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Master Of The Moon

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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. & now the vocal soundtrack to heavy metal returns with his most masterful work to date, MASTER OF THE MOON, a collection of 10 scorching tracks that is a return to form for the master of metal & will be a must have for fans of most of the most recognizable voices in music.

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"...an insightful requiem for rock, channeling AC/DC to sound the death knell...Fans, hold your horns high and proud." -- Billboard

"A surprisingly diverse CD...'Master' boasts the straightforward rock attack...and is packed full of classic metal goodness." -- Aquarian

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One More For The Road
  2. Master Of The Moon
  3. End Of The World
  4. Shivers
  5. The Man Who Would Be King
  6. The Eyes
  7. Living The Life
  8. I Am
  9. Death By Love
  10. In Dreams


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002PUHG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joseph Siegler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's 2004. Return Craig Goldie again for a third go around in the band. Exit long time bassist Jimmy Bain. On this album, Jeff Pilson plays bass, but he was only intended for the album - the touring and formal bassist is now Rudy Sazro. Oh yeah, the album... :)

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.
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This is the best Dio cd since "Holy Diver"! There have been many great moments in the history of DIO, and this cd stands tall among them. Every track is incredible! Great lyrics, tight band, and the amazing vocals prowess of Mr. Dio make this a must-have cd for any fan of hard rock.This is also my favorite cover-art since "Dream Evil". All I can hope for is an extensive US tour to support this cd! Buy this - you won't be disappointed! Thank you, DIO for continuing on after 20 + years!
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I read a lot of interesting reviews even before this CD was released. The hardest part for me was trying not to have any pre-conceived notions about what this was going to sound like. I then recently found a site on the web where I could here some sample MP3's. I have to say I was pretty impressed with what I heard. Yesterday, I picked up the CD and have now gone through it twice now. At first listen I liked it but wasn't sure if I really liked it. Now that I have listened to it again I find that it's growing on me with each listen, and I like it more and more. I think this is mostly because the songs are in the style of dark, doomy, slow and plodding. Nothing is really fast or upbeat on this release. There are some leads but nothing too extravagent like Vivian Campbell' work, Doug Aldrich's work on KTD, or even what Craig Goldy did on Dream Evil. The overall mix is great with a dark and bassy overtones. The vocals sound SICK! RJD is still kickin at 55.

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.
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*NOTE* - It's actually 4.5 / 5 stars *But rounded up*

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.
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