There are a couple albums out there that have had an incredible impact on how I live my life.Â â€œAstro Loungeâ€ by Smash Mouth, â€œInhuman Rampageâ€ by Dragonforce, and â€œKamikazeâ€ by Los Rabanes, are all close to the top, but nothing compares to Dioâ€™s debut album of utter magnificence, â€œHoly Diver.â€
Before â€œHoly Diver,â€ there wasnâ€™t a single album I would listen to all the way through, but that all changed.Â Recently, Iâ€™ve been playing â€œHoly Diverâ€ on infinite repeat on my boombox, and it occurred to me that I ought to pay tribute to the man behind it all, Ronnie James Dio.Â And yes, I did just say boombox.Â CDs sound better than mp3s.Â Leave me alone.
Former lead singer of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio, Ronnie James Dio had the most powerful ballad-belting voice in the history of anything, ever.Â He also wrote his own lyrics, which is pretty impressive considering the vast amount of singers that donâ€™t.
Dio released â€œHoly Diverâ€ in 1983.Â I was not alive then, but if I had been, Iâ€™m sure I would have been playing the vinyl nonstop on my gramophone or whatever it is that old people listened to back in the day.Â You see, â€œHoly Diverâ€ is perfect.Â Not Kanyeâ€™s-latest-comeback perfect, but more like this-will-blow-your-mind-and-melt-your-face perfect.Â Nine tracks of metallic majesty later, Dio had officially become my favorite pre-90â€™s rock band, with Ronnie James Dio firmly cemented as my favorite singer of all time.
Unfortunately for the world as a whole, Ronnie James Dio died May 16, 2010. The fact that Ronnie James Dioâ€™s passing went so under-noticed is upsetting to fans like me; fans who valued his music and plan on keeping his legacy alive by teaching others of the greatness that was Dio.
These days, Dioâ€™s legacy lives on in many different places. The television show â€œSouth Park,â€ the modern metal band Killswitch Engage, and the movie â€œTenacious D: the Pick of Destiny,â€ are just a few of the places you could find Dioâ€™s music and visage (he played himself in â€œPick of Destinyâ€).
Just because you may have never heard of Dio, it doesnâ€™t mean you have to miss out.Â Go.Â Go out and find the truth.Â The truth, of course, is head-banging goodness.Â If you donâ€™t love â€œHoly Diver,â€ you may not have ears.