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DIO “The Last In Line” will last my Metal Music lifetime

Posted in 1980's heavy metal albums, 1980's heavy metal hits, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's heavy metal songs, 1980's metal music, Album Review, classic heavy metal albums, classic metal, cool album covers, creepy album covers, essential heavy metal albums, essential metal music albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 1984, heavy metal music, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, power metal music, ronnie james dio, scary album covers, vintage heavy metal albums, vintage heavy metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150DIO, Ronnie James Dio, my Heavy Metal vocal savior, when I served time in High School, back in the 1980’s. (I know I use that punch line about High School often, regardless, it is just the plain truth). The lyrics of DIO’s songs were motivating, captivating and always exhilarating for me while I was growing up in my late teen years. For Metal sake, DIO’s lyrics were influential to me while I was in my early twenties as well. What I took from the lyrical creativity of Ronnie James Dio so many years ago, I no longer take hold of as strong. As I grew up, (well, I think I matured somewhat since the ’80’s), the lyrics of DIO seemed to take on a more entertaining feeling… lyrical interpretation has changed for me over the years, based on life experiences. Seriously, when I used to listen to the song “The Last In Line”, back in High School, well, I equated the lyrics to my being the last in line. I was a typical authority hating – know it all as a teenager, therefore, totally normal for a Metalhead back in the 1980’s. Fast forward to 2009, I equate the lyrics as inspiring still, only I do not dwell on myself and always being the victim, (as I did as a teenager). Plus, being a middle aged Metalhead, I now respect or tolerate authority, depending on the situation. The Heavy Metal of DIO and many, many other Metal bands from decades past encouraged and instilled a strong feeling of hope for me, when I was young… I shall never forget this. The escapism of DIO’s Heavy Metal was the elixir that worked for me years ago… this escapism still works for me now. That is why this 1984 album from DIO “The Last In Line”, will last my Metal Music lifetime.

“Mystery” is another song from the “Last In Line” album that is in my Metal opinion, untouchable. This is one song, that lyrically, I can still relate to. Life is a mystery, plain and simple. There really is nothing more to scrutinize… no one really knows where they are going to be tomorrow. Heck, back in High School, the guidance counselors used to waste their time with us kids, asking us where we want to be, what we want to do when we grow up. These guidance counselors all had a job to do, with fine intentions. The truth is, the paths I took to get where I am now were filled with detours, delays, trauma, luck of the draw, misfortune and certainly fortunate opportunities. In other words… mystery. They don’t teach this in school. I never knew when I was going to get married, plus I never knew how many children my wife and I would have. Mystery.

This is by far and large, the single most influential Heavy Metal song I have ever listened to in my life. Now, the next time you are on a dreaded job interview and the interviewer asks you – “where do you want to be in five years, ten years from now”?… look at this fool straight in the face and tell he or she, as Ronnie James Dio so eloquently put it, “it’s always a mystery, not what it seems to be, it’s always a mystery,  just like you and me”. 

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DIO “Holy Diver” – Long Live This Metal Masterpiece!

Posted in Album Review, classic rock, classic rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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If I was to start a Heavy Metal collection of albums/CD’s from scratch, DIO “Holy Diver” is at the top of my Metal list. Not to smear or take anything away from the legendary Ronnie James Dio of today, however, the prolific and powerful vocals of Dio are evident and found on “Holy Diver”. A younger Ronnie James Dio, of course, with a penchant for delivering the most remarkable Heavy Metal vocals I have ever heard, all here on this Metal masterpiece.

I revere Ronnie James Dio and all the vocals, on all the albums he has done. Outside of the Dio fronted Black Sabbath albums – “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules”, along with all the Dio fronted Rainbow albums, “Holy Diver” still ranks right up there as what I consider Ronnie James Dio’s greatest vocal achievement to date. (This is my Metal opinion). After all these years, going on three decades… I have never, ever, grown tired of this remarkable album. There will forever, only be one Ronnie James Dio, there will never again be another Metal album like “Holy Diver”.

When this album was released in May of 1983, I was lingering in High School. What Ronnie James Dio with his vocals became for me, was a friend. Dio was a lead singer for two of the biggest bands out there, and eventually the namesake for his very own Metal band. “Holy Diver” gave me the inspiration to charge ahead – during those younger years when I needed it the most. (Little does Dio or any of my favorite bands or musicians realize the impact they had on me as a young dude… I thank them all to this very moment).

Throughout my life, sure, I root for my New York Yankee baseball heroes, yet I root for my Metal Music heroes stronger and longer. To make an analogy, sports legends are limited to the number of years they can play… Ronnie James Dio can still sing, make albums and tour, going on four decades. Music lives on, never goes away. “Holy Diver” lives on too – only the songs are just as big as life for me now as they were in 1983.

“Stand Up And Shout” is the Heavy Metal battle cry that opens up this album, leading right into “Holy Diver”, which to this day, I’m still mesmerized by its eerie keyboard intro. “Rainbow In The Dark” is the more melodic – but still heavy – popular tune that seems to get the most notoriety. “Gypsy” and “Caught In The Middle” are indicative of the Metal spirit that was dictated, both vocally and musically by Dio on this album. There are those select Metal albums that are to be celebrated and looked upon as true templates of musical greatness… “Holy Diver”, in my Metal opinion, is one.

DIO – as they appeared on “Holy Diver”: Ronnie James Dio on vocals & keyboards, Vinny Appice on drums, Vivian Campbell on guitar and Jimmy Bain on bass & keyboards.

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Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” still rules the Metal world

Posted in 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's metal music, Album Review, Black Sabbath, classic metal, classic rock, cool album covers, dio, essential heavy metal albums, heaven and hell heavy metal band, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, Metal Reviews, Music, old school heavy metal, ronnie james dio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

In my Metal opinion, this is such a tremendous album, a true Metal mainstay for so many years. Released in 1981, this is Old School, Black Sabbath that time cannot age. I highly endorse “Mob Rules” to be in every Metal fans music collection. Every song is enormous, with the prolific riffs and leads from Tony Iommi on guitar, I so admire this musician. Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums make for what I consider one of the greatest rhythm sections in Metal history. Ronnie James Dio is pure Metal perfection on vocals. Between the music and Dio’s voice, this Black Sabbath lineup takes a back seat to no one. “Voodoo”, “Turn Up The Night”, “Slipping Away” and “Mob Rules” are songs that have that unrelenting Metal energy that does not subside. Unbelievable Metal Classics, in my Metal opinion. “E5150” is an instrumental that has the eerie Black Sabbath ambiance flowing over, a perfect fit for this album. The real sleeper tune on this album, for me, is “Country Girl” – this song has a really cool groove going on, a real Heavy Metal song that doesn’t get the same attention as the previous tracks I mentioned.

“Mob Rules” is, as I see it, one of the most complete Metal albums ever made, it has the songs, vocals, Metal and lyrics. The album artwork definitely gets a Metal thumbs up! This macabre artwork definitely fits in with the song “Mob Rules”. I remember the very first time I heard the opening riff to “Voodoo”, I still get the same Metal rush from it now as I did back in 1981. I distinctly remember when this Metalhead buddy of mine, back then, held this album jacket in his hands, put the vinyl on the turntable, turned to me and said: “Dude, wait ’till you here this song “Voodoo” “. I knew at that moment, it was some special Metal awaiting me. It is an amazing Metal accomplishment, for these four musicians to still be creating new music together in 2009, as Heaven & Hell. Do not skip over this Metal gem for too long, you could be enjoying it right now!

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