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Though rarely held in the same light as many of the other metal titans of the eighties, Ronnie James Dio's self titled solo band is one of the most influential metals bands, especially to the genre of Power Metal. Known for his massive voice, by far one of the greatest in metal, which inexplicably came from one of the tiniest men to take up music. For quite some time, Dio was also a major arena draw with unforgettable stage presence and antics.

Dio himself was taken from relative obscurity when ex Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore formed the band Rainbow with him. Af ...read more

Though rarely held in the same light as many of the other metal titans of the eighties, Ronnie James Dio's self titled solo band is one of the most influential metals bands, especially to the genre of Power Metal. Known for his massive voice, by far one of the greatest in metal, which inexplicably came from one of the tiniest men to take up music. For quite some time, Dio was also a major arena draw with unforgettable stage presence and antics.

Dio himself was taken from relative obscurity when ex Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore formed the band Rainbow with him. After three classic albums, Dio chose to part ways with Ritchie due to both of the mens' massive egos. Rainbow would later degenerate into a pop band before Blackmore would reconcile with his DP bandmates.

The singer moved from big to bigger, however when he chose to fill the shoes recently vacated by the iconic Ozzy Osbourn as frontman of Black Sabbath. With Sabbath he would release two albums, Heaven and Hell (regarded as one of the bands all time best) and Mob Rules (a strong effort but not as good as the previous record.) Once more, however, his massive ego would nterfere with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler so he would depart the band soon after. His solo debut, Holy Diver, would be a massive success. Fueled by the power of two MTV hits, the title track and Rainbow in the Dark and backed by essential recordings like Stand Up and Shout and Don't Talk to Strangers it is regarded by many as his best work. His next record, The Last in Line would commercially be a step up from Holy Diver, but for the fans it is widely considered as a step down with Dio streamlining his approach and making it commercially viable. It would also be his last album with guitar shredder Vivian Cambell, and Dio would 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. The new millennium found Dio as active as ever, with 2000's concept album Magica heralding something of a return to form. His live act was as fierce as 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 last work as a musician is 2009's The Devil You Know, by Heaven & Hell. « hide

Similar Bands: Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell

LPs
Master of the Moon
2004

3.5
178 Votes
Killing The Dragon
2002

3.5
181 Votes
Magica
2000

3.7
154 Votes
Angry Machines
1996

2.6
130 Votes
Strange Highways
1994

3.1
154 Votes
Lock up the Wolves
1990

3.4
188 Votes
Dream Evil
1987

3.9
288 Votes
Sacred Heart
1985

3.5
234 Votes
The Last in Line
1984

4.1
462 Votes
Holy Diver
1983

4.4
1,060 Votes
Live Albums
Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993
2014

4
1 Votes
Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986
05/28/2013

3.3
3 Votes
At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
2010

4
31 Votes
Holy Diver - Live
2006

3.9
58 Votes
Evil Or Divine
2005

3.8
26 Votes
Inferno: Last in Live
1998

3.9
18 Votes
Intermission
1986

3.4
24 Votes
Compilations
This Is Your Life
2014

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

3.6
5 Votes
Metal Hits
2005

3.4
5 Votes
The Collection
2003

3.8
13 Votes
The Very Beast of Dio
2000

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

4
1 Votes
Diamonds - The Best of Dio
1992

4
23 Votes

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