Eddie Van Halen
is the un-credited co-author of the song "Evil Eye"; contractual restrictions prevent him from getting credit. Originally he was to play on the song, but scheduling conflicts prevented this.
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 was shot for The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. It was shot in grainy b/w, very much en vogue for music videos at the time.
"What's the Use?" was released only on the Japanese edition of Cross Purposes, which also contained a free sticker of the artwork.
- "I Witness" – 4:56
- "Cross of Thorns" – 4:32
- "Psychophobia" – 3:15
- "Virtual Death" – 5:49
- "Immaculate Deception" – 4:15
- "Dying for Love" – 5:53
- "Back to Eden" – 3:57
- "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" – 4:30
- "Cardinal Sin" – 4:21
- "Evil Eye" – 5:58
The Japanese release added a bonus track, and a sticker of the album sleeve:
- "What's the Use" – 3:03
All songs were credited to Tony Martin, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler. "Evil Eye" was written by Martin, Iommi, and Butler with Eddie Van Halen, but Van Halen was not credited.