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DIO
KILLING THE DRAGON

Spitfire Records SPT 15199-2
Produced by: Ronnie James Dio

Released: OUT NOW / Website
Relatives: Rainbow
GENRE: Hard Rock
OVERALL: 90%

  1. Killing The Dragon
  2. Along Comes A Spider
  3. Scream
  4. Better In The Dark
  5. Rock N Roll
  6. Push
  7. Guilty
  8. Throw Away Children
  9. Before The Fall
  10. Cold Feet

Now this is the stuff! Ronnie James Dio has returned to the basics for his new album, following on after the dark and often plodding progressive nature of his last 'concept' album Magica.
It was an Ok album, but after hearing this, one realises what was missing in that album.
Doug Aldrich comes in on guitar and does a magnificent job, not overly heavy, not overly dominating, just right. The perfect blend of riffs and solos supporting Dio's distinctive vocals.
The song subject matter is still as it has been for most of Dio's career, and the music is no great departure either.
But what it is, is exactly what fans of the band have been hanging out for. Chunky riffs, strong vocals, songs with distinct melodies and yes, guitar solos!
The pace varies from the uptempo Along Came A Spider, to the mid-tempo Killing The Dragon and Scream, from the fast and furious Better In The Dark to the epic acoustic intro'd Rock N Roll.
Basically there's something for all Dio fans here and above all, a collection of the best songs in over a decade. This is Dio in his best form ever.
No shortage of praise must go to Aldrich, who sounds right at home and has given this album a monstrous guitar sound.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a 40 minute, 10 track album with no fillers and no signs of dark and modern tones. Just classic Dio playing classic trans-Atlantic hard rock n roll.
One of the most heralded vocalists of the Heavy Metal era has returned for full flight with an album of straight up, classic heavy rock.
PRODUCTION: 92% SONGS: 90% VIBE: 89%ATTITUDE: 90%
ESSENTIAL FOR: All Dio fans, all Doug Aldrich fans. Some Rainbow and classic metal fans.
DISCOGRAPHY:Holy Diver . The Last In Line . Sacred Heart . Intermission . Dream Evil . Lock Up The Wolves . Strange Highways . Angry Machines . Inferno/Last In Live . Magica . Killing The Dragon



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