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The Devil Cried

"The Devil Cried"
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Black Sabbath: The Dio Years
Released13 March 2007
Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi
Producer(s)Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Selling My Soul"
"The Devil Cried"
"God Is Dead?"

"The Devil Cried" is a song by heavy metal band Black Sabbath featured on the compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.[1] The song peaked on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at No. 38.[2] It was one of three new recordings the group did for the compilation (the others being "Shadow of the Wind" and "Ear in the Wall").[3] Tony Iommi has called the song, "a mid-tempo track which is... riff-based again, great vocals and I think that's really good."[4]

According to Dio on the "Heaven and Hell Road Movie" extra on the Live from Radio City Music Hall DVD, the song is about the ability to return to Heaven if a soul in Hell could succeed in making Satan cry.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Dio Years - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Black Sabbath | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Rhino | Black Sabbath | The Dio Years". Rhino. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  4. ^ Iommi, Tony (February 2007). " - Interviews - Heaven and Hell - Tony Iommi". Metaleater (Interview). Interviewed by Philip Wickstrand. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2009.