Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIO / Holy Diver (1983)

Dio's début album is a masterpiece that's fully deserving of its status among fans. It's without a doubt one of the finest examples of 80s metal ever made. It continued the fascination with high fantasy that Ronnie brought to Black Sabbath: the duality of love and lust, good and evil and the perceptions that are attributed to each are explored time and again. Ronnie delivers his vocals with such power and astounding self-belief that it doesn't matter if half the time his cryptic lyrics appear contradictory and make little sense on the surface. Everyone should own Holy Diver, but if you're going for the CD, make sure and get the remaster.

Songs of Note: Holy Diver; Don't Talk to Strangers

5 stars of the masquerade out of 5

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