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The Dio Years (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered]

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Along with being a heavy-metal pioneer and an otherworldly falsetto singer, the late, great Ronnie James Dio didn't made a big deal about not being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath. Dio lived for the music and this solid comp culls the best of his 1979 to 1992 tenure with Black Sabbath. On 1980's Heaven and Hell, along with 1981's Mob Rules and 1982's Live Evil, Dio helped take Black Sabbath's music to a harder, faster and more sinister sounding realm than Ozzy Osbourne's voice and work ethic could provide. He even kept 1992's Dehumanizer true to form during a time when many metalheads were succumbing to grunge. The Dio Years appropriately opens with "Neon Knights," a fast-driving juggernaut of medieval-inspired, muscle-bound metal. In the anthemic "Heaven and Hell" he builds on Ozzy-era sludge-riffs with athletically taut vocals characteristic of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The last three songs here, recorded in 2007 for this outing, make up for a curiously absent "The Sign of the Southern Cross."

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Dio is only one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time and this album does an amaing job of covering his years with Sabbath. Ozzy is cool and all, but The Dio Black Sabbath is beyond all competition. ALL HAIL DIO!!!!

Blown Away

I've only heard 3 Black Sabbath songs with Dio. The rest of my Black Sabbath music was Ozzy. So, I decided to buy this album. When I heard the first track, I was BLOWN AWAY by Tony Iommi's riffs. Every single part of this album is awesome!

Excellent overview of Dio era Sabbath

I'm not going to get into who is the better vocalist between Ozzy and Dio. I like them both, though I perfer Ozzy's sabbath to Dio's. Dio showed that there was indeed life after Ozzy for Sabbath. This album does a good job covering the three albums Dio did with Sabbath. "Die Young", "Heaven & Hell", "Neon Knights" and "I" are my favorites. The three new songs hold their own as well. Though if your looking for the true Dio era Sabbath masterpiece pick up "Heaven and Hell"


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An English hard rock institution whose influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated, Black Sabbath not only pioneered the genre, they helped launch the career of one of its most colorful and controversial characters in Ozzy Osbourne. The band distilled the smoke and strife of its industrial hometown into a punitive blast of doom-laden heavy blues-rock via bass player Geezer Butler's dystopian lyrics, which leaned heavily on the occult, and guitarist Tony Iommi's seismic riffing. When paired with...
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