Rating: 75/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, September '04
Label: Steamhammer SPV
Style: Heavy Rock

Master Of The Moon

“Master Of The Moon” is the title of the new DIO album, the successor to 2002’s “Killing The Dragon". I have been a fan of his music since his first album “Holy Diver” from 1983, and my personal favourite is “The Last In Line” from 1984. “Killing The Dragon” reminded me of his early albums, however “Master Of The Moon” with more doomy and slow tracks reminds me more of “Lock Up The Wolves” (1990), “Strange Highways” (1994) and “Angry Machines” (1996).

Track by track:
1. ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD - A real rocker… uptempo track, and one of my favourite songs on this album.
2. MASTER OF THE MOON - Then the titeltrack, slow and more dark. With a wonderful chorus that grows to be one of the best on this release.
3. THE END OF THE WORLD - This track is in the same vein as “Master Of The Moon”, and it starts with a riff that reminds me of AC/DC’s “Back In Black”. This track is ok, but nothing special. It ends with a great, great riff.
4. SHIVERS - I really like this track … it opens with a fantastic riff, and this riff goes on and on, but I don’t care … because it’s a monster-riff. One of the best tracks. There is a great guitar solo as well.
5. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING - We slow down a bit … this track is very dark and doomy, and I must admit that I find it a little bit boring. Okay song, but nothing spectacular.
6. THE EYES - Dark and doomy and with a great hypnotic riff. You get the feeling, that you have heard it somewhere before …- Not as good as “Shivers”, but an okay track.
7. LIVING A LIE - More uptempo and once again I get this feeling that I have heard it before. This track contains a very weird sounding guitar solo. An OK track … but you have heard it all before.
8. I AM - Yes, again I get this feeling; - I have heard this before … This is in my opinion the weakest track on this album. Nothing to say here …
9. DEATH BY LOVE - What a riff! But I know this song … Don’t I? I’m sure I do!
10. IN DREAMS - This release ends with a great DIO track. But still I get the feeling that I have heard it all before.

In my humble opinion “The Last In Line” is still the best CD from DIO. - If you are into DIO you won’t be disappointed with this album, because “Master Of The Moon" is not a weak release, but I’m sure that I’ve heard it all before.