Master Of The Moon
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"A surprisingly diverse CD...'Master' boasts the straightforward rock attack...and is packed full of classic metal goodness." -- Aquarian
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At first I didn't like this album. It took some listening to get into. I initially didn't like it. After Killing the Dragon being a very accessible disc that felt a lot like Holy Diver, we got Master of the Moon, which other than one track wasn't (to me anyway) very listenable. However, that changed over a few listens. My favorite tracks are The Eyes (which was the song I initially liked), plus Shivers, One More for the Road, and Living the Lie. It is a Dio album - there's no doubt about that. Which means it's good - Dio albums are always solid, good work. However, I was not a fan of the political song on here - "The Man Who Would be King", which is about George W Bush. I don't mind the message, but the song itself is my least favorite on the disc.
Been a Dio fan since Day 1. Bought Holy Diver when it was new, and bought all the other ones when they came out. Given I also run [...] , I'd like to say that I know Ronnie Dio well. This is up there with the good ones, but it didn't catch me quickly at first - I think if you dismiss it after just one or two listens, you're not giving it enough of a chance.
Generally speaking, this CD sounds to my ear more along the lines of "Strange Highways" and "Angry Machines". However, if you are willing to go back to the beginning of Dio's robust catalogue and listen to each CD leading up to MOTM you can find elements and pieces from each of those CD's on MOTM. For example, Shame On The Night off Holy Diver, and Egypt (The Chains Are On) from Last In Line are very similar in style and tempo to the tracks on MOTM. I also hear many elements from "Lock Up The Wolves" and "Magica" here too. I really don't here much in the vein of "Killing The Dragon" on MOTM. KTD to me sounded more like Dio's earlier master pieces (Holy Diver, Last In Line) in terms of being more up tempo, driving, memorable, with prolific lead playing.Read more ›
The album stars off with One More For The Road. Ronnie James Dio combines a fantastic chorus with an intricate riff. The lyrics are creatively put together before being interrupted by a fantastic guitar solo. The song, although great, seems to get a little repetitive because Dio sings the same chorus after, it seems like, two lines of new lyric material. One More for the Road is definitely a 94/100.
Master of the Moon had to be good. The album is named after it! And, damn, is Master of the Moon a great song! Dio sings with a tone that crescendos while the guitars set a heart-controlling beat in the background. He really gets you sucked into the song. "No questions. No answers. No one to scream at you!" Well, Dio, no one's going to scream at you with this amazing song that's intelligently composed and preformed. Great job! 100/100!
The next track is End of the World. The main problem I had with this track is that it seemed to start the same way Master of the Moon did. This is why I love the shuffle feature, because it eliminates this problem usually. Once Dio begins to sing, it is evident that the two songs are completely different. Dio sings out loud: What if imagination is a terrible thing? What if I'm wrong? Well here's what I've been thinking. Ronnie James Dio incorporates clever lyrics into the End of the World to score a 97/100.
Bam! Shivers, the next track, starts up immediately with an eerie riff. Dio sings with a new, fantastic tone as the guitar follows the eerie theme. The song continues until it explodes with the chorus. The night's on you, Dio begins. Wow, great chorus. Because of new song themes and excellent delivery, Dio scores a 98/100 in Shivers.Read more ›
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One of my favorite albums for rock out there. One for the road my people!Published 1 month ago by Jordan Cuevas
I've always loved Dio's music and he is the master of metal but I would have to say this album is one of his weakest in my opinion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dustin
Awesome album and Craig Goldy is a genius on guitar! ! Why anyone would say this is a bad album knows nothing about music!!! Read morePublished 11 months ago by nick bacic
If only they made a deluxe edition with live tracks of this tour...Published 12 months ago by John Holt
Always liked Dio. Rally appreciated his fans. Lost one of the greatest voices in rock when he passed.Published 16 months ago by Rick Christensen