Un­til Death Do We Meet Again FRONTIERS Ex-Dio alum­nus keeps the Ron­nie James dream alive

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - DOM LAWSON

Gui­tarist Craig Goldy fa­mously played on Dio’s clas­sic 1987 al­bum Dream Evil and was work­ing with Ron­nie on a se­quel to 2000’s Mag­ica when the leg­endary singer passed away in 2010. As a re­sult, Craig openly cites Dream Child as a trib­ute to his men­tor. The most star­tling thing about Un­til Death Do We Meet Again is how bril­liantly it cap­tures the feel of the Rain­bow and Dio records that pro­vide its mu­si­cal vo­cab­u­lary. Mean­while, Ar­gen­tinian vo­cal­ist Diego Valdez sounds eerily like RJD him­self, al­beit with enough of his own per­son­al­ity to side­step a des­cent into trib­ute act fro­mage. Best of all, the songs are uni­formly fan­tas­tic. From fiery opener Un­der The Wire and brood­ing, bluesy sin­gle You Can’t Take Me Down to clos­ing epic One Step Be­yond The Grave, Dream Child is sim­ply the best al­bum Dio never made. FOR FANS OF: DIO, RAIN­BOW, BLACK SAB­BATH

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