Awaken the Demon - Tribute to Dio
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||Rainbow In the Dark||Division||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||We Rock||Aurora Borealis||4:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Neon Nights||Steel Prophet||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Invisible||Enertia||5:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Talk to Strangers||Ion Vein||4:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Caught In the Middle||Opposite Earth||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||King of Rock and Roll||Black Earth||3:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Evil Eyes||Imagika||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Holy Diver||Tyrant||4:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heaven & Hell||Division||4:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Last In Line||Psycho Scream||5:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Egypt||Dofka||6:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shame On the Night||Seven Witches||6:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
A Solid Tribute Album, For the Most Part
Awaken the Demon delivers what is expected of a tribute album, a varied mix of diferent artists' takes on the familiar anthems of Ronnie James Dio. Dio's influence on some of the bands (Steel Prophet and Opposite Earth) is quite obvious, while others (Aurora Borealis) leave the listener to ponder the impression Dio left on them. Many of the bands add a significant amount of power metal to the album's overall sound, which is a stark but enjoyable contrast to Dio's harder, grittier sound. The album's a prime choice for Dio fans who would like to hear other artists take his music in a bit of a different direction.
Dio is da MAN !!!!!!
Ronnie James is one of the coolest little dudes out there in Rock....only little dude badder is Angus Buy this album cuz more Dio in your life is a good thing !!!!!
Just get Holy Dio. It's miles better.
None of these tracks really stand out. Trust me, you can find a better version of each of these songs elsewhere. The only song that really stood out was Heaven and Hell, which accomplished the daunting task of beating Solitude Aeturnus' version. Aside from that, the Aurora's cover is absolutely dreadful (although black metal as a whole is a chore to listen to). The covers of King of Rock and Roll, Invisible, Evil Eyes, and Caught in the Middle were cool because they hadn't been done before, but they really stayed faithful to the originals - which is a bad thing, because I'd like to hear a band's particular take on a song, not just them regurgitating something I'd heard before. Dofka's Egypt beats Doro's, but Ion Vein's Don't Talk to Strangers gets mauled and destroyed by Blind Guardian's. Psycho Scream's Last in Line and Seven Witches' Shame on the Night falls short of Destiny's End and the Solitude Aeturnus covers, respectively. Then comes Tyrant's Holy Diver, a song that has been done time and time agian by countless bands (Holy Mother, Killswitch Engage), and therefore has had many changes made to it. Tyrant's version chooses to take the road less travelled and adds just about nothing to the original. My suggestion: Listen to Otyg's cover. At least they use Jawharps. Or listen to the originals. No one on this album has a voice that can compare with Dio.