Dio – The Last in Line (1984) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - The Last in Line - Album CoverI 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 [...] 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Dream Evil (1987) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Dream Evil - Album CoverHeavy Metal is one of my favorite styles and passions in music. And one band having 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, not torn asunder by some assholes trying to rearrange our lives. Or perhaps they did already, only we did not realize it. There was no internet and no cell phones to speak of back then. Still the good old iron curtain in place, which only fell after 1989. 

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Dio – Lock Up The Wolves (1990) – Review

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RockumsicRaider Review - Dio - Lock Up The Wolves - Album CoverOkay, when looking through the older records that are living in the confines of this vast collection of mine, I stumbled across Dio (the one with the spider that came along). Good, old and heartwarming Heavy Metal. One of my favorite suppliers of good, crunchy and relaxing Night Music. Long time no hear, by the way, as I was much concentrating on the new age metal stuff that keeps on getting thrown at us.

Founded by Ronnie James Dio after his departure from Black Sabbath (yes, the Ozzy, Tony and Geezer one) in [...] Click to raid more!