Ozzy Osbourne isn't the only elder statesman of metal still cranking out the tunes.
Ozzy Osbourne isn't the only elder statesman of metal still cranking out the tunes. Vocalist/songwriter Ronnie James Dio earned his crown from stints in Black Sabbath and Rainbow, along with his solo work. VH1 even awarded him the No. 1 Most Metal Moment for introducing the "devil's horns" gesture. His "Master of the Moon" is head and shoulders above 2002 disc "Killing the Dragon." Only Dio can keep singing of fantasy/magical themes at this late date, with contemporary licks and an older-school metal foundation offsetting lyrical concepts some may consider dated. Dio's ever-changing lineup now comprises bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Scott Warren. Dio officiates an insightful requiem for rock on "End of the World," channeling AC/DC to sound the death knell. "Shivers" has an irresistibly wicked hook and solo, making it the likely favorite, and "The Eyes" is a menacing descent into paranoia. Fans, hold your horns high and proud.—CLT
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