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Dio - Master of the Moon - 2004 - Sanctuary Records Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. One More for the Road
2. Master of the Moon
3. End of the World
4. Shivers
5. Man Who Would Be King
6. Eyes
7. Living the Lie
8. I Am
9. Death By Love
10. In Dreams
Ronnie James Dio has handled his long music career with more dignity than anybody I can think of with only some recent choice words from ex-axe slinger Vivian Campbell and some critical clunkers (Magica, Killing the Dragon) to chink his nearly impervious Armor of the Gods. On "Master of the Moon", the mid-range voice is still there as strong in the studio as it was on his recent tour and the sound is still similar to his 80's pieces, but with less D&D lyrics and more political subject matter ("Man Who Would Be King"). It's a bit of a letdown to see that this 4-star General doesn't march forward as an unstoppable killing force because of his supporting crew. With 20 years of fans proclaiming Holy Diver and The Last In Line as classics, I would expect a certain degree of emulation, but this one never shows the power of the awesome beast on the cover. "One For The Road" is a decent opener that could sit well with Black Sabbath's "Dehumanizer" and the title track almost wakens to an epic, but the rest just pace along in single-time never raising their rockets to fire. Can't say that it grew on me either.


Score: 5


--Nailer 09.28.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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