A few years ago, the "Nativity in Black" CD came out with some of the best Sabbath slabs covered by truly great artists. "Nativity in Black II" has a lot to live up to, but, as with most sequels, it falls painfully flat. While some of the tracks on this tribute do live up to great expectations -- Godsmack's "Sweet Leaf," Megadeth's live version of "Never Say Die," Slayer's "Hand of Doom" and Soulfly's stirring "Under the Sun" -- the other songs are bad attempts at tapping into the dreary majesty that is Sabbath.
System of a Down melts "Snowblind" beyond recognition. "Into the Void" becomes an eight-minute snoozefest in Monster Magnet's hands. The worst is "Iron Man," a stinking collaboration by Busta Rhymes and Ozzy Osbourne that is absolutely awful.