Dio
The Last in Line


5.0
classic

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
July 28th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simple but great.

Some may argue whether Metallica, Megadeth or Slayer is the best Thrash band. Some may argue whether Iron Maiden or Judas Priest is the kings of NWOBHM. Some may argue whether In Flames or Dark Tranquility is the better MDM band. But if there is one thing that I have seen almost no controversy about is that Dio was the king of metal. In my whole life I have never met a single metal head who didn't love, or at least appreciated the work of Ronnie James Dio.
Dio is truly the god of metal.

The 'Last In Line' had big shoes to fill, as Dio's debut 'Holy Diver' was and still considered one of the best albums in metal history, but in my very own opinion it filled them damn well. So well, actually, that The 'Last In Line' is even slightly better than the former.
The highlight in this album, as you have probably already guessed, is the vocals. Dio gives an excellent performance, as usual. He is one of those rare singers whose vocals never wore off. The drumming here is also amazing; Vinny Appice was always one of my favorite drummers. The guitar and bass are fantastic, and the production is great.
Still, all those things exist in Holy Diver as well, so you may ask yourselves, why would I choose The 'Last In Line' over one of the most-loved albums in history, that contains metal anthems such as 'Holy Diver', and 'Don't Talk To Strangers'?
The answer is not that simple. Firstly, the diversity in 'Last In Line' is what makes this album more fun and enjoyable to listen to. Songs like the title track and the epic 7 minute long Egypt couldn't be found in the somewhat diverse Holy Diver. In addition, 'Last In Line' still contains classic Dio such as Breathless and We Rock. Other than that, I guess it's just a matter of opinion, and The 'Last In Line' and Holy Diver are maybe just as good as each other.

The only flaw in this album is the songwriting. Dio writes rather cheesy metal lyrics, which are still enjoyable, but get old after a few plays. But this isn't important enough to ruin my perfect 5/5 rating for this album, because in every other meaning the album is beyond amazing.

The 'Last In Line' was released in July 13, 1984, and with the releases of Anthrax, Metallica and Iron maiden it wouldn't be exaggerating to call this year the best year of metal. The record label is Vertigo and it is 41:51 minutes long.

Personnel:
Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals
Vivian Campbell – guitar
Jimmy Bain – bass
Claude Schnell - keyboard
Vinny Appice – drums, percussion

Production:
Recorded at Caribou Ranch, Colorado, USA
Produced by Ronnie James Dio
Engineered by Angelo Arcuri
Assistant engineered by Rich Markowitz
Mixed on Westlake Audio BBSM6 monitors
Originally mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, USA
Remastered by Andy Pearce (2012 Universal Deluxe Edition)
Illustration by Barry Jackson

R.I.P DIO



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TheNotrap
July 28th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Album's an absolute classic. Auto pos.

Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

ZedO
July 28th 2012


1096 Comments


@ TheNotrap - this review and your sound-off spark my curiosity about this album. so this is a good start, isn't it?

TheNotrap
July 28th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well if you wish start with his debut and go chronological.
Holy Diver, this and Dream Evil are Dio's best works in my opinion.

ViperAces
July 28th 2012


12466 Comments


I agree, but Heaven & Hell and his Rainbow stuff are amazing too.

ZedO
July 28th 2012


1096 Comments


Okay then I'll check out the debut first asap. I just knew and realized that this guy was ex-Rainbow
too...

TheNotrap
July 28th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah ex-Rainbow, ex-Sabbath, ex-ELF.
A true rock legend. RIP

Tyrael
July 28th 2012


20893 Comments


I'd be hesistant to give this a 5 because that means it's as good as Holy Diver which is pretty much
impossible but it's definitely an essential album for any heavy metal fan.

ZedO
July 28th 2012


1096 Comments


RIP, and his works and legacy will always live forever from generation to generation...

Detritivore
July 28th 2012


271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome record - The guitar solo of "I speed of night" is my favorite

Digging: Cro-Mags - Alpha Omega

Antonius
July 28th 2012


232 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I completely agree with the 'classic' label given to this album. More details could have been about the songs. Also I must add that Vivian Campbell is awesome here as well

ViperAces
July 28th 2012


12466 Comments


Campbell is awsome and kind of underrated.

Cipieron
July 28th 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album and review rock, pos'd

Rastapunk
July 28th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd! One of my favorite metal singer!

Ire
July 28th 2012


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

waaaag

sputnik1
July 29th 2012


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5 - King of Metal Indeed!!! Long Live DIO!

sonofman7
September 24th 2012


60 Comments


unfortunately I've only heard one of Dio's songs, and I don't remember which one it was, and it was off a rock band game. * embarrassed face* probly not my cup of tea though.

Rastapunk
September 25th 2012


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy Diver perhaps.

Cipieron
September 25th 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

his first 5 albums perhaps

ViperAces
September 25th 2012


12466 Comments


Id say the first two, and then if you like them continue to the next 3 and KTD.

Moople
June 22nd 2013


228 Comments


rip dethtrasher



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