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, we would miss a big junk of metal lore. You can surely find fault with his earlier or later work, but fact of the matter is that he wrote metal history. First during his tenure with Rainbow, just to be found in cahoots with the folks of Black Sabbath a short while later. The first Dio album Holy Diver launched in 1983, just a few short months after his somewhat unduly hasty departure from Iommi’s troops. [...]