Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the debut album by the band named after one of the most influential singers in metal, Dio and the album, Holy Diver.
Dio formed after Ronnie James Dio and legendary drummer Vinny Appice left Black Sabbath due to disagreements over the mixing of Black Sabbath’s, Live Evil. Ronnie James Dio who was a fan of Sir Walter Scott and science fiction wrote songs that told stories of fantasy. The songs Rainbow in the Dark and Holy Diver included these themes of good vs. evil to raise questions about the deceit in romance and religion.
While the cover art was deemed to be controversial by critics suggesting that it appears to be a devil killing a cleric, Ronnie James Dio clarified that it could be a priest killing a devil and that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Dio’s logo had also been interpreted as spelling the word “die” or “evil” when turned upside down. Dio also said this was coincidental.
The album reached #56 on the 1983 Billboard 200 chart and the track “Holy Diver” reached #40 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart while Rainbow in the Dark charted at #14. The lineup for Holy Diver includes: Ronnie James Dio – vocals, Vivian Campbell – guitar, Jimmy Bain – bass and Vinny Appice – drums.
Ronnie’s death in 2010 has left a void in the metal world , however his voice lives on forever through his music. Vivian Campbell went on to join a number of different bands before settling in Def Leppard in 1992. Jimmy Bain is currently touring with Hollywood Allstarz, which has had members of Lynch Mob and Guiffria and Quiet Riot in the band at different times and Vinny Appice is involved in many projects including his new band Kill Devil Hill.