Dio
Killing the Dragon


3.5
great

Review

by Erratic USER (7 Reviews)
June 13th, 2007 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Killing the Dragon is a great metal album full of fantastic guitar, soaring vocals, and great lyrics. It also has some kickass cover art.

You can't be a metal fan and not know who Ronnie James Dio is. Formerly of Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio is metal. After leaving Black Sabbath due to conflict within the band, Dio formed the band Dio. Ronnie James Dio stated that he never intended to have a solo career, just form a new band with former Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice. Dio's debut album, Holy Diver was a huge success, and is, to this day, Dio's most famous album. Eight albums and nineteen years later, Dio released their ninth studio album, Killing the Dragon.

Killing the Dragon is everything a good metal album should be. It's full of excellent guitar work, has lyrics about evil and monsters, and great screaming vocals. The album also has a couple things a good metal album shouldn't be though. All of these wrong things don't deal the album a huge blow, however. The album's first song is Killing the Dragon, a good opener full of great guitar. Ronnie James Dio does a great job on the vocals and the lyrics are interesting. This song also has a fantastic solo. Then comes the shortest song on the album Along Came a Spider. It's a step down from the previous song, but not a giant step down. The chorus could be a tiny bit more interesting but it's still a killer song.

After Along Came A Spider comes my personal favorite on the album. Scream. The chorus to this song is especially catchy and once again, the guitar work is mind blowing. Here's a sample of the lyrics from this song:

Scream! at the crazy ones
Scream! cause they all have sons
Scream! as they point the gun at you
Scream! at the bleeding heart
Scream! cause the end won't start
Scream! as you come apart again


That may seem like a little too many 'Screams' there, but it works in the song, I swear. Now that no one's screaming anymore, we move along to Better in the Dark. Said song is also a very good song. It showcases the bass very well and the guitar is also awesome on this track. The lyrics talk about how someone shot out the sun because monsters always know, it's better in the dark. When this song ends, the album takes a drop in quality for a little bit.

The next two songs Rock and Roll and Push aren't very good. Rock and Roll's lyrics are stupid, singing about a bunch of soldiers in a war and then switching to the topic about how they have rock and roll in the chorus. The music, however, is pretty good. Push is a very dull song. There's really nothing else to be said about it. The next song Guilty, though not as bad as Push repeats the the word 'Guilty' a little too much. It doesn't work in this situation, though, like it did in Scream.

The drop in quality finally stops for two songs. Throw Away Children and Before the Fall. Both are exceptional songs and a children's choir even makes an appearance in Throw Away Children. How Ironic. The final song on the album, Cold Feet is not that well done and is a bad way to end a good album. It does have a good solo though.

Overall, Killing the Dragon is a great metal album. It's got fantastic guitar work and great soaring vocals. Most of the songs are great, but there are some bad ones. At least the bad ones are in one section though, so you don't have to keep hitting the skip button the whole time.

Recommended Songs
Killing The Dragon
Along Came A Spider
Scream
Before the Fall
Better In The Dark
Throw Away Children

3.5/5




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Erratic
June 13th 2007


1120 Comments


It'd be nice if I could get some feedback.


metallicaman8
June 13th 2007


4677 Comments


I find it funny that this album's called "Killing The Dragon" when that dragon is obviously about to pwn their faces.

dbgarf
June 14th 2007


11 Comments


good review. Dio rocks as usual. Pure metal awesomeness, complete with cheesy fantasy themes and everything.

freudianslipknot
June 14th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I quite like Dio despite the fact that he is kind of generic and middle of the road. Couple of my thoughts: You kind of dismiss push which is fair enough (after all much of this album is kind of samey), but it is probably one of the best known songs on the album (being part of their live set on "evil and divine") and it does have quite a nice hook in the primary riff. Now I am not saying rock and roll has great lyrics but my understanding is that it has to do with the pervasiveness and longevity of rock and roll (not about soldiers in a war) - a variation on long live rock 'n' roll by rainbow. Good call on throw away children which is totally anthemic ( the kind of thing that could have appeared on a Queen album) and moving. Also killing the dragon and before the fall totally rock. pos'd.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 14th 2007


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ugh this got more comments than mine

Erratic
June 14th 2007


1120 Comments


Thanks for the vote freudianslipknot

freudianslipknot
June 15th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



TheNotrap
October 27th 2011


9897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

HERE'S A WAY TO SAVE YOUUU

YOU GOTTA























PUSH

Digging: Aoratos - Gods Without Name

JamieTwort
October 27th 2011


26988 Comments


Awesome album.

Doug Aldrich FTW.

TheNotrap
October 27th 2011


9897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Jamming now

m/



Yeah Doug Aldrich is an amazing guitar player. His lead work in this album is top level (as always).

JamieTwort
October 27th 2011


26988 Comments


Yeah and the riff in Better in the Dark, fucking m/

ViperAces
March 28th 2012


12593 Comments


I remember before I even knew about Holy Diver, I saw Teancious D's video with Dio "playing Push. So this is kind of a classic for me, but good review and good album.



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