Dio - Killing The Dragon
After some years out in no-mans land in the beginning
of the 90's with albums such as such as Lock Up The Wolves, Strange
Highways and Angry Machines where the earlier so characteristic melodies
had to step aside in favour of dark, gloomy and slow riffs, Dio are
now back with something that can be described as the best he has done
since the 3 killeralbums in the mid-80's.
My first impression was that this album was really good,
and what I had been waiting for from Dio, but after a few listenings
I find that feeling fade more and more away.
It opens good with strong riffing and even stronger vocallines
in Killing The Dragon (that has touches of Powerslave with Iron Maiden
over it) and Along Comes A Spider, but the album tend to loose a bit
of its initial tempo in the midsection with songs such as Rock &
Roll, Guilty and Throw Away Children, which all are way more heavy and
dark, rather than emphazising on melody.
There are an equal amount of uptempo songs, and more heavier and slow ones - Killing The Dragon, Along Comes A Spider, Better In The Dark, Push, Before The Fall are the more faster ones, and the rest focus on heavy slow riffs rather than melodies - that's this albums greatest weakness according to me.
The voice of Dio are still as good as in his prime years, and is worth standing ovations, cause the man isn't exactly getting younger for every year, and new guitarist Doug Aldrich delivers more than a handful of good riffs in the true and recognicable Diostyle.
This is definitly a step in the right direction, and if
Dio can keep this up, we are looking at an interesting future regarding