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Killing the Dragon

DioAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the ... Read more in Amazon's Dio Store

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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B0000666ZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Killing The Dragon
2. Along Comes A Spider
3. Scream
4. Better In The Dark
5. Rock & Roll
6. Push
7. Guilty
8. Throw Away The Children
9. Before The Fall
10. Cold Feet

Editorial Reviews

Somewhere in Ronnie James Dio's attic is a portrait of a decrepit rock star growing old in his place. There's no other explanation; Killing the Dragon proves that the vocalist's career is boundless, as he keeps putting out excellent albums. Unlike his previous release (the excellent concept album Magica), Dio goes for a more straightforward metal approach here. New guitarist Doug Aldrich captures the classic Dio sound on the fast-paced "Better in the Dark" and the title track, with its memorable riffs and blistering solos. "Throw Away Children," which deals with the death of a runaway girl, is as passionate musically as it is lyrically, while the dark anthem "Rock & Roll" is hypnotic and Sabbath-like as it builds at a slow and heavy-handed pace. In all, it's a solid collection of traditional metal rockers, all of which are wonderfully recognizable as Dio standards. Only death and taxes are more reliable than he is. --Gail Flug

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With Killing the Dragon, the majesty and mystery of Dio returns full force. Welcoming new guitarist Doug Aldrich, Dio has crafted yet another timeless and unparalleled gift to the heavy metal lexicon. 2002.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dio's BEST since 1984! June 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ronnie James Dio's biggest problem is that he started his solo career with two of the best straightforward Heavy Metal albums of all time. Where could he go from there? So with the inevitable decline (which still saw the release of some very good albums) Dio slowly faded from an Arena God to another trooper carrying the banner for Heavy Metal and playing large clubs and small theaters. All the while Dio fans hoped for (and many expected) another GREAT Dio album. Killing The Dragon is that album. With solid (and very memorable) melodies, and great riffs, Killing The Dragon sounds like a combination of Sacred Heart and Dream Evil with bits of The Last In Line and Lock Up The Wolves thrown in. New guitar player Doug Aldrich is a solid and sometimes flashy fret burner, and he adds a lot to the album. Jimmy Bain is solid, as usual, and he contributed as a songwriter to nine of the ten songs on the album. Bain has always been underrated and unappreciated as a songwriter, but Killing The Dragon is proof that he was a bigger part of the early Dio (the band) success than most fans knew. Simon Wright is solid as well, giving the album a very strong foundation. Some of the songs are among the best Dio has ever done, and even the weakest songs on the album are better than most of what Dio has done in the last decade (which hasn't been bad, it just wasn't as good as what he did earlier). Some of the songs on Killing The Dragon lean more towards Melodic Metal or Hard Rock, but there isn't really anything "wimpy" on the album. This is an album that fits in well with the first four DIO albums. If you've ever liked Dio then you should definitely get Killing The Dragon. Now. You won't be disappointed. BUY IT!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, excellent bonuses January 6, 2003
By Jim
Format:Audio CD
When Killing the Dragon was released in May I was hearing about how there was going to be tour edition, so I decided to wait to purchase the album until the edition came out. Of course they wait ended up being quite long, and the album didn't penetrate stores around here for over a month after release. However in October I got a copy of Killing the Dragon Limited Edition. The album is great, it's not Holy Diver, but it's another great album from Dio. There are two bonus live tracks (featuring Ronnie with Deep Purple.) The two songs are "Fever Dreams" and of course "Rainbow in the Dark." I especially like the live version of "Rainbow in the Dark" but "Fever Dreams" is excellent also. The Limited Edition also includes a screen saver for your computer (which isn't too great, but still pretty neat) and the music video for "Push." "Push" is a decent song, and the video is pretty good, and if you want to see it you'll probably have to get it here, since MTV never plays good music. Anyways, it features Tenacious D in the beginning playing an acoustical parody of "Heaven and Hell" VERY funny, especially if you have heard their song about Dio. At the end they try to mimic the music video, also very funny.
If you already own Killing the Dragon, you should only pick up the Limited Edition if you really want to see the music video, or if you're a completist or big fan, you'll probably find it's worth it for the added goodies. It comes in a cardboard covering which is a close-up of the dragon, and then the jewel case features the same cover, and everything is pretty much identical except the CD says "Limited Edition" and the track listing on the back is different, the CD looks the same as the original, except a different tint, but nothing major.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Rock Solid", but not as powerful as MAGICA August 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
DIO shows he is still one of the best, if not the best, hard rock vocalists around with several of his latest releases such as "Last In Line: Live", MAGICA, and this one following a little slump in the early 90s. "Killing the Dragon" is a solid hard rock collection and any of Dio's fans will enjoy it.
I don't think it has the power, emotion, and artistry of MAGICA which included such killer tracks as "Fever Dreams", "Challis", "As Long As It's Not About Love", and "Losing My Insanity" (some of the best pure hard rock tunes of the last ten years by Dio or anyone else); however, "Killing the Dragon" is still a good CD. Keep up the good work, Ronnie !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought the CD after an excellent live show. Very good CD. December 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I am a 36 year old former metal maniac that, for whatever reason, has been revisiting the genre in the last year after a long absence.
Thats what led me to see Dio when he came thru Portland, Oregon on the opening night of the tour to support this record.
The show absolutely rocked. Dio and band were tight, and obviously enjoying themselves. What a treat to see one of my favorite bands from the 80's for the first time in a small venue. . .
Anyway, I bought this album in the aftermath of that show and have been listening to it quite a bit ever since. One thing an audiophile will appreciate is how awesome the production is, vis a vis the old stuff. There are GREAT guitar tones on this record, and everything is so crisp. This is not another day at the office for Ronnie: he puts his heart and soul into the vocals on this record. Listen as he belts 'wolves at the door, hooooooooowling for more' in the title track. Another major highlight of this record is the guitar playing of Doug Aldrich. His licks are very reminiscent of the classic Dio records, but he puts a fresh new twist that makes it relevant. Some folks in this forum have said Simon Wright is no Vinnie Appice, yet I love the drumming on this record. Absolutely rock solid.
Also, be sure to get the special 'limited edition', if you can, as it includes the 'Push' video with a hilarious intro by Tenacious D. I fully respect Ronnie for embracing Tenacious D- it showcases a sense of self deprecation that is refreshing in an age where artists take themselves way too seriously.
Four and a half stars. (1/2 point off for having 'Dark' in the title of a song)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dio album since 1984's "The Last In Line"!
This is the 9th studio album by heavy metal band Dio. The line up for this album is Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Jimmy Bain (bass & keyboards), Simon Wright (drums) and Dough Alrich... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Giovanni
THE BAND: Ronnie James Dio (Vocals)
Doug Aldrich (Guitar)
Jimmy Bain (Bass)
Simon Wright (Drums
Scot Warren (Keyboards)

SOUND: This is the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
This album was to my satisfactory and will continue to purchase products from this web page. killing the dragon rules
Published 3 months ago by Angelina
5.0 out of 5 stars DIO'S BEST HANDS DOWN !
If this one isn't five stars nothing is ! Everyone knows Ronnie James Dio is one of the greatest voices in Rock / Metal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dio at his Finest
I recently went on a Dio listening fest as I will sadly never hear any new Dio. Killing the Dragon was a surprise for me as I had never heard and it was amazing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg11
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort. 4 strong stars and a must for any Dio collection
From the very first note of the first song you can tell this will be a special effort. This completely annihilated any expectations that I might have. Read more
Published 12 months ago by White Chicken
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, late-period Dio. Only for completists. Skip if you want...
As a solo perfomer (Which is basically what Dio, the band is), Ronnie James Dio hit on a strong formula with his debut, "Holy Diver," in 1984. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars DIO FOREVER!!!!!
DIO is a METAL legend, and KILLING THE DRAGON is another great album!!!!! All the songs are CLASSIC DIO ones, with a more modern METAL feeling!!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars killing the dragon
I send this apology to bj2513 I gave an IMPROPER review
and wish to clear the air for bj2513 he did give a FAST
and prompt solution to a CD that was damaged please... Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Vandament
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Dio
This Dio album features his vocal prowess and efficient musicianship. Agruably a classic, but not quite equal to his early stuff. But still not bad. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Joseph Johnson
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