Dio
Sacred Heart


2.5
average

Review

by matthew36 USER (48 Reviews)
December 31st, 2020 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Every thorn has its rose.

Dio really slipped and fell on this one. The production is thin compared to the legendary first two records, the songwriting is entirely hit or miss and the overall feeling is one of a cliched band that just happened to claim an amazing frontman. Needless to say, Dio showed his first-ever signs of weakness on the CD. It's not without it's merits, but compared the storied first-half of his career this record is a shocking dissapointment.

There are at least four killer tracks on this CD. "King of Rock and Roll" has some great riffs and melodies, the title track bears an epic feel, and "Just Another Day" stand out well enough...but the rest sounds weak and uninspired. Dio was often the best of the best, here he represents the most predictable of the most predictable. Where he should have taken the reigns from Ozzy as the "king of metal" he released a record that put metal back at least five years.

Dio was a great musician but his solo career had been riddled with constant missteps and backslides into being in a total state of befuddlement as to what is his best and what is his worst. Often times he becomes so "out of touch" with his gifts that a record like this will appear and shock the world with how lifeless it is. This also marked the first time that sales for the Dio product would decline, as fans also noticed this lack of quality.

Dio will always be "the man"...but one has to screen his many albums carefully before he invests his hard earned dollar. If you're a Dio fanatic...the few excellent songs will be enough to keep you happy. If you're just a casual fan or a lover of 80's metal this might not do it. I'd even say "skip it" and pick up "Holy Diver" and "Last in Line" as those are vastly superior to this piece of partial-junk.



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MrSirLordGentleman
December 31st 2020


13691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album



Still by far the weakest of his first four



Rock n Roll Children is a classic

parksungjoon
December 31st 2020


25690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you may get some hate from the boomers and boomer wannabes for this review but i agree m8

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zaruyache
January 2nd 2021


23408 Comments


dont leave millennials out bc im gettin me mallet for this one boyo

parksungjoon
January 2nd 2021


25690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

consider yourself left out

zaruyache
January 2nd 2021


23408 Comments


I'M FETCHIN ME MALLET

CaliggyJack
January 2nd 2021


4420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, love me some Dio

rockarollacola
January 2nd 2021


526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah nah, Sacred Heart is good shit.

ChaoticVortex
January 3rd 2021


1091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually pretty good, you guys are just mean.

PsychicChris
January 6th 2021


349 Comments


I enjoy this album but it's a fair take. The autopilot is pretty obvious.

Sabrutin
January 6th 2021


7345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah the review is definitely fair, but I've always seen this as a surprisingly great "teenage anti-angst" record due to the lyrics. Honestly love it

matthew36
January 15th 2021


90 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bwahahaha



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