Holy Diver

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Band Name Dio (USA)
Album Name Holy Diver
Type Album
Released date 25 May 1983
Music StyleHeavy Metal
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Tracklist

1. Stand Up and Shout 03:18
2. Holy Diver 05:52
3. Gypsy 03:38
4. Caught in the Middle 04:18
5. Don't Talk to Strangers 04:53
6. Straight Through the Heart 04:34
7. Invisible 05:26
8. Rainbow in the Dark 04:14
9. Shame on the Night 05:19
Bonustrack (2005 Re-Issue)
10. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview 2005
Total playing time 41:32

Review @ hack

31 May 2010
Today is an American holiday called Memorial Day, which traditionally is used for remembering the veterans who lost their lives in wars. Longtime veteran of heavy metal music, Ronnie James Dio, passed away about two weeks ago. So I decided to remember him today, by remembering one of his best albums, Holy Diver.

In 1979, Dio joined Black Sabbath to replace Ozzy on vocals. He recorded 2 stuDio albums (Heaven And Hell and The Mob Rules) with the legendary band, plus a live album. Dio and drummer Vinny Appice left Black Sabbath in 1982, after musical disagreements that stemmed from how Live Evil was handled. They went on to form the band, Dio. They had recruited guitarist, Vivian Campbell, from Northern Ireland. They also added ex - Rainbow bassist, Jimmy Bain.

I first heard this album in June of 1983, at a heavy metal beer party, at my friend's house. He brought out a cassette tape and told us that this is Dio's solo album. I didn't expect much from it, because I wasn't overly impressed with Heaven And Hell, or The Mob Rules. I always preferred Black Sabbath with Ozzy. So I just assumed that this was just going to sound like another one of those meDiocre albums with Dio. When we listened to it, we were very surprised at how good the songs were and at how killer it sounded. CD's were unheard of at that time in 1983, so I soon bought a cassette copy of the album. I wore that tape out within a year of heavy listening.

The fresh energy of new guitarist, Adrian Campbell, proved to be a great compliment to Dio's vocal style. The opening track, Stand Up And Shout, really stood out with an almost unprecedented speed of shredding for a Dio fronted band. Campbell's fine guitar innovations were also demonstrated on tracks like Straight Through The Heart and Invisible. He also displayed a stunning guitar hook on Don't Talk To Strangers. The new bassist, Jimmy Bain, was especially noticeable on tracks like Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark. Which also had some keyboard music in it. Some of the songs have an element of melancholy in them, like Caught In The Middle and Shame On The Night. This music wouldn't sound the same, without the strength of Dio's vocals or his songwriting skills.

This album hit the #56 spot on the Billboard charts and #13 on the UK album charts in 1983. The single, Rainbow in the Dark, hit #14, and The single Holy Diver hit the #40 spot on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks, which is a subdivision of the Billboard Charts. This album was certified platinum in 1989.

27 years ago, I would have rated this album a 20. But after relistening to it several times, I think that it sounds more like an 18. Let's face it, this album isn't as continually explosive as Kill 'Em All or Reign In Blood. Nevertheless, this album remains as one of my all time favorites. As long as metal music is available and there are metal fans in this world, Ronnie James Dio won't be forgotten. So rest in peace, our beloved artist.

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Demogorefest - 01 June 2010: Ronnie James Dio was one of the best vocalists in metal history as far as i'm concerned. he will be missed
KPKing - 02 June 2010: DIO still siting on his throne on Olymp (forever) R.I.P.
 
guitaroxx - 11 November 2018:

There are/ were only a few exceptional rock voices like his one: best heavy rock singer ever ! 

RONNIE  R.I.P. 

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