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Release date: 25 May 1983
Style: Heavy metal

Rating:

9 | 884 votes

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Disc I
01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Holy Diver
03. Gypsy
04. Caught In The Middle
05. Don't Talk To Strangers
06. Straight Through The Heart
07. Invisible
08. Rainbow In The Dark
09. Shame On The Night

Disc II [Deluxe edition]
01. Evil Eyes
02. Stand Up And Shout [live]
03. Straight Through The Heart [live]

King Biscuit Flower Hour 30th October 1983
04. Stand Up And Shout [live]
05. Shame On The Night [live]
06. Children Of The Sea [live]
07. Holy Diver [live]
08. Rainbow In The Dark [live]
09. Man On The Silver Mountain [live]

Top 20 albums of 1983: 1

Review
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Ronald James "Ronnie Dio" Padavona - vocals
Vivian Campbell - guitars
Vincent "Vinny" Appice - drums
Jimmy Bain - bass


Additional info
Art direction/design: Simon Levy, Jerry McManus

Re-released in 2005, completely remastered, with an extended booklet and an interview with Ronnie James Dio.
Re-released in 2010 by Back In Black on double LP red transparent vinyl, limited edition. Colored vinyl pressing limited to 1000 copies.

Produced by Ronnie James Dio.

Guest review by
tomeku

Rating:
10
Ronnie James Dio - one of very few musicians who was always doing what he wanted to do. He always created music he loves. He's never gone commercial and always been independent. When listening to his songs you can feel that the music flows straight from his heart. Dio is surely one of the best vocalist of all time and he also wrote great lyrics for his songs. But instead of adoring him I'll go straight to the main part.

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published 12.02.2004 | Comments (16)

Staff pick by
Thryce

17.05.2010 Released exactly 27(!) years ago, this album is regarded as Dio's best work, and an undeniable classic in the heavy metal genre in general. Simple as that.

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Reza - 14.01.2010 at 06:54  
  It's great. In fact all Dio 80's albums are great!
Ellrohir - 14.01.2010 at 11:16  
  When i heard "Metal Machine" iby Sabaton, i was like "i need to check all those legendary songs they mentioned"...in the refrain there is "The rainbow in the dark is shining"...so i checked it...and it was damn very worth of my time...
Valentin B - 31.01.2010 at 19:00  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 14.01.2010 at 11:16

When i heard "Metal Machine" iby Sabaton, i was like "i need to check all those legendary songs they mentioned"...in the refrain there is "The rainbow in the dark is shining"...so i checked it...and it was damn very worth of my time...

what? you never listened to Dio before? BLASPHEMY

seriously now, i don't know any other song with such an effective atmospheric intro and then epic ass-pwning riff after epic ass-pwning riff as Holy Diver.
Damage inc. - 28.07.2010 at 05:30  
Rating: 10 This album is amazing.Dio is truly the voice of metal.
Lovecraft - 22.09.2010 at 00:56  
  A classic that never gets old.
Boxcar Willy - 12.10.2010 at 21:18  
Rating: 9 Amazing album! bougth it for only 6 bucks!!!
Ellrohir - 12.10.2010 at 23:16  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 12.10.2010 at 21:18

bougth it for only 6 bucks!!!


what? i want too!
Boxcar Willy - 13.10.2010 at 21:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Ellrohir on 12.10.2010 at 23:16

Written by Boxcar Willy on 12.10.2010 at 21:18

bougth it for only 6 bucks!!!


what? i want too!

yeah it was used but in perfect condition! original case and everything!.
Mountain King - 28.01.2011 at 22:08  
  Doesn't deserve a 10 for sure...
Angelic Storm - 28.01.2011 at 22:17  
Rating: 9
Written by Mountain King on 28.01.2011 at 22:08

Doesn't deserve a 10 for sure...


I agree with that. I think the album is slightly overrated, even though over half the album is classic stuff.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.01.2011 at 22:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.01.2011 at 22:17

Written by Mountain King on 28.01.2011 at 22:08

Doesn't deserve a 10 for sure...


I agree with that. I think the album is slightly overrated, even though over half the album is classic stuff.


imo The Last In Line and Scared Heart are the overrated albums, thisione is judged right and Dream evil is immensely underrated
Mountain King - 28.01.2011 at 22:24  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.01.2011 at 22:17

Written by Mountain King on 28.01.2011 at 22:08

Doesn't deserve a 10 for sure...


I agree with that. I think the album is slightly overrated, even though over half the album is classic stuff.

I'm listening to it now, and i've heard this album a lot of times. You're very right to say that it's a little overrated. Well Holy Diver has never been such a wonderful song to me but it's a classic nonetheless but i think i prefer the song Last In Line for example. Don't Talk To Strangers, Rainbow In The Dark and Invisible are my favorites but i don't really like Straight Through The Heart or Caught In The Middle...
Angelic Storm - 28.01.2011 at 22:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.01.2011 at 22:21
imo The Last In Line and Scared Heart are the overrated albums, thisione is judged right and Dream evil is immensely underrated


A lot of people class "Sacred Heart" as a weak album, in fact its very rare I see anyone rating that album highly, so I don't think it's overrated at all.

"Dream Evil" is actually my fave album by Dio, and it is extremely underrated in my eyes at least.
Phantom Lord - 15.02.2011 at 20:29  
  Rip dio
CHINO0097 - 27.03.2011 at 00:53  
  One of the best albums of the 80's
JÄY - 17.07.2011 at 15:57  
Rating: 10 Fun to watch this album climb....
Boxcar Willy - 30.11.2011 at 04:28  
Rating: 9
Written by JÄY on 17.07.2011 at 15:57

Fun to watch this album climb....

it is im glad it is climbing, i just bumped my rating up, I LOVE IT!!!
alex t - 06.03.2012 at 05:05  
  One of the greatest album in heavy metal history. It's very important album for foundation of genre. It was golden time of 80's for heavy metal and the best album from Dio. We should all kneel to immortal Dio.:bow:
lord artan - 10.06.2012 at 10:59  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece... i love Rainbow In The Dark
Warman - 20.07.2012 at 15:27  
 
Written by Valentin B on 31.01.2010 at 19:00

Written by Ellrohir on 14.01.2010 at 11:16

When i heard "Metal Machine" iby Sabaton, i was like "i need to check all those legendary songs they mentioned"...in the refrain there is "The rainbow in the dark is shining"...so i checked it...and it was damn very worth of my time...

what? you never listened to Dio before? BLASPHEMY

Being two and a half years late here, but that actually came as a chock to me too now that I read it. Who hasn't heard "Rainbow in the Dark" (especially) on the radio and TV like... your whole entire life?
Valentin B - 20.07.2012 at 16:32  
 
Written by Warman on 20.07.2012 at 15:27

Written by Valentin B on 31.01.2010 at 19:00

Written by Ellrohir on 14.01.2010 at 11:16

When i heard "Metal Machine" iby Sabaton, i was like "i need to check all those legendary songs they mentioned"...in the refrain there is "The rainbow in the dark is shining"...so i checked it...and it was damn very worth of my time...

what? you never listened to Dio before? BLASPHEMY

Being two and a half years late here, but that actually came as a chock to me too now that I read it. Who hasn't heard "Rainbow in the Dark" (especially) on the radio and TV like... your whole entire life?

what came as a surprise to me is that the guy is (or used to be) a huge power metal fan, and about 90% of bands in that genre have been influenced in some way by Sabbath, Dio or Rainbow.
musicalkaratekid - 30.07.2012 at 18:16  
Rating: 9 Haha, my vote go this to 666 votesXD

But yeah, this album is chockfull of tunes. 'Don't tale to Strangers', 'Straight through the Heart',the epic title track, it's all good. Only reason why its not a 10 is perhaps the album could have done without 'Gypsy', but it's not too big a deal anyway. Not when the rest of the album is brilliant.
Druss - 30.07.2012 at 18:31  
Rating: 9 Only listened to this the first time through a day or two ago, and I can't stop listening to it now lol, especially the title track, ''Rainbow In The Dark'' and ''Shame On The Night'', absolutely incredible tracks.
HellriderRising - 22.09.2012 at 23:34  
Rating: 10 Don't Talk To Strangers
I_Die_Often - 23.09.2012 at 02:34  
Rating: 9 I bought this days after it came out a thousand years ago, cover scared all my friends!
Great stuff back then, still a good album.
Metalex - 27.09.2012 at 15:26  
Rating: 8 I bought this cd to a ridicule price of 5 $ ^^
Void Eater - 25.10.2012 at 21:06  
  On the topic of buying Holy Diver at great low prices, I picked it up for $6, and while not the best $6 I've ever spent (that honor goes to whenever I spend $6 on donuts), it sure it good. I really shouldn't like this album as much, since I dislike hard rockish music in general, and this album has a lot of hard rock/ACDC styled songs, but there's something so damn charismatic and likable about the whole thing.
bblitz - 30.10.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 10 Wonderful album that took me on the path of metal music.Ronnie is my true hero,the best I hope
he is somewhere in heaven watching over all of his metal brothers.Thank you for this album my hero!
megadeath13 - 11.11.2012 at 18:35  
  Holy Diver is an timeless classic, which never gets old. The best Dio album
Dentura - 11.12.2012 at 02:36  
Rating: 7 Awesome album, so many great, classic songs to choose from. Dio is a god! Horns to him.
Strawberry - 06.06.2013 at 19:39  
Rating: 10 This is a MASTERPIECE
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 21:59  
  Most definitely the best Dio album. The following releases didnt come even close to this one.
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.09.2013 at 22:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 21:59

Most definitely the best Dio album. The following releases didnt come even close to this one.



qft although Dream Evil comes closest
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:21  
  Yes probably but The last in line f.e was way inferior to this one.
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.09.2013 at 22:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 22:21

Yes probably but The last in line f.e was way inferior to this one.



totally true as was Sacred Heart and everything after Dream Evil. Actually, come to think of it only Holy DIver and Dream Evil are the only essential Dio solo albums
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:44  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 22:34

Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 22:21

Yes probably but The last in line f.e was way inferior to this one.



totally true as was Sacred Heart and everything after Dream Evil. Actually, come to think of it only Holy DIver and Dream Evil are the only essential Dio solo albums

Holy diver for sure and to a lesser extent Dream eVIL. I still think his best work was with Rainbow. Rising and Long Live Rock´n Roll are classics and better than anything done with Black Sabbath or solo.
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.09.2013 at 22:49  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 22:44

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.09.2013 at 22:34

Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 22:21

Yes probably but The last in line f.e was way inferior to this one.



totally true as was Sacred Heart and everything after Dream Evil. Actually, come to think of it only Holy DIver and Dream Evil are the only essential Dio solo albums

Holy diver for sure and to a lesser extent Dream eVIL. I still think his best work was with Rainbow. Rising and Long Live Rock´n Roll are classics and better than anything done with Black Sabbath or solo.



I am not too much of a fan of Long Live Rock 'n Roll but what he did on Rising is my favourite and also on the Rainbow debut and especially live just go watch the Munich 1977 dvd dman that was Dio's best.

As for Black Sabbath never really like Heaven & Hell but Mob Rules I always enjoyed. But true his Rainbow years were better than anything he did with Sabbath or solo
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:57  
  Never watched the DVD but have to do it, thanks for the tip. As for Heaven and Hell i think its a great album, but for sure worse than the first five albums with Ozzy. Sabbaths music fits just better with Ozzys voice. Altough Dio was the far better vocalist, no doubt about that.
JoniTuomela - 02.02.2014 at 19:03  
Rating: 10 Maybe the best metal album of all time
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 06:35  
Rating: 9 Why listen to covers when one can listen to the original!

Great voice and in my mind epitome of what it is to be a heavy metal vocalist.
Ace Frawley - 27.03.2014 at 11:09  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 25.03.2014 at 06:35

Great voice and in my mind epitome of what it is to be a heavy metal vocalist.


Oh yeah, he was one of the best. In my top five of all time, would be surprised if he didn't make the top 5 in any list of the great metal vocalists of all time.
NocturnalStalker - 08.06.2014 at 08:07  
Rating: 9 What can I say? It's a real classic of heavy music.

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