Murray? Who the hell is Murray?

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It’s no secret that Dio has a pretty sturdy following at RMR. Which netted this particular artist a few pretty long reviews already.

So, whenever our crew got to work on this band, we inevitably stumbled across this horned figure. This terrible being that waves those devil’s horns at you, same as Dio himself always did. But – by Loki’s miserable minions – nobody quite knew who or what Murray really was.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Dio rose to fame in the ’80s, after some remarkable stints with outfits like Rainbow and – yes – … [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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I know. For a long time, the review horizon stayed devoid of any new Dio records. To avoid overcooking the stew and scare our fans off, I guess. But – by Loki – the temptations are sometimes just too juicy. Specifically when The Last in Line released on 2 July some 34 years ago. So, here’s to a few moments for this fanboy to gush about Dio and his travels about the early metal landscape.

The ’80s definitely were a superb decade for metal in general. And without the crystal clear voice of Ronnie-James Dio belting out lyrics, [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Holy Diver - Album CoverWhen – in 1982 – Ronnie James Dio defected from Black Sabbath and got his own band in a tearing hurry, we were all kind of scratching our heads. Not knowing where this was all going to end. Of course also counting the fact that Vinnie Appice took off with him on this flight from the witches.

The vapors surrounding their somewhat abrupt departure were pregnant with disconsolate news. About infighting at Black Sabbath, all about power and who should be calling the shots. And am I not surprised: The alpha-males assembled were probably incapable to let go and [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Dream Evil (1987) – Review

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Heavy Metal is one of my favorite styles and passions in music. And one band that truly had a hand in shaping this passion is Dio with the superb 1987 record Dream Evil.

This album played when the world still seemed in order. All kinda black and white, not torn asunder by some assholes trying to rearrange our lives. Or perhaps they did already, only we did not realize it. Also, the internet did not quite exist yet. And nobody yet dreamt of cell phones the way they exist today. Hey, we even had the good old … [...] Click to raid more!