Dio
Holy Diver


5.0
classic

Review

by Rastapunk USER (30 Reviews)
October 13th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DIO's first record as a band, and DIO's finest record.

R.J. Dio is one of those singers that you can easily recognize, either for his silhouette or for his voice. He is considered to be one of the best Metal vocalist and has been a huge influence over Metal bands all over the World. He started out in metal with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow but then joined Black Sabbath for three years. During that time-lapse he released some of the most known Sabbath album (Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules). He left Sabbath over a disagreement on the recording of Live Evil and took with him drummer Vinnie Appice. He then recruited guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy) and bassist and keyboardist Jimmy Bain (Rainbow) to form a new band, DIO. Their first record came out in 1983 and was named Holy Diver, a metal classic.

All throughout the album, the combination of heavy metal riffs and R.J. Dio's voice gives us a sound that is unique to this band. Every song on this album could stand as an anthem to those who love Metal. From the killer Stand Up And Shout to the closer Shame On The Night, all the songs are made for you to sing along while enjoying Campbell's riffs. Of course some songs are better than others but none can be considered as fillers. Stand Up And Shout was the perfect opener for this album, telling us Dio doesn't need Iommi to make fine records and that he was back in business. Holy Diver has to be one of the most known song from him, and probably his best. No other songs combines perfectly each of DIO's band member's potential, the riffs, voice and lyrics are just unforgettable:

Holy Diver
You've been down too long in the midnight sea
Oh what's becoming of me
Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes but you know he's clean
Oh don't you see what I mean
Gotta get away
Holy Diver


Rainbow In The Dark shows the band's commercial side but keeps their potential as a metal band. Don't Talk to Strangers and Invisible both show R.J's singing range, from a softer voice to his trademark metal voice.


Although Campbell, Appice and Bain played an important role on this album, R.J. Dio is the only one you remember after listening to his songs, his voice and lyrics are unforgettable. R.J. Left us in May 2010 but will never be forgotten. Wherever he has participated, he has succeeded, from Rainbow's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow to his last DIO album Master Of The Moon, the small man is a true metal dio.

R.I.P Ronnie James Dio!



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Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey you, you know me, you've touched me, I'm real
I'm forever the one that lets you look and see and
Feel me I'm danger, I'm the stranger
And I, I'm darkness, I'm anger, I'm pain
I am master, the evil song you sing inside your brain
Drive you insane

ThroneOfAgony
October 13th 2012


3485 Comments


lol

EyeForAnEye
October 13th 2012


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WTFRICK is this dude doing ripping off Howard Jones?

Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What?

EyeForAnEye
October 13th 2012


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Killswitch Engage covered Holy Diver and a lot 12 yearolds used to think that the Dio "cover" came
after Killswitch.

Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh lol, yeah I heard about that...

ViperAces
October 13th 2012


12504 Comments


Short one

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wasnt he in Elf before rainbow ?

ViperAces
October 13th 2012


12504 Comments


Yea he was with Elf add that.

Rastapunk
October 13th 2012


771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah forgot about that sorry! Will fix that!

Chortles
October 13th 2012


18094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah but no one cares about elf

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Titan
October 13th 2012


5789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this record will never get old

Chortles
October 13th 2012


18094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but it already got old! almost 30 years old!

EyeForAnEye
October 13th 2012


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

zing!

Titan
October 13th 2012


5789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

!



JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012


21588 Comments


Sweet m/

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Lenix
October 13th 2012


793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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TheNotrap
October 14th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"DIO's first record as a band, and DIO's finest record."
That's a fact. Auto pos.

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Rastapunk
October 14th 2012


771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This CD never gets old



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