Forced back to the drawing board after 1992's 'Dehumanizer,' Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler checked their little black books to see if there were any musicians who hadn't done time in Black Sabbath and came up with former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli.

Then they reinstated Tony Martin, who sang with the band from 1987-1990, for a new album they were planning to release under another name.

But in 1994, ‘Cross Purposes’ arrived in stores under the Black Sabbath moniker. But the band once again found themselves lurking in the long shadow of Ozzy Osbourne, who was in the middle of a "retirement" tour.

‘Cross Purposes’ features a few good cuts -- like 'Cross of Thorns’ and ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’ -- among the forgettable songs. But by now even Sabbath’s staunchest supporters had largely thrown up their hands in surrender over the band’s never-ending reversals of fate.

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