DIO MESSIAH is Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism) and Jay Parmar (Exorcism) playing straight up DIO songs. The idea came too play all possible DIO songs from the Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, DIO und Heaven and Hell era. A new approach of today’s recording technique with a modern style and still keep true to the original. The Band presents the new song “Rock N Growl Children” and gives an idea on how the band sounds like. The song can be streamed below: Read more
DIO FINDING THE SACRED HEART – LIVE IN PHILLY 1986 ON DVD, BLU-RAY, 2CD, DIGITAL AUDIO, DIGITAL VIDEO AND FIRST TIME ON VINYL
ON DVD, BLU-RAY, 2CD, DIGITAL AUDIO, DIGITAL VIDEO AND FIRST TIME ON VINYL – FULLY RESTORED FILM FOOTAGE OF THE COMPLETE CONCERT AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ~MAY 28, 2013~
Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on May 28, 2013 of Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 2LP from Dio [Pre-book order date May 3, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, TBA vinyl]. The DVD and Blu-ray versions offer fully restored film footage of the complete concert available for the first time. The audio on the 2CD and double LP is fully remastered. Read more
by Deb Rao
- Senior Columnist –
October 26, 2012 at Hard Rock On The Strip in Las Vegas, NV –
In tribute to of one of the greatest vocalists in Metal genre, Ronnie James Dio, the Dio Disciples are currently on tour performing one of the most engaging set list of songs that chronicled the late great singer. The Dio Disciples made a special stop in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock on The Strip. Opening with “Killing The Dragon,” a song from The Very Beast Of Dio Volume 2, the band also performed songs from Dio as well as music Ronnie recorded with Rainbow and Black Sabbath.
It was fascinating to watch the two vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan give a performance of a lifetime. At times Oni Logan almost seemed possessed by Ronnie James Dio sounding and looking so much like the late singer engaging in a commanding performance. Tim also gave a stellar performance.
There was so much love from the audience with devil horns in the air, as the band launched into “Holy Diver.” Guitarist Craig Goldy cranked out the powerful notes and drummer Simon Wright didn’t miss a beat. It was intriguing to watch keyboard player Scott Warren, as his performance added so much to the set. Very magical. Be sure to check out Exclusive interview with Simon Wright right here at Hardrock Haven.
Every song evoked so much passion, hit after hit with highlights including,”Push,”"The Last In Line,” and “Man On The Silver Mountain.” Perhaps the most touching moment occurred when Scott Warren returned to the stage to introduce and dedicate “This Is Your Life” to Ronnie James Dio with piano and vocals duet with Oni Logan. This was a classic moment in metal and very heartfelt. You could almost feel Ronnie James Dio presence in the room, very haunting. The hits just kept on coming with encores “Heaven and Hell,” “We Rock” and “Rainbow In The Dark.” They brought the tunes that launched Ronnie back to life flawlessly and with so much compassion. Be sure to check out the Dio Disciples on tour this November.
The Dio Disciples:
Oni Logan – Vocals
Simon Wright – Drums
Scott Warren – Keyboards
Craig Goldy- Guitar
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Bjorn Englen – Bass
Killing The Dragon
The Last In Line
Stand Up And Shout
Don’t Talk To Strangers
As Long As It’s Not About Love
The Mob Rules
Long Live Rock and Roll
Man On The Silver Mountain
This Is Your Life
Heaven And Hell
Rainbow In The Dark
by John Kindred
- Publisher –
There is no doubt that the legacy of Ronnie James Dio will burn forever in the heart of metal fans all over the world. With that said, Niji Entertainment has released The Very Beast of Vol. 2, which is the follow-up to The Very Beast Of Dio and covers the years from 1996 to 2010. The albums represented include: Angry Machines (1996), Inferno: Last in Live (1998), Magica (2000), Killing the Dragon (2002), Masters of the Moon (2004), Tournado Box Set (2010) and the Feinstein album Bitten by the Beast (2010).
Dio, much like Ozzy, has played with the best guitarists of the genre during this featured time period: Tracy G., Craig Goldy and Doug Aldrich. Longtime writing partner, bassist Jimmy Bain, is represented on several songs, as well as his replacements Jeff Pilson and Larry Dennison. The drums where handled by Vinny Appice up until 1999, and then Simon Wright took the throne until ’10. Finally, longtime keyboardist Scott Warren, whose tenure ran from 1993-2010, makes his presence known on all the songs on The Very Beast of Vol. 2.
The Very Beast of Vol. 2 features 17 songs, including the rare “Electra” from the Tournado box set. The Feinstein song “Metal Will Never Die” from Bitten by the Beast and “Prisoner of Paradise,” which was appeared on the Japanese release Masters of the Moon, also are included. Artist Marc Sasso painted the front cover, and the linear notes were penned by Eddie Trunk.
“Best of” releases generally will either appeal to die-hard fans or be frowned upon, as everyone has a distinct list of the favorite Dio songs. For the most part, The Very Beast of Vol. 2 delivers a strong set of songs produced, mixed, and re-mastered by Dio’s longtime engineer, Wyn Davis. Everyone will have a favorite era, favorite guitarist or album. Stylistically, Dio always produced albums that had continuity in artistic style. While each guitarist had distinctive solo abilities, the rhythmic crunch of each was uniquely similar, guided by the hand of Ronnie James Dio, himself.
Available worldwide, unlike its predecessor, The Very Beast of Vol. 2 is a nice addition to any of Dio’s disciples CD collection. The man is gone from this Earth, but his voice and legacy live on …
Genre: Heavy Metal
Ronnie James Dio – Vocals, Keyboards
Tracy G – Guitars
Craig Goldy – Guitars
Doug Aldrich – Guitars
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Larry Dennison – Bass
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Simon Wright – Drums
Scott Warren – Keyboards
01. Killing the Dragon
03. The Eyes
04. Along Comes A Spider
05. Better In The Dark
06. Fever Dreams
08. Feed My Head
10. Hunter Of The Heart (live)
11. One More For The Road
12. Lord Of The Last Day
13. Electra (bonus track)
14. As Long As It’s Not About Love
15. This Is Your Life
16. Metal Will Never Die (bonus track)
17. Prisoner Of Paradise (bonus track)
Label: Niji Entertainment
Hardrock Haven rating: n/a
by Steve Patrick
- Columnist –
Steve Patrick conducted an interview with KILL DEVIL HILL’s Vinny Appice and Rex Brown on September 7 in Lancaster. The new band features legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, KILL DEVIL HILL) alongside Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals
KILL DEVIL HILL:
* Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) – Vocals
* Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) – Guitar
* Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) – Bass
* Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) – Drums
Video Interview with Vinny Appice and Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill
by Deb Rao
Staff Writer –
Former Rude Girl members Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge are finishing what they started with their new band Sledge Leather. The band has just released a new CD entitled Imagine Me Alive that incorporates all of the hard edge, dark tones, and driving rhythms of Rude Girl. In this Exclusive interview for Hardrock Haven Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge discuss in depth the making of the new album; pay Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, and the metal scene today.
HRH: Leather, Thank you for checking in with Hardrock Haven. Tell us how your new project Sledge Leather came into fruition. I understand that former Rude Girl drummer Sandy Sledge is also in the band.
Leather: Yes she is in a very big way. She is the foundation of the new project due to all her musical experiences during our years apart. We still have a lot to say. We went through a loss together that has changed us forever. It made me personally decide that it was time.
Sledge: Hi. I’m listening to you guys. I’m right here behind the drum set.
HRH: Sledge Leather has just released your new album Imagine Me Alive. What does the title denote to you?
Leather: Some people leave us too early. They may be asking us not to forget their contribution. They don’t want to be forgotten.
Sledge: Don’t be sad that the dead don’t appear here. Close your eyes and imagine them back into your life. Just close your eyes and you’ll find them. They know no time, they will not rust.
HRH: Tell us about the writing process for the album. How does it encompass the sound of the Rude Girl days?
Leather: The writing comes in different ways. Mostly Sledge has a basic song; sometimes we come up with lyrics while walking down the street. We may hear a guitar line. Not a set pattern, but Sledge writes like rain.
Sledge: And, as we know, Leather is the rain. She brings it. The sound started back in Rude Girl. We’d come up from rehearsing in a storefront basement, it’d be 3 in the morning and the San Francisco streets were filled with fog. Empty, but for a few vagabonds, ex-hippie panhandlers, and us just kids. We’d roam the fog filled danger. We cut our eyeteeth out there, and it shaped who we are and the songs we’re writing. That was Rude Girl, and the metal is still in our blood. The dark tones, the driving rhythms, the ghostly lyrics, the cynicism, the otherworldly respect. That place, San Francisco, is haunted. We inhaled it.
HRH: What was it like working with producer Juan Urteaga?
Leather: Juan was challenging and amazing at the same time. He is a bundle of energy, extremely honest and had some great ideas. He is a total Metal head. Sledge spent more alone time with him; she may have a different story.
Sledge: I’m pretty sure he hates me. Call and ask him. (Laughter) I have some intensely strict production practices from my days producing radio spots and promos. Deadlines are tight and I learned to work fast, and with a system, to get the level of excellence I needed. Juan has that inside of him, but he wasn’t’ used to doing it with someone else in the room. We worked it out though and he ultimately offered me a job there. We’ll do our next CD with him. It’s a match.
HRH: Also, I understand that former Dio members Scott Warren and Jimmy Bain appear on the album. Is that correct?
Leather: Yeah, we were blessed to have our paths cross. Sledge is responsible for luring them in.
Sledge: Dio is responsible for bringing them our way. It was my dream to play with Jimmy Bain way back in Rude Girl when Howie Klein and Sandy Perlman told us that we might have other musicians on the album. I had seen him around town (LA) but specifically, the night I was saying to someone that I needed to find Jimmy Bain’s phone number but that meant calling some guy that I didn’t want to call— I literally was walking into a grocery store– and Jimmy Bain passed in front of me headed to the cheese section. I freaked. It was actually a scary moment because I knew it was by design. It was Dio.
HRH: What was your goal when entering the studio to record Imagine Me Alive?
Leather: To express ourselves the best we could. To show we are worthy of stepping back in the ring. To try different things. To open up and let it happen.
Sledge: And to get some of this stuff out from inside of my notebooks! I have songs that I wrote 20 years ago for Leather to sing. Her voice is so amazing; no one else could sing them right.
HRH: Was Ronnie James Dio a huge influence in your career? Did you ever get to meet him?
Leather: Yes and yes. The privilege began in 82. Sledge as usual got us on the bus. We had a beer, listened to the “Rude Girl” demo. He was magic. I remember just listening and watching him. Ronnie was always supportive of me. He is missed.
Sledge: We had a lot of moments with him. He’d put his arms around us and look at us both intently and tell us to keep doing what we’re doing.
HRH: What is it like returning to the metal scene after two decades in Los Angeles-San Francisco bay area?
Leather: The economy sucks, so there are more limitations on playing out and touring. But as far as the people, radio, press, they have all been very welcoming. Thank you!
Sledge: Metal heads are still really cool people. It’s great seeing and playing with old friends like Geoff and Larry from Vicious Rumors, Jim from Brocas Helm. Jim was the unofficial¥official Rude Girl photographer, and there he was at the Keep It True festival with his band. Amazing!
HRH: In April 2011, you had the opportunity to perform at the Keep It True Festival in Germany? How do you feel U.S. audiences differ from European fans?
Leather: It was actually my first time playing Europe. But they were quite hungry and extremely appreciative after all this time. That audience had a lot to do with us continuing on.
Sledge: European audiences go out to more shows! But the passion is the same. Especially with metal. It’s a universal language, huh?
HRH: Who are some of your influences as a singer in metal?
Leather: Dio, Dickinson, Tate, Dio.
Sledge: Leather. (Laughter)
HRH: It is so inspiring to have you return to the metal scene. What do you hope to accomplish with your new project Sledge Leather?
Leather: To make good music that we and you are proud of.
HRH: Are there any tour plans in the works?
Leather: We have a lot of talking going on. Eventually something will come of it. Touring is a priority!!!
Sledge: And we have a local Los Angeles show at the House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd on June 15. Come out and party with us!! Thanks for your support, Hardrock Haven. Contact us at sledgeleather.com. Metal UP!!!
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by Steve Patrick
Staff Writer –
The latest supergroup on the block, Kill Devil Hill, is about to finally release their eponymous debut album on May 22nd. Due to some outstanding legal issues regarding the band’s name the album release was pushed back a couple months, but the long wait is nearly over.
The band is made up of bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down), drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio), guitarist Mark Zavon (Ratt), and newcomer vocalist Dewey Bragg. Appice has previously described the band’s sound as “a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in.”
Originally, Hardrock Haven had done an interview with Brown to promote the album when it was set to come out in March. However, during the two month album delay, we also had the good fortune to speak with Appice about the new record as well. Both were excited to talk about their new combined effort and the prospect of creating music outside of the legendary bands that each are already associated with:
Listen to the Interview
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For more information on Kill Devil Hill, please visit www.killdevilhillmusic.com. The band’s self-titled debut album will be available wherever albums are sold on May 22, 2012.
by Erik Tweedy
Ever wondered what David Lee Roth would sound like if he sang for a metal band? The latest release from DC4, Electric Ministry, has vocalist Jeff Duncan channeling one of rocks greatest front men, albeit, it is not the Woman and Children classic VH vocal style we are all used to, but more like a 50 year old Roth and surprisingly it works well here. From start to finish, Electric Ministry is a very solid release, made up mostly of straight up in your face hard rock that is heavy on guitars and stretches Duncan’s vocals to the limit.
Kicking things off is the acoustic inspired intro “Wrecktory” complete with what sounds like flies finding their final resting place in a bug zapper, Electric Ministry hits full speed with the title track as this balls out rocker showcases the talents of all 4 members of this Los Angeles based metal outfit that features former and current members of Armored Saint, Odin and DIO. Up next is a song that could have been inspired by porno star, Ron Jeremy, a friend of the band. “XXX” is about exactly what you would think it is about, nothing but sex. Pretty cheesy lyrics, but catchy riffing and monster drumming by Shawn Duncan make it easy to digest. On track 4, you can’t help but notice the DLR similarities and it’s appropriate the song is titled “Rock God”. A full on barnburner with an Iron Maiden inspired guitar solo that would make any video game Guitar Hero jealous. This one will have you hitting the replay button and is one of the many reasons to own this CD.
There are several standout tracks on Electric Ministry, “25 to Life”, “Glitter Girl” and “Sociopath” are all flat out rockers with some smoking guitar solos throughout and feature one of the better rhythm sections playing the Sunset Strip these days. The guitar work is quite impressive throughout and really showcases what is slowly becoming a lost art form in American hard rock music.
A couple of odd tracks are included in this 11 track package, “The Ballad of Rock and Roll”, a melancholy look at a musician’s lifelong ambition to sing until his last dying breath is a nice break from the metal onslaught and includes more of that tasty guitar work by Jeff Duncan and Rowan Robertson. “Dirty Hands” is a piano based, acoustic track that would be right at home on any release by former American Idol winner Chris Daughtry. Not a bad track, but seems out of place and doesn’t fit in well with the rest of this release.
While the songwriting may not be the best and some of the lyrics a bit juvenile, overall, Electric Ministry provides the listener with everything a metal record should be. Complete with great guitar riffs, plenty of very good solos, backed by a pounding rhythm section and a vocalist that is more than capable of handling the material, Electric Ministry is a very enjoyable listen. If you like your rock hard, in the vein of Armored Saint, Megadeth, Anthrax with a touch of Alcatrazz, Maiden and Van Halen, then you need to buy this release, you will not be disappointed.
Jeff Duncan: Lead Vocals/Guitar
Rowan Robertson: Guitar
Matt Duncan: Bass
Shawn Duncan: Drums
25 to Life
The Ballad of Rock and Roll
Label: Metal Blade
Hardrock Haven rating: 8.2/10
by John Kindred
The musical journey for Beirut-based Amadeus Awad has not been an easy one. Inspired by a video performance of Ritchie Blackmore with Deep Purple at the 1974 California Jam music festival, Awad’s passion to learn to play the electric guitar was ignited. Born and raised in Tripoli, North Lebanon, a culture that didn’t celebrate or accept the musical concepts from Western nations, Awad was financially challenged and lacked the availability of instruction that others took for granted. Growing up in a war-torn country in the middle of a civil war also amplified the challenge, but that didn’t deter Awad.
His perseverance led him to become a skilled, self-taught musician. At age 14, Awad Formed his first rock band, the Thorn Birds, and honed his skills on classic rock songs from bands such as Deep Purple, Dio and Rainbow. At 19, he moved to Beirut and went to school at the Beirut School of Fine Art and earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Musicology. At 22, he landed the gig as the guitarist for The Armenian artist Guy Manoukian. Pushing his career forward has led Awad to compose music for TV ads, documentaries and short films while he also worked as a session player live and in the studio for other artists. He also was a key player in forming Sphere, a band that featured Guy Manoukian on keyboards.
Awad continues to move forward on his chosen career path, producing his first solo instrumental album Ghost Stories. The album features five songs in which Awad merges his rock influences with the music of his own culture. He uses exotic scales and instruments to bring a fresh take on electric guitar-dominated instrumentals.
The influence of Ritchie Blackemore is evident in the way that Awad approaches phrasing his solos. His use of the WAH pedal witihin the context of the compositions tips its hat to the legendary Michael Schenker. Awad demonstrates a keen awareness to avoid unnecessary overplaying or shredding. His tasteful performance is highlighted in these five songs. Awad musical guitar style highlights his ability to incorporate melodic passages, neo-classical, legato and arpeggiated runs into his phrasing.
“April Rain” is a tranquil acoustic number with Middle Eastern flair. “Immortal Dunes” has a Blackmore Night-ish vibe. The solo has the same tonal signature of Blackmore’s guitar sound. “Ghost Stories” is driven by the heartbeat of a clock. Tasteful guitar licks abound over the musical bed of drums, guitar and clock. “Virtual Eclipse” is the barn burner here. Not that it’s a shred monster in the vein of a Paul Gilbert or maybe Malmsteen, but the song allows Awad to let loose with more tasty chops. Hints of a Satriani influence are in there as well. “Autumn Eyes” opens with an acoustic guitar melody and sad “slide work” before Elia Che enters on vocals. The song has a pleasant, melodic yet sad quality. Awad shines yet again, providing an elegant balance of rhythm and solo work for you to enjoy.
The dogma associated with Eastern culture, at least from the way we see the Middle East portrayed in the main stream media, leaves us believing that their culture is old, uncivilized and barbaric. Awad shines a light on a people who also have a voice that should be heard. The soul of man can be heard in the notes that he plays and the music that he writes. Awad displays his understanding of the instrument and crafts music that is tasteful, enjoyable and satisfying to listen to.
Genre: Instrumental Hard Rock
1. April Rain
2. Immortal Dunes
3. Ghost Stories
4. Virtual Eclipse
5. Autumn Eyes (featuring Elia Che on Vocals)
Hardrock Haven rating: 8/10
by Alex Barbieri
It is often the case that after an artist passes away, their art is truly appreciated. While Ronnie James Dio was revered in life, the new live album Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 is a welcome opportunity to again appreciate the live power and majesty of RJD.
Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 is the first release from the Niji Entertainment Group, founded by Dio and his wife and manager, Wendy Dio. RJD was the executive producer on this live album, and it is comforting to know as you listen that he was very much looking forward to its release.
The double-disc set was released as a deluxe digipak which includes a booklet of rare photographs and liner notes, and replicas of the original all access laminates from both shows.
The first “1983” disc was recorded at Dio’s first-ever Donington performance supporting Holy Diver and features the stellar lineup of Dio, Vivian Campbell on guitar, Jimmy Bain on bass, drummer Vinny Appice and Claude Schnell on the keys.
The track list is a robust sampling of RJD’s career to that point and features songs from Holy Diver, as well as Sabbath and Rainbow classics. The moment you hear Ronnie James Dio’s voice on opening track “Stand Up And Shout” you are reminded why RJD dominated the metal kingdom in the mid-‘80s. The combination of his vocal ferocity and pitch perfect technique is simply awe-inspiring.
The second disc was recorded at Donington in 1987 in support of Dream Evil, and introduces guitarist Craig Goldy. Like the first disc, it is career-spanning but features some rarely heard Dio hits such as “Rock ‘N Roll Children” and “All The Fools Sailed Away.”
The sound quality is better than on the first disc, but the songs aren’t as incendiary as the ’83 concert. Dio in 1983 was a band on fire, out to prove themselves to the world—and you can hear that in the performances on the first CD.
A big part of Ronnie James Dio’s appeal was his humility and openness. He truly was a “gentle man.” And a big part of the appeal of this live album is hearing his between-song banter. Ever gracious, Dio repeatedly thanks and empowers the audience and uses endearing phrases like “We shall like to do this next one.”
If, like many rock fans, you still mourn the passing of the late, great Ronnie James Dio, get yourself a copy of Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987. Then, pour yourself a tall glass of Dio’s favorite Samuel Smiths beer and turn up this live retrospective of one of the greatest singers in rock history. RIP RJD.
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Vivian Campbell – Guitar
Craig Goldy – Guitar
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Claude Schnell – Keyboards
CD 1: 1983
1. Stand Up And Shout
2. Straight Through The Heart
3. Children Of The Sea
4. Rainbow In The Dark
5. Holy Diver
6. Drum Solo
8. Guitar Solo
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
12. Man On The Silver Mountain (Reprise)
CD 2: 1987
1. Dream Evil
2. Neon Knights
3. Naked In The Rain
4. Rock And Roll Children
5. Long Live Rock ‘n Roll
6. The Last In Line
7. Children Of The Sea
8. Holy Diver
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. All The Fools Sailed Away
12. The Last In Line (Reprise)
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Label: Niji Entertainment Group
Hardrock Haven rating: 9/10
by John Kindred
Featuring the late Ronni James Dio, Toni Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, Heaven & Hell’s latest and final performance as the Black Sabbath spin off was captured July 30, 2009 at the Wacken Festival in Germany. The concert is now being released on DVD and CD formats by Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD and CD are being marketed in the U.S. as Neon Nights – 30 years of Heaven & Hell Live in Europe and Neon Nights – 30 years of Heaven & Hell Live at Wacken in Europe. Both versions contain the same track listing and bonus features on the DVD.
First off, this is Black Sabbath, probably in an effort to not alienate the Osbornes, the group banded together and released Devil You Know in ’09 under the moniker Heaven & Hell. Obviously, Heaven and Hell was the first album recorded with Ronni James Dio in 1980.
The DVD contains 13 songs (CD contains 11 songs) culled from the band’s back catalog and their latest studio album Devil You Know. Classics like “Mob Rules,” “Heaven and Hell,” “Children of the Sea” and “Time Machine” emphasize the uniqueness of this lineup of Black Sabbath. The inclusion of new songs into the set, such as “Bible Black,” hints at new music that will never come to fruition. The performance of the band is solid; any criticisms of Dio’s vocals are diminished by his battle with cancer. His presence on stage and interaction with the audience is magical. Iommi shines as he performs the music of the Dio-era Sabbath. Appice and Butler provide a powerful, thunderous rhythmic pulse as they hammer out the music.
The video presentation is excellent, very crisp and vibrant, while the audio is reflects a balanced mix allowing all four performers to be heard. The DVD contains bonus features, which include 30th Anniversary interviews with all four band members, and, in their own words, each band member pays tribute to Dio.
2010 and 2011 probably will continue to see the re-release of classic Dio-era music with his solo band, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell) and possibly even music from Rainbow. It’s been said before, but, again, Ronnie James Dio had a huge heart and voice. He leaves a legacy that few ever will attain within the Hard Rock and Metal genres.
Genre: Heavy Metal
Ronnie James Dio (v)
Tony Iommi (g)
Geezer Butler (b)
Vinny Appice (d)
DVD Track Listing:
1. E5150 (DVD only)
2. Mob Rules
3. Children of the Sea
5. Bible Black
6. Time Machine
8. Falling Off the Edge of the World
9. Follow the Tears
10. Die Young
11. Heaven & Hell
12. Country Girl (DVD only)
13. Neon Knights
CD Track Listing:
1. The Mob Rules
2. Children of the Sea
4. Bible Black
5. Time Machine
7. Falling off the Edge of the World
8. Follow the Tears
9. Die Young
10. Heaven and Hell
11. Neon Knights
Label: Eagle Vision/Eagle Rock Entertainment
Hardrock Haven rating: n/a
by John Kindred
The Blu-ray release of Holy Diver Live captures the ’05s incarnation of DIO performing the album Holy Diver in its entirety as well songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio’s solo albums. Filmed October 22, ’2005 at the London’s Astoria Theatre the live performance has been captured in high definition for the enjoyment of Dio fans worldwide.
The latest addition to the DIO catalogue Holy Diver Live was originally released on DVD as well as 2-disk CD set. The Blu-ray release captures the bands performance of one Dio’s classic studio releases, Holy Diver. Not only is this classic album performed in its entirety but the band also performs songs from Ronnie James Dio’s days with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and from his solo career under his namesake.
The 05′ band lineup included some of metals finest musicians: Rudy Sarzo (b), Simon Phillips (d), Scott Warren (k) and Doug Aldrich (g). Aldrich who filled in for the injured Craig Goldy, handles his guitar duties with flawless execution as always. Although Sarzo’s performance isn’t as dynamic or aggressive as his predecessor Jimmy Bain but he gets the job done. Drummer Simon Phillips doesn’t show any dings in his armor and keyboardist Scott Warren delivers as usual.
It is interesting to note that Dio choose to perform the complete Holy Diver release live. It is apparent that for all the classic songs that were culled from that album that several tracks were purely filler. This in itself may be what makes the set list not as lively as it could have been. The performance captured on film is probably not one of Dio’s finer moments. Ronnie seems tired and his voice is lower than normal. Following up 2003′s Evil or Divine is definitely hard footsteps to follow in. Still one can’t get enough of classics like “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” “Heaven and Hell,” “The Gates of Babylon” and “Long Live Rock and Roll.”
Bonus features include interviews of all the band members, which is insightful.
Although small in stature Ronnie James Dio had a huge heart and voice, he leaves a legacy that few will ever attain within the Hard Rock and Metal genres.
Genre: Hard Rock
Ronnie James Dio (v)
Rudy Sarzo (b)
Simon Phillips (d)
Scott Warren (k)
Doug Aldrich (g)
Studio Eagle Rock Entertainment ltd.
Original Year 2005
Catalog number: 33368
Release Date Oct 12, 2010
Running Time 125 Minutes
1. Tarot Woman
2. The Sign of The Southern Cross
3. One Night In The City
4. Stand Up And Shout
5. Holy Diver
7. Caught In The Middle
8. Don’t Talk To Strangers
9. Straight Through The Heart
11. Rainbow In The Dark
12. Shame On The Night
13. The Gates of Babylon
14. Heaven And Hell
15. Man On The Silver Mountain
16. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
17. We Rock
Hardrock Haven rating: n/a
by Justin Gaines
Norwegian vocal god Jorn Lande, who somehow manages to get at least one new album out each year, is back with a new release, titled simply Dio. It’s a covers collection of songs originally performed by the late Ronnie James Dio. It’s no secret that Jorn knows his way around a good cover song. This isn’t even his first covers album (see the excellent Unlocking the Past). It is his first covers album dedicated to a single artist however, and he couldn’t have picked a more appropriate subject. Jorn Lande may sound like David Coverdale’s clone, but his songwriting style is completely Dio-inspired. Every time a new Jorn album comes out you end up thinking it’s what a Whitesnake album would sound like if Dio wrote it.
Dio kicks off with an original song, the tribute “Song For Ronnie James.” It’s completely respectful, but isn’t as strong as the average Jorn song. Still, you have to credit him for paying respect like that, and the video clip for the song is good. After that, it’s on to the cover songs. Dio has an interesting track listing. Jorn seems to have gone out of his way to choose lesser-known tracks from lesser-known Dio albums. Sure, he hits some of the big ones (“Stand Up and Shout,” “Kill the King”), but there are a lot of unexpected choices here, like “Push” (from Killing the Dragon), “Lord of the Last Day” (from Magica) and Dream Evil’s “Sunset Superman.”
Some of the songs work perfectly with Jorn’s voice. He absolutely slays on “Shame On the Night,” “Push,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and Rainbow’s “Kill the King.” There are also songs that don’t work so well. “Lord of the Last Day” and “Night People” just aren’t that memorable. Of course, they weren’t the strongest Dio songs to begin with. Still, Dio is way more hit than miss. Jorn’s voice fits Dio’s songs to a T, and his sheer love for the man and his music is contagious. The album closes with a live performance of “Straight Through the Heart,” which appears to be taken from his Live in the USA release.
The timing of this release, announced just days after Ronnie James Dio’s passing, raised some eyebrows, but Dio had been in the works for some time, and in the end it is a fitting tribute to a man that Jorn obviously owes a great debt to (as do we all, in one way or another). If you’re already a Jorn fan, obviously you need to own this album. It’s also a great way for Dio fans to discover one of Ronnie James Dio’s most devoted disciples.
P.S. – You have to wonder if he has a David Coverdale tribute collection coming at some point.
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
Jorn Lande (v)
Willy Bendiksen (d)
Nic Angileri (b)
Tore Moren (g)
Tor Erik Myhre (g)
Jgor Gianola (g)
1. Song For Ronnie James
3. Shame On the Night
5. Stand Up And Shout
6. Don’t Talk To Strangers
7. Lord of the Last Day
8. Night People
9. Sacred Heart
10. Sunset Superman
11. Lonely Is the Word – Letters From Earth
12. Kill the King
13. Straight Through the Heart (live)
Hardrock Haven rating: 7.5/10
In Tribute: Ronnie James Dio Metal \m/ Forever.
Hardrock Haven would like to pass along our prayers and wishes to the family of Ronnie James Dio, who passed away Sunday, May 16 at the age of 67. On that Sunday morning, Dio finally succumbed to his battle with cancer, after fighting for the past year and undergoing seven bouts of chemotherapy. He was one of the most artful and majestic Heavy Metal singers of all time, and his musical legacy will live on through the ages.
The Hardrock Haven writers have each written their personal message to Dio’s family, friends and fans. Please join us and leave a comment as we hail and bid farewell to one of the creators of Heavy Metal as we know it today, Ronnie James Dio. Read more