Dio
Sacred Heart


3.5
great

Review

by TheNotrap USER (10 Reviews)
October 12th, 2011 | 35 replies | 7,749 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although it fails to match the high quality of the previous releases, Sacred Heart remains an enjoyable album.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Due to several internal disagreements about Black Sabbath's Live Evil mixing and band credits, with Dio listed as "Ronnie Dio" instead of his known "Ronnie James Dio" artistic signature, Dio suddenly left Sabbath and quickly started a new chapter under his pseudonym. With his previous Sabbath mate Vinny Appice, the old Rainbow friend Jimmy Bain and the young and promising Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, Ronnie James Dio released in 1983 the memorable Holy Diver and, only one year later, the classic staple The Last in Line. Both releases were critically acclaimed and commercially successful, helping to build around this new hard rock/metal force an extremely solid worldwide reputation, placing Dio among the greatest and most respectable hard rock acts of the mid-80's.

Keeping the same line-up, Dio didn't waste much time releasing on August 15, 1985 the highly anticipated third album, Sacred Heart. Even if this new release followed the same musical and lyrical formula of the previous albums, this record is somehow trapped in Ronnie's indecision about Sacred Heart's overall musical direction. If songs like King of Rock and Roll or Sacred Heart somewhat keep the original Holy Diver soul, firmly based on strong stylish riffs and a classic hard rock rhythm section that always avoid overacting performances, tracks like Rock 'n' Roll Children or Hungry for Heaven are clearly more mainstream compositions, deliberately made to please vastest audiences that could push Sacred Heart into the always commercially tempting US billboard. However Sacred Heart's main problem isn't these four songs. Even with different musical approaches, King of Rock and Roll, Sacred Heart, Rock 'n' Roll Children and the extremely catchy Hungry for Heaven are all great songs that largely please Dio's demanding fan base. The main issue here are the uninspiring Another Lie, Just Another Day, Falling Angels and specially the unexpected filler Shoot Shoot that push Sacred Heart into average territories, irrevocably damaging the overall quality of this album. This inconsistency could have been avoided if Ronnie James Dio managed to build a coherent flow throughout the album avoiding the unnecessary cliché songwriting so usually seen in the mid-80's.

Even if Sacred Heart failed to match the high quality of Ronnie James Dio previous releases, memorable moments like King of Rock and Roll, Rock 'n' Roll Children or Hungry for Heaven help to make Sacred Heart an enjoyable listening experience. The top level musical performances from this now legendary line-up, with honourable mentions to Vivian Campbell's inspired guitar work and Ronnie James Dio's always amazing vocal performance, also give that extra push to place Sacred Heart among Dio's most respectable releases.

Pros:
King of Rock and Roll, Rock 'n' Roll Children and Hungry for Heaven
Solid musical performances
Ronnie James Dio's unique vocals

Cons:
Overall musical direction
The filler Shoot Shoot



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TheNotrap
October 12th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guys I hope you like this Ronnie James Dio review.

If you don’t know this particular album if you wish take a look:

King of Rock and Roll
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmFG2c1mxSA

Rock 'n' Roll Children
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLd9VM4tc2Q

Hungry for Heaven
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ni8EuykMsI

m/

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2011



5921 Comments


My friend, your summary could use some editing.

Even failing to match the high quality of the previous releases, Sacred Heart still is an enjoyable listening.

Although it fails to match the high quality of the previous releases, Sacred Heart remains an enjoyable album



and the young new Irish recruitment

and the young and promising Irish guitarist



If songs like King of Rock and Roll or Sacred Heart somewhat keep the original Holy Diver soul, firmly based on strong stylish riffs and a classic hard rock rhythm section that always avoid overacting performances, tracks like Rock 'n' Roll Children or Hungry for Heaven are clearly more mainstream compositions, deliberately made to please vastest audiences that could push Sacred Heart into the always commercially tempting US billboard

Run-on sentence. Make shorter sentences, they read better.

If songs like King of Rock and Roll or Sacred Heart somewhat keep the spirit of the two previous albums, there are songs like Rock 'n' Roll Children or Hungry for Heaven, that may serve as the band's ticket to reach bigger audiences or get into the US Billboard.


irremediably damaging the overall quality of this album

irrevocably damaging...



This inconsistency probably could have been avoided

could have been avoided



help to make Sacred Heart still an enjoyable listening

help to make Sacred Heart an enjoyable listening experience




good review overall, but you need to proofread more.

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BigHans
October 12th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good job man youre getting better with each one. m/

rockandmetaljunkie
October 12th 2011



3302 Comments


Keep contributing

Jethro42
October 12th 2011



12377 Comments


Good job Notrap. Also major props for Voivod with all these constructive input he keeps on offering here and there. So helpful!

TheNotrap
October 12th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Voivod
Thanks a lot for all your grammar inputs. I'm working hard on my English but I still have a long road in front of me.....
I will try to edit the review and rewrite some sentences following your feedback.

@Hans
Thanks a lot bro
m/

@Rock
Thanks man and please keep giving your feedback!
m/

@Jethro
Merci mon chère amie.
Indeed. Voivod's constructive inputs are always welcome.


KILL
October 12th 2011



70621 Comments


/w

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TheNotrap
October 12th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m//

Tyrael
October 12th 2011



20740 Comments


Nice to see this finally getting a review :]

Keep it up!

TheNotrap
October 12th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Tyraelxy :]

Yeah Sacred Heart needed a review here. Not Dio's best album for sure but still remains a classic heavy metal release.

Cipieron
October 12th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my least fav of his first 5 albums, but it's still a good album

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2011



20018 Comments


Great job on the review dude. Album has a few killer songs.

BrineBe
October 13th 2011



35 Comments


I remember running out and grabbing this on the day it was released. After listening to it several times and letting it sink in.....my thoughts on it were pretty much the same as the above review. Above average album..... actually I just pulled it back out and gave it another spin a couple days ago. DIO LIVES!!!

TheNotrap
October 13th 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Cipieron
Definitely a good album. In my opinion Sacred Heart is better than Lock Up the Wolves, however the title track is an absolute classic

@JT
Thanks a lot dude. Rock and Roll Children, King of Rock and Roll or Hungry for Heaven are definitely killer tracks.
m/

@BrineBe
Yeah m/ You bough it in 85. Nothing can beat that dude, you lived metal's golden era.
I bought it in 87.
It's always good to see a true Dio fan here.
Ronnie James Dio is eternal!!
m/m/m/m/




13themount
February 3rd 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

H4H and children and good but the rest is a bit too by the numbers. I like another day more npw than when i first heard it.

thetempler
September 10th 2012



55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review i got to agree with it that it is a average to good album still a few great tracks on it but there doesnt seem to be the same vibe here for whatever reason it just seems forced on a lot of the tracks where as on previous albums it just seems to flow

TheNotrap
September 10th 2012



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man.
Yeah, agreed. It was Dio's attempt to break into the US market. The overall musical direction is inconsistent.

ViperAces
September 10th 2012



12377 Comments


ALL THE FOOLS SAILED AWAAAAYYYYYYY!!!
How come this album has so few comments? Excellent review.

TheNotrap
September 10th 2012



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha wrong album, song's from Dream Evil (excellent one btw).
Thanks man.

ViperAces
September 10th 2012



12377 Comments


Oops, still rocks though. Allways mixed up his first two and his latter two



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