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The 2023 eBook by Martin Popoff

Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart and Dream Evil these are the crown jewels Ronnie James Dio’s catalogue with his namesake Dio band, and most of those—if not all—deserve heavy metal shoulder-to-shoulder status against the man’s other top-flight an’ mighty works, namely Rainbow’s Rising record and Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell.

Such is the mission of this book, namely to celebrate these monster sledges of traditional America-styled power metal, and indeed make the argument that the band’s last from the 1980s, Dream Evil, is long overdue for a reassessment.

In that spirit, Martin Popoff offers his celebrated and time-honoured track-by-track trawl through this catalogue of immense importance (covering music, lyrics, production, cover arts and subsequent tour cycles), with extensive interview footage from members of the band all along the way, including two who are no longer with us, bassist Jimmy Bain and the beloved icon himself, Ronald James Padavona.

Please note that there is a second volume that completes the Dio band story. It is also available here as an eBook and it is called Killing the Dragon: Dio in the ‘90s and 2000s.

Learn more about Martin Popoff at http://www.martinpopoff.com

This eBook is presented here as a full high-resolution PDF to maintain the layout of the original book, and provide images at the highest quality.

eBook File Size - PDF Format - 158 MB (246 pages)

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