Dio - Holy Diver review
|Release date:||May 1983|
01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Holy Diver
04. Caught In The Middle
05. Don't Talk To Strangers
06. Straight Through The Heart
08. Rainbow In The Dark
09. Shame On The Night
Disc II [Deluxe edition]
01. Evil Eyes
02. Stand Up And Shout [live]
03. Straight Through The Heart [live]
04. Stand Up And Shout [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
05. Shame On The Night [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
06. Children Of The Sea [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
07. Holy Diver [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
08. Rainbow In The Dark [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
09. Man On The Silver Mountain [Live King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983]
Ronnie James Dio - one of very few musicians who was always doing what he wanted to do. He always created music he loves. He's never gone commercial and always been independent. When listening to his songs you can feel that the music flows straight from his heart. Dio is surely one of the best vocalist of all time and he also wrote great lyrics for his songs. But instead of adoring him I'll go straight to the main part.
Holy Diver is Dio's first solo album. For the first time he didn't have to think about what do other band members think about it. He was 100% free in what he was creating. While listening to the album it is easy to notice that while singing Dio is actually having fun! That's something that is very rare. Mostly when you hear music you hear that vocalist is trying to concentrate himself on what he's singing and Dio is the true metal-lover who enjoys singing! It's really fascinating.
Actually there is no point in telling you details about each single song because they all are great. In each song you can feel bands involvement in the music their playing. Surely it is not the heaviest , fastest neither most technical album in the world but it has something that very few albums have. I can't explain it. When you listen to it you just feel how the music flows through your body, how it takes your mind away from the world.
Now maybe some more details. On album there are 9 tracks - maybe it's not much but quality is what counts. Variety of tracks is really big. There are some pretty fast songs like "Stand Up And Shout" but also calm and very moody tracks like "Don't Talk To Strangers". Music on the album is very nice. Even after listening it 3 times in a row I wasn't bored. I would say something about vocals but I think that there is no need because Dio is really great and there is no way to explain how clean his voice is. You just have to listen to him and I assure you that you will fall in love with Dio's voice.
I think that after reading this you'll start to listen to Dio (of course if you haven't done this earlier). Dio is the true Metal Voice - I have no doubt about it.
Writing about something that you love immensely is really hard - and that's what I feel about this album. I hope that I persuaded you to buy this album because it is something that is very nice to hear whether you're on top or currently going through hard times. Everybody will find something interesting for him in this album. You don't even have to be a metal-head to like it. I have few friends that mainly listen to other music genres and enjoy Holy Diver as hell. So what are you waiting for? March to a music store and buy it! You have no choice.
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