Dio
Master of the Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by dragoth USER (31 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dios last album shows us why he was one of the best voices around

Ronnie James Dio. The name itself has connotations of greatness, from the humble beginnings in Elf to Rainbow then Black Sabbath before finally forming Dio where for over twenty years he released many great albums, Master of the Moon is Dio's final outing, and as far as outings go, its pretty decent.

Opener One More for the Road is a decent opener for the album, with fast guitar riffs and great vocals, its what you've come to expect from a Dio song, with pounding verses and a soaring chorus. Going then into the title track, the slower pace of song takes nothing away as it features a decent bass drive and another great chorus, but the real forte of the song is Dio himself, his vocals on this song are wonderful, showing of the talent that he was known for over his career as well as a sample of his great fantasy themed lyrics that he has always used.

Following a cut-off from Master of the Moon enter End of the World starting with a synth that cuts into a heavy guitar riff that could of been plucked straight from the 80's. After the slower pace of the last song, this is a booster. Its another good song, though if listening to the album as a whole it can get overlooked, though it does feature a good solo in the middle.

A low pounding riff signals the arrival of Shivers and a very catchy riff it is, Dio's vocals on this song are great, and the lyrics are some of the best on the album:

Fingers scratching blackboards
Make cowards of the brave
A natural reaction
From the cradle to the grave

Rats and bats and spiders
And little things that crawl
Never make me tremble
I'm bothered not at all


The song is one of my favourites on the album and has a great guitar solo in it. Follower The Man Who Would Be King arrives with a piano and Dio signing, a very slow opener goes into a steady guitar beat that starts to solo over the top. What follows is a rather generic song, another mid pace one that can be overlooked in the album. The Eyes is next, and immediately your ears prick up, fast bassy riffing with some strange synth over the top, this is different to anything else you'll hear. Dios voice pierces this menacing tone with perfect ease and creates a great sound. This is the longest song on the album, lasting over six minutes in length. The song changes as it progresses, keeping it interesting. Another great moment on the album.

Near the end of the album now we reach Living the Lie which showcases the bands talent in forming a classic heavy metal song, with Dio singing above the band with ease whilst the rest of the band showcase their individual skills, with the guitar in particular once again showing of his skills with a fast catchy riff and a well formed guitar solo. This song could of been plucked of any of the classic Dio albums, such as Holy Dover or Dream Evil . Reaching the last three songs now we start with I Am which, while not as good as some of the other tracks, is still worth a listen to, with a steady riff and an full chorus it is what fans enjoy hearing from a Dio song, but not quite as enjoyable as some of the others.

Penultimate song Death by Love brings you back up, with a strong riff and a catchy verse with lyrics about gypsy queens this is classic Dio, this harkens back to Holy Diver with the sound that is formed, this is a very enjoyable song.
Now we reach the end of the album, ending with In Dreams opening with a heavier riff than the last, it is also more technical. The song is very good, with a sound that is different to any of the others on the album, with a pounding yet technical riff, and an odd vocal line and lyrical structure it remains enjoyable. A very good end to the album.

So here it is, the last album from Dio, his parting gift. And it is a very good album, full of great metal songs. Dios vocals on the album remain as strong as they ever were, demonstrating why he was such a respected singer, the band as well are good, with the guitar in particular demonstrating skill and many great solos. Whilst not living up to albums such as Holy Diver it is a worthy last outing by one of metals great voices.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't believe this hadn't been reviewed yet. Its Dios last album!

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtfimbds?

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what does that mean?

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, thanks

ViperAces
January 3rd 2013


12485 Comments


dio rocks
you have gay taste tho'

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay.

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that for the BVB picture?

Tyrael
January 3rd 2013


20946 Comments


4.5 superb
AC/DC Back In Black
AC/DC The Razor's Edge
AC/DC Let There Be Rock

errr

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dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, not everyone agrees with me, but i think Black Veil Brides are a decent band who have put out very good music. its just not everyones thing

dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As for the rest of my music taste I don't see what the problem is?

ViperAces
January 3rd 2013


12485 Comments


mcr disturbed evenscencencnecne


dragoth
January 3rd 2013


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whats wrong with them? They are good bands

manosg
January 3rd 2013


6527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dio after some point released pretty much the same music. Nevertheless, he is the king of everything
so I can't give this album less than a 3

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ThroneOfAgony
January 3rd 2013


3485 Comments


Sounds like someone needs the trve riffs of Godsmack[2]

I mean duh, you can't beat the brutality. I MEAN SHIT THE VOCALIST DRIVES A MOTORCYCLE HE IS TRVE METAL LOLOLO

PsychicChris
January 3rd 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We laugh at your religion, you people of the sand!

sputnik1
January 4th 2013


184 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Songs aren't as great as other Dio releases. But his voice rules as always! Long Live Ronnie James Dio!!!- The King!

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Titan
March 22nd 2013


5383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the production on this is perfect

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2014


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although Dio intended to continue the "Magica" concept before his untimely death, "Master of the Moon" is still a good memory of his relevance within the metal genre. The album isn't his best, but it still delivers.

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deslad
July 29th 2014


379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed. Not Dio's best work, but still a great album.

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