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Dio

Though rarely held in the same light as many of the other metal titans of the eighties, Ronnie James Dio's selftitled solo band is one of the mostinfluential metals bands, especially to the genre of Power Metal. Known forhis massive voice, by far one of the greatest in metal, whichinexplicably came from one of the tiniest men totake up music. For quite some time, Dio was also a major arena draw with unforgettable stagepresence andantics.

Dio himself was taken from relative obscurity when ex Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore formed theband Rainbow with him. After three ...read more

Though rarely held in the same light as many of the other metal titans of the eighties, Ronnie James Dio's selftitled solo band is one of the mostinfluential metals bands, especially to the genre of Power Metal. Known forhis massive voice, by far one of the greatest in metal, whichinexplicably came from one of the tiniest men totake up music. For quite some time, Dio was also a major arena draw with unforgettable stagepresence andantics.

Dio himself was taken from relative obscurity when ex Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore formed theband Rainbow with him. After threeclassic albums, Dio chose to part ways with Ritchie due to both of themens' massive egos. Rainbow would later degenerate into a pop bandbefore Blackmore would reconcile withhis DP bandmates.

The singer moved from big to bigger, however when he chose to fill the shoes recently vacated by the iconicOzzy Osbourn as frontman of BlackSabbath. With Sabbath he would release two albums, Heaven and Hell(regarded as one of the bands all time best) and Mob Rules (a strong effortbut not as good as the previousrecord.) Once more, however, his massive ego would nterfere with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler so hewoulddepart the band soon after. His solo debut, Holy Diver, would be a massive success. Fueled by the power oftwo MTV hits, the title track andRainbow in the Dark and backed by essential recordings like Stand Up andShout and Don't Talk to Strangers it is regarded by many as his bestwork. His next record, The Last in Linewould commercially be a step up from Holy Diver, but for the fans it is widely considered as a step downwithDio streamlining his approach and making it commercially viable. It would also be his last album with guitarshredder Vivian Cambell, and Diowould begin going through band members at an alarming rate.

As the 80s and 90s progressed, Dio would consistently release records. Though they never topped Holy Diver,they were usually solid efforts. Thenew millennium found Dio as active as ever, with 2000's concept albumMagica heralding something of a return to form. His live act was as fierceas it was twenty years ago, too,documented by 2005's Evil or Divine: Live in New York City.

Ronnie James Dio passed away May 16th, 2010, as a result of stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. His lastwork as a musician is 2009's TheDevil You Know, by Heaven & Hell. « hide

Similar Bands: Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Last In Line

LPs
Master of the Moon
2004

3.5
214 Votes
Killing the Dragon
2002

3.5
215 Votes
Magica
2000

3.6
190 Votes
Angry Machines
1996

2.5
160 Votes
Strange Highways
1994

3.1
186 Votes
Lock up the Wolves
1990

3.4
230 Votes
Dream Evil
1987

3.8
365 Votes
Sacred Heart
1985

3.5
289 Votes
The Last in Line
1984

4.1
567 Votes
Holy Diver
1983

4.4
1,289 Votes
EPs
The Dio E.P.
1986

Live Albums
Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993
2014

3.9
6 Votes
Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986
05/28/2013

3.5
9 Votes
At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
2010

4
40 Votes
Holy Diver - Live
2006

4
64 Votes
Evil Or Divine
2005

3.8
32 Votes
Inferno: Last in Live
1998

4
21 Votes
Intermission
1986

3.4
30 Votes
Compilations
This Is Your Life
2014

3.5
35 Votes
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
10/09/2012

3.5
9 Votes
Metal Hits
2005

3.4
8 Votes
The Collection
2003

3.8
19 Votes
The Very Beast of Dio
2000

3.9
60 Votes
Holy Dio: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
2000

3.4
4 Votes
Diamonds - The Best of Dio
1992

4.1
30 Votes

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