The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 collection is comprised of RONNIE JAMES DIO‘s mid-nineties releases; Angry Machines all the way up to his final, twenty first century album Master of the Moon. Remastered lovingly by longtime DIO producer Wyn Davis, under the supervision of WENDY DIO, all of the tracks from somewhat random albums sound good next to each other. From Magica you get “Lord of the Last Day”,”Fever Dreams”, “Feed My Head” and “As Long As It’s Not About Love”. From Killing the Dragon you get “Along Comes A Spider”, “Better In The Dark”, “Push” and the title track. Off of the Master album you get “The Eyes”, “One More For The Road” and “Shivers”. While Machines offers two more tracks that mix things up. After listening to this you’ll notice Ronnie’s voice does not change. He has this timeless quality that makes every song sound like they were recorded all in the same day.
The musicianship on this beast comes mainly from guitarist CRAIG GOLDY, drummer SIMON WRIGHT and keyboardist SCOTT WARREN. Bassists; RUDY SARZO, JEFF PILSON, JIMMY BAIN as well as drummer VINNY APPICE and guitarist TRACY G are all showcased here. No matter who’s playing on what, they all deliver what’s needed. DIO and company always showed you that you don’t need to play a hundred miles an hour, or rely on super technicality it write a great song. It really is a lesson in straight-forward heavy metal.
It’s a perfect collection for the causal fan and there’s also enough extras on here to get the faithful fans interested. With studio bonus tracks such as “Prisoner Of Paradise”, “Electra”, a live version of “Hunter of the Heart” and possibly the last DIO guest appearance- “Metal Will Never Die” from the 2010 DAVE ROCK FIENSTEIN album, Bitten by the Beast you get a lot of value in this collection. Not a bad way to honor a true icon.
by Omar “OJayy” Cordy