Although I find the album fantastic after 23 years, I find that it does match the work he did for Rainbow, but lacks the elaborate guitar work of Tony Iommi Like the intro to Children of the Sea from the Black Sabbath album "Heaven and Hell". He then made 2 tracks,"holy diver" and "dont talk to strangers",with those 2 songs,he presented them to some of his old "band buddies" no names needed ,and they joined him immediatly after listening to those 2 songs,they made the whole album in not more then 6 months,they had a great chemistry and the whole album kinda just flowed out.
And i must add,finally got it on a Mint Obi pressing,thats the japanese vinyl-pressings that are superior in sound and quality,beats cd sound down any day of the week if the Vinyl is been handled with care,i only listen to vinyl,its a whole different experience then cd. When it was white. Classic hard rock music at it's best! But the core of the song went on to be reused by Campbell when he joined Dio and turned into a significantly better song.
Her performance on Straight Through The Heart here is jaw droppingly fantastic. Drummer Vinnie Appice, guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain before his tragic passing in got together with the idea of celebrating the life and work of Dio back in Diamonds — The Best of Dio is a greatest hits collection from heavy metal band Dio.
It was released internationally in , but it was never released domestically in the US. EP , had not been released on an album before. The Vertigo label UK has track 8 listed as "Sacred Children" instead of "Sacred Heart" on the back cover of some releases bar code 7 3. However, the correct title remains on the disk and in the album booklet. Dio was quick to argue that appearances are misleading, that it could just as easily be a priest killing a devil, wanting people not to "judge a book by its cover".
Murray is featured on several other Dio albums. Ronnie James Dio has called this purely coincidental. Around the time of making the album, a rise of heroic adventure elements in popular culture such as J.
Dio found a fertile fantasy framework for the big Sabbath themes of madness and desolation". Smartest thing I ever did.
AllMusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia praises the album, stating that "aside from Ronnie's unquestionably stellar songwriting, Holy Diver ' s stunning quality and consistency owed much to his carefully chosen bandmates, including powerhouse drummer and fellow [Black] Sabbath survivor Vinny Appice, veteran bassist Jimmy Bain, and a phenomenal find in young Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tastefully pyrotechnic leads helped make this the definitive Dio lineup.
Holy Diver remains the undisputed highlight of Dio's career The rock historian Ian Christe relates that for the post-Sabbath solo career "Dio simplified his stories substantially for a younger heavy metal audience.
The debut Holy Diver , by his band Dio, reduced lush moral landscapes to simple good-versus-evil conflicts, using the lyrical duality of 'Rainbow in the Dark' and 'Holy Diver' to raise questions about deceit and hypocrisy in romance and religion. In the sharp contrasts of Dio's imagery, there was always a built-in contradiction that fed adolescent revolt: a black side to every white light, and a hidden secret behind every loud proclamation of truth. In a similar way, Dio's music balanced torrents of rage with brief acoustic interludes.
On IGN 's list of "Top 25 Metal Albums", Holy Diver is at number 8, and this statement followed, "In all his bands, in all his roles, in all his musical vagabond choices, Ronnie James Dio has been fortunate enough to be associated with some of heavy metal's best -- Sabbath, Rainbow, and his own band Dio.
To best represent his tenure in the genre, one must look no farther than Holy Diver. His first album with his new band was also his best. It is one of metal's best albums, and it spawned two of the greatest metal songs of the '80s: 'Holy Diver' and 'Rainbow in the Dark'.
Featuring the underrated Vivian Campbell on guitar, this album showed that Dio could do it on his own.compilation on the Vertigo label, featuring 13 of the finest solo recordings by the former vocalist of Elf & BlackSabbath, Ronnie James Dio. Includes 'Rainbow in the Dark','Holy Diver', 'The Last in Line', 'Dream Evil', 'Hungry ForHeaven' and 'Lock Up the Wolves'/5(67).