Dio
Lock up the Wolves


3.0
good

Review

by StanDupp USER (1 Reviews)
September 27th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's another solid album by Dio. A different group of musicians backed Ronnie this time but like always it's held together by his voice and lyrics. Band members weren't all that changed when the '90s turned around. His lyrics changed too. For the entire d

It's Dio's hair metal album! At least production-wise. It has that "rootsy" sound a lot of hair metal bands were going for at the time: a little bit of blues, some acoustic guitar here and there, not a lot of keyboards to wimp it out. (Drummer Simon Wright is on this album for crying out loud. The guy just throws it down. Like, "You want some flat-out rock 'n roll" Not a problem." Simon played with AC/DC for a few years. He knows how to play straight up, no fooling around, rock.) Since I like hair metal I thought "Oh cool. I like hair metal and metal metal and I'm getting one of my favorite guys (Ronnie) to meet me halfway." Which was unusual for Dio. He/they didn't do it again. Lock Up the Wolves was a one-off which makes it even more unique. Before and after this album, it was all about "We'll rock your face off" kind of music. (This lineup --including teenage guitarist Rowan Robertson-- wouldn't play together again, though Simon rejoined the band in 2000.) It's a good album to play for someone who doesn't like Dio. If you want to ease them into it, play "Hey Angel" and then step back.

Dio usually kicked off their albums with a fast, fist pumping, air guitar shredding kind of song and this time it was "Wild One" that got the ball rolling. That ball didn't roll very far. They lost all momentum by the next track, "Born on the Sun." It's not bad, just real slow. Not a good choice for the second song. Even "Hey Angel"(#3) would have been a dumb choice for song #2 and it's all kinds of awesome. Next is one of Dio's all-time best songs. "Between Two Hearts" is basically perfect. Almost a ballad but not really. It's slow but the tempo isn't annoying, it's appropriate. The lyrics are memorable (smile at the animals, they should be the ones in the cages) and true. The band did everything right. Then another good one keeps you wanting more. "Night Music" is straightforward, melodic hard rock. Things fall down for a while after that. "Lock Up the Wolves" and "Evil on Queen Street" sort of plod along even though the lyrics themselves are great (they usually are). "Walk on Water" picks up the pace but is still boring. Sounds like "Stand Up and Shout" but not as good. The only thing that I like about "Twisted" is the pre-solo bridge. It comes out of nowhere and then goes back there once the solo starts. The last one-and-a-half songs are what I'm talking about when I say "Uh, let's turn this up." Second to last is "Why Are They Watching Me." It's what "Walk on Water" tried to be: a good, mostly uptempo, catchy, riff-rocking monster. The last song starts off with what might be the best intro on any Dio album. For real. The first 39 seconds of "My Eyes" never seem to end. I play them over and over and over again and then some more. When I stop doing that, it's still pretty until the 2:12 mark. Then it veers off into something that's just okay. Instead of having to "rock out" for the last half of the song, they should have stuck with that folky first half. Even today it bugs me.


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VaxXi
September 27th 2014


4392 Comments


Your summary cuts off, also a summary isn't exactly the place for a full blown piece that could full fit in your review. I'd rather shorten it or just get rid of it :/

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2014


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's got its moments but overall it's pretty repetitive and dull for me. The review reads a bit weird but not gonna neg.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2014


31487 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

only a 3 r u srs

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2014


31487 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

idk my 3rd fav Dio

TheNotrap
September 27th 2014


9622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's all about the title track.



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Mercy
September 28th 2014


225 Comments


title track is beyond heavy

sonictheplumber
September 28th 2014


10054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first 2 or die

Krigo
August 29th 2015


76 Comments


I kinda wish that Jens Johansson had more of a chance to shine on this album, after already loving his work with Stratovarius and Yngwie Malmsteen I expected more keyboards here.

It's not a bad album, but weaker than what came before it.

Sabrutin
November 14th 2015


5945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The ending of Born on the Sun rules.

Kalopsia
February 7th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

title track is legendary

KjSwantko
February 7th 2018


10783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So fucking weird you just bumped this to front page. I'm in the middle of listening to this for the first time ever

BigHans
February 7th 2018


29459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dudes its been 8 years since he died RIP so hard

KjSwantko
February 7th 2018


10783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rip so hard. I heard Blind Guardian's cover of Don't Talk To Strangers like a week ago and I've been on a Dio kick again ever since. Killer fucking cover by the way if you haven't heard it

BigHans
February 7th 2018


29459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude I haven't will jam for sure.

KjSwantko
February 7th 2018


10783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah dude it rips, one of the rare times a cover truly does justice and comes close to an original

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2018


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

KJ knows. The entire Holy Dio: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio is awesome with covers from a lot of great acts.

KjSwantko
February 7th 2018


10783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed man, hard.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2018


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

m/

J() Alexander
October 21st 2018


5678 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Holy mother of God, when I saw OverkillFanboy's rating I didn't trust it but this is just not good at all.

Please, someone tell me this is the worst Dio album.

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Saros
October 21st 2018


201 Comments


That would probably have to go to Angry Machines.



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