Master of the Moon

Master of the Moon

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by Dio
     
 

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There's something about a post-millennium album cover that features a giant blue-horned minion of Satan in pre-pounce with an illuminated crystal ball in its leathery hand that simply warms the soul, and the fact that it adorns a record called Master of the Moon can mean only one thing: Dio. Unlike many in the aging metal community, Ronnie

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There's something about a post-millennium album cover that features a giant blue-horned minion of Satan in pre-pounce with an illuminated crystal ball in its leathery hand that simply warms the soul, and the fact that it adorns a record called Master of the Moon can mean only one thing: Dio. Unlike many in the aging metal community, Ronnie James Dio still possesses the same powerful voice that fueled the genre through its late-'70s and '80s heydays, and the reigning dark prince of Elfdom and two-time Black Sabbath frontman is still capable of writing a killer song or two. MOTM resembles earlier works like Last in Line and Sacred Heart in its ability to buffer those one or two great tracks with seven or eight forgettable ones. Luckily, it's the first one out of the gate, "One More for the Road," that packs the biggest wallop. Similar in attack to classics like "We Rock" and "Stand Up and Shout," it sets a breakneck pace for a record that gives up just minutes after the firing of the start gun. What follows is a series of midtempo rockers outfitted with RJD's generic fantasy lyrics about dreams, evil, and being "stronger than the wind," which flirt with creative arrangements and forward-thinking key changes, only to concede to the dark lord of banality. There are moments that inspire, like the snaky Brian May-like riff that weaves through the title track, and the surprisingly political, melodic, and complex "The Man Who Would Be King" -- in true RJD fashion he references the Middle Eastern community as "the people of the sand" -- is among his most satisfying since 1987's "All the Fools Sailed Away," but Dio's on autopilot for the record's majority, resulting in a mediocre romp through the ruins of a land and a time that hath been long forgotten.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768472327
catalogNumber:
84723
Rank:
25671

Tracks

  1. One More for the Road  -  Dio
  2. Master of the Moon  -  Dio
  3. The End of the World  -  Dio
  4. Shivers  -  Dio
  5. The Man Who Would Be King  -  Dio
  6. The Eyes  -  Dio
  7. Living the Lie  -  Dio
  8. I Am  -  Dio
  9. Death by Love  -  Dio
  10. In Dreams  -  Dio

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dio   Primary Artist

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Master of the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better Dio albums. Combines Magica with classic Dio
KCochran More than 1 year ago
I have all of DIO's new stuff... Strange Highways, Angry Machines, Magica, Killing the Dragon... and Master of the Moon is one of my favorites, up there with Magica. Supposedly, DIO was going to make two follow-up concept albums to Magica (Magica is a concept album) but hasn't as of yet. Master is maybe my second favorite DIO album I have with Magica being my favorite. Craig Goldy has definately become one of my favorite guitarists (but Tragy G is too... he played on Strange Highways and Angry Machines). Goldy unleashes some experimental work using a talkbox or flanger or something on the song 'The Eyes' on Master. It is definately creepy cool. And what can I say about the cover-art? Also, very cool. But since when hasn't DIO had cool cover-art? Anyhow, this album is required having if you are a DIO fan. The song 'One More for the Road' opens the album up with a partying and rocking kind of vibe and gets you into the album's mood.