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At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
Price: CDN$ 15.58
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His music will indeed live on forever!!!, Nov. 9 2010
The hole that Ronnie James Dio's passing left in the Metal realm can only be filled with the memories & the legacy of his work. Widow/manager Wendy Dio is making sure that the memory of Ronnie stays fresh in our hearts & minds. This release is proof of that. Listening to Dio live we'll make you believe in magic. A voice so powerful, yet so gracious, singing songs that are the cornerstone of Heavy Metal is what this album is all about. Two discs recorded at the Monster of Rock festival in UK in different areas of the band, this album captures the essence of the magic that is to hear Dio live.

The 1st disc was recorded in 1983 & will most likely be seen as the gem of the two discs as the band's debut album, Holy Diver, had yet to gain the status it has today. So needless to say, after leaving his mark with Rainbow & then Black Sabbath, Ronnie had a lot to loose if his venture as a solo artist would've failed. History shows that Dio did succeed & disc one demonstrate why he did. Blazing through a set list that showcase his time with Rainbow, Sabbath as well as songs from Holy Diver, Ronnie & the band delivers a solid & energetic performance.

Disc 2 was recorded in 1987. Now Dio had few albums, a lot more experience & a new guitar player in Graig Goldy who replaced Vivian Campbell who can be heard on the 1st disc. The Energy & the passion are as present as it was in 1983. Another setlist that, although lack songs from Sacred Heart, is compensated by songs from Dream Evil that we rarely got to hear live.

My only issue with this album (& a quite small issue at that) is the sound of the 1st disc. Since it was re-mastered from the original recordings, I was expecting the sound to be a bit more "crisp". But that minor detail do not deter from the fact that this is a great release that all fans will enjoy & reminisce about the phenomenal singer that was Ronnie James Dio.

Days Of Defiance
Days Of Defiance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relieved to see the band is back!, Nov. 3 2010
This review is from: Days Of Defiance (Audio CD)
I must admit I wasn't too thrilled when I heard that Gus G. was going to play for Ozzy. Having been a fan a his work for the past decade with Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy &, of course, Firewind, I knew that Ozzy wouldn't use him to is full potential (Gus G. didn't get to write any material on Ozzy's Scream). But then again, as a guitarist myself, to play with Ozzy is nothing short of a dream come true for any musician. Then the departure of drummer Mark Cross got me really nervous about Firewind's future.

But all that fear as been put to rest since Firewind is back with "Days of Defiance"! Another solid record from start to finish. Powerful & melodic, this is sure to please all fans of the band. As far as being Firewind's defining moment, I feel that, in my own personnal opinion, "Days of Defiance" is a minor step back from the band's previous effort "Premonition" as far as song quality goes. I just found that riffs aren't quite as catchy as on the last album & they keyboard isn't as present either.

That, however, doesn't deviate from the fact that this album delivers & it's a purchase that you won't regret. Long time Firewind fans will enjoy "Days of Defiance" for what it is & newer will have a taste of how great this band truly is.

Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Live in Europe
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Live in Europe
DVD ~ Heaven & Hell
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 19.36
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-order it! It's guaranteed to be special!!!, Oct. 18 2010
Does anybody have really doubts on how great this release will be? The last profesional recording of the late great Ronnie James Dio live. Of course it's going to awesome! Recorded live on July 30th 2009 in Wacken, Germany, about a month before Dio's last concert ever; this recording, Ronnie was already in the early stage of his stomach cancer. So, needles to say that this release will truly demonstrate the true power & strength & will also show why Dio was (& still is) one of the best singer of all time. The DVD will also contain some special bonus features as well like the 30th Anniversary Interviews: Interviews with all four band members reflecting on 30 years from the release of Black Sabbath's "Heaven & Hell" album & newly recorded personal tributes to Ronnie James Dio from Tony Iommi, Vinnie Appice and Geezer Butler in his memory. I already have chills just thinking about it. This concert was during the "The Devil you Know" tour which mean will also have a few live songs from that awesome album. This is a definite must have. No need to wait to see what reviewers will say about this DVD. Everybody involved in this release will want to sure that they put out something that will reflect the greatness of the band & especially Ronnie James Dio. Pre-order it now!!!

Another Lesson In Violence
Another Lesson In Violence
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Exodus live... 'Nuff said!!!, Oct. 16 2010
It may sound like a sacrilegious thing to say from an Exodus fan, but I didn't really like Paul Baloff's work as a singer on the band's debut album "Bonded by Blood". I just found that he lacked intensity & determination. Maybe because he was young & lacked experience I'm not sure, but I always felt he could've done much better. And "Another Lesson in Violence" is the perfect example of how good Paul could actually sing. This live album is raw & in your face from start to finish with Paul even demonstrating is comedic side between songs. The band sounds just as tight as ever & each song is just a crushing blow to the ears. With the band reunited & looking like they were ready to take on the world it's really sad that we would never hear any new material from the band with Paul on vocals as he sadly passed away in 2002. History now shows that Exodus was able to come back full force with the return of Steve "Zetro" Souza to replace Paul, who in turn got replace by current vocalist Rob Dukes after "Zetro" quit Exodus, but the proverbial question "what if?" is surely in the mind of all Exodus fans who wonder what would've happen if Paul Baloff was still alive? Nonetheless, "Another Lesson in Violence" is a great testament of Paul's talent both as singer & entertainer. As much as "Bonded by Blood" is viewed as a Thrash classic, I personally think that this live CD better demonstrate what Paul was all about.

Diamonds - the Best of Dio
Diamonds - the Best of Dio
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A best of" of one of the best, Oct. 13 2010
This CD is a great tribute to the 1st decade of Ronnie James Dio's solo career. From the classic "Holy Diver" to the less appreciated "Lock up the Wolves", this album reflects how great Ronnie truly was. His music influenced generations of musicians & music fans & will continue to do so as his legacy will always be in the heart of all Metal fans. Including songs from "The Last In Line", "Sacred Heart" & "Dream Evil", it also include the song "Hide in the Rainbow" that was not available on any of those releases. Not only for seasoned fans but also for newer fans who wants to know why the entire Metal world cried when the news of Dio's passing was made public. Legendary songs by a legendary singer. Ronnie James Dio will never be forgotten.

Fabulous Disaster
Fabulous Disaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic thrash!!!, Oct. 13 2010
This review is from: Fabulous Disaster (Audio CD)
At one point in your life, you all been asked what would you bring with you if you were to get stranded on a deserted island. Well, as for me, "Fabulous Disaster" would definitely be in my suitcase. This CD should be in the collection of every Metal fans around the world. It's loaded with awesome songs like "Verbal Razors", "Cajun Hell", the title track &, of course, the classic "Toxic Waltz". On top of that, Exodus also does great renditions of War's "Low Rider" & AC/DC's "Overdose". Hitting fast & hitting hard, "Fabulous Disaster" is the definition of what a great Thrash record should sound like. Gary Holt & Rick Hunolt guitar work is pure Metal delight. With Steve "Zetro" Souza's razor like vocals, you can't ask for anymore than that in a Thrash. At the risk of repeating myself... A must for all Metal fans. Buy it!!!

Overkill - Live at Wacken Open Air 2007 [Import]
Overkill - Live at Wacken Open Air 2007 [Import]
DVD ~ Overkill
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overkill doing what they do best, Oct. 13 2010
I'm not sure if these New Jersey Thrashers ever got the recognition for their input in Metal. If not, I truly hope that they someday do. If you're wondering why I'm saying that, then you have to buy this DVD to understand. Releasing great albums, doing great concert, Overkill certainly earned their stripes over the last few decades. Speaking of great concert, "Live at Wacken open Air 2007" is a great testimony of that. Shredding through a (bit too short) set of older & newer material, Overkill prove that they still have the energy & will to entertain the crowd to he max. There isn't much to say about this DVD as it's a great concert. My main issue is that the product itself seems like it was release too quick. What I mean by that is that they are no bonus features or extras about the band or the recording of the show. What happened here is that I don't think the band was still with the record company when this DVD was released & it might've been done more as a contractual obligation than anything else. Whatever the reason was, this is a great concert & should be bought by all Metal fans. It's Overkill, it's Wacken Open Air... What more can I say?

Plugged In Permanent
Plugged In Permanent
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2.0 out of 5 stars A real low point for Anvil, Oct. 13 2010
This review is from: Plugged In Permanent (Audio CD)
I'll be the 1st to admit that I did forget about this band during the 90s & it took the documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" for me to find out that Anvil was still active in the Metal realm. But, ever since watching that documentary (over & over might I had), I vowed to have the complete Anvil collection. While their albums are quite hard to get (thanks a million to Amazon as they work hard trying to get them for me), I think is important for all Metal fans to take notice of Anvil as they're the one that influence bands like Metallica, Slayer & Anthrax just to name those bands. I was really happy to finally get my hands on "Plugged in Permanent" but was really disappointed upon listening to it. But, being a renewed Anvil fan, not only did I watch the documentary but I also read their book & in the 90s, they were going through real hard time. Due to the grunge era, big named Metal bands weren't getting as much attention as they were used to. So can you imagine how little attention Anvil was getting then? (you should as you were probably ignoring them like I was). My guess here is that it was near impossible for them to be motivated & in the right mood to be creative in their song writings. To top it off, this got to be the worst production I ever heard for a CD. I would go as far as saying that it is below bootleg or demo quality. With no help & no money it's quite impressive that guitarist/singer Lips & drummer Rob Reiner still had the drive to make music & release albums. Probably their worst release but still an important time for the band showing that, when the whole world gave up on them... Anvil didn't... For true fans only.

Year of the Witch
Year of the Witch
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underated album from an underated band..., Oct. 13 2010
This review is from: Year of the Witch (Audio CD)
New Jersey's own Seven Witches never were able to make it big; or hasn't yet anyway. I don't think the issue is with the quality of the songs. It's more than likely due to the fact that the band as been somewhat of a revolving door for musician during its existence. Since their 1st release "Second War in Heaven", the only constance has been guitarist/band founder Jack Frost. It's a real shame that Seven Witches isn't getting more noticed as Jack, for the major part, always surrounded himslef with top notch musicians. The talent of Jack Frost & his friends (for lack of a better word) really shines on this release; "Year of the Witch". The album starts with the strong anthem "Metal Asylum" which is a tribute to Heavy Metal & all the bands that help mold this style of music to what it is today. There's no real bad songs here; a few better than others but that's normal. The only deception here is the actual length of the CD. At the end there's a mini concept story about a special boy named Jacob. Between the songs there a few part that are just under the 1 minute mark which is kinda disappointing as you 1st thing there are more songs than there actually are. But, all in all, Seven Witches is a great band for all old school 80s Metal fans & "Year of the Witch" is definitely worth the time & money for you to buy & listen.

Force of Habit
Force of Habit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why did it take me so long to realize how this album is???, Oct. 13 2010
This review is from: Force of Habit (Audio CD)
As much as I am a huge Exodus fan, it shames me to say that when "Force of Habit" was released in the early 90s I didn't care much for it. I liked a few songs like the title track, "Thorn in my Side" & "Good Day To Die" but that was pretty much it. But, ever since the band made the triumphant come back to the Thrash Metal scene, I decided to take a look at the band's back catalogue. Remembering that I didn't care much for this CD, I still decided to give it another chance some 15 years later after it's release. I never felt so ashamed in my life... How did I spend all that time without this CD in my stereo on a regular basis like all other Exodus releases? "Force of Habit" is guaranteed to wreck your neck!!! While this CD is simply awesome, unfortunately, in the mix of all those hard & fast thrash songs, the band decided to cover "Bitch" from the Rolling Stone (trumpets on a Exodus CD, really?!?) & "Pump it up" from Elvis Costello. Those 2 songs simply don't have a place with such gems as "The Climb Before the Fall", "Fuel for the Fire" or the 10 minute plus epic monster "Architect of Pain". This re-mastered version also contains 2 extra tracks that sound like leftovers for the recording session. They don't do much to enhance this album, but just like the already mentioned covers, you can simply skip them. My advice for "Force of Habit" is to not be a fool like I was & don't spend anymore time without this CD in your collection. Aside from a few misses this CD is a powerful hit.

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