Holy Diver (studio album) by Dio

Holy Diver
Holy Diver by Dio
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 1,284th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 271 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1983 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (201st)
Award Best albums of all time (1,284th)
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Dio - Holy Diver Korea Vinyl LP 1984 Insert BLACK SABBATH RARE
Condition: Used
Time left: 34m 42s
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Dio Holy Diver 1983 Custom 24k Gold Vinyl Record in Wall Hanging Frame
Condition: New
Time left: 4h 49m 1s
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DIO • Holy Diver CD 1983 Warner Bros Records, 1987 •• NEW ••
Condition: Brand New
Time left: 7h 16m 8s
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.1/100, a mean average of 75.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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From 09/18/2020 03:08
In the top 3 of all he's done. By far the best of his solo albums. On par with the mighty 'Rainbow Rising'. Only surpassed by the ultimate 'Heaven & Hell'. A trifecta like that makes him one of the greatest vocalists ever.
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From 07/01/2020 15:25
The best work of the greatest Heavy Metal singer of all time. Dio established the sound of Hard Rock of the 80´s.

Highlights: Shame On The Night, Caught in The Middle, Holy Diver and Rainbow In The Dark.
The not so good one: Invisible.
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From 10/06/2018 15:11
An excellent metal album which I have gotten into more with repeated listens. 'Holy Diver' and 'Don't Talk to Strangers' are awesome metal tracks, in fact the latter is one of my all time favourite metal tracks. A very underrated metal classic.
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From 04/21/2018 11:27
After the amazing work from Dio with Rainbow and Sabbath, this falls flat for me. Rainbow In The Dark and the title track are OK.
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From 04/09/2018 13:03
Decent album. Would be a good music to do something along with it, like video games or chores around the house. I will probably never just sit down and actually LISTEN to it again. Just good background music.
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From 03/12/2018 09:26
Acabado su periplo con el señor Blackmore y ya fuera de Black Sabbath, a Dio le tocaba afrontar con coraje su nueva aventura en forma de disco en solitario. Apoyado por el ex Sabbath Vinny Appice en la batería, el ex Rainbow Jimmy Bain en el bajo y Vivian Campbell como guitarrista, Dio se desmelenó definitivamente facturando un disco que ha quedado en el imaginario colectivo como una auténtica obra maestra del género. Hay muy pocos que canten tan bien como Dio y hayan hecho tanto por el Metal como hizo este hombre en los 80, tanto con Black Sabbath sustituyendo a Ozzy y creando un cisma revolucionario en cuanto al sonido de la mítica banda como en su carrera en solitario. Puede ser que los acompañantes no tengan un nombre tan legendario como sus antiguos compañeros de banda, pero sin duda 'Holy diver' es una de las armas más destructivas del Heavy clásico.
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From 01/20/2017 15:33
Dio's first solo album was his best solo album. Hated to see him leave Sabbath, but this is a nice consolation prize. Bona fide classics with the title cut, Caught in the Middle, and Rainbow in the Dark.
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From 09/23/2016 00:30
step 1: win a huge hand at the poker table without looking at your cards.

step 2: stand up and tell everyone to "suck it."

step 3: face the bar and yell "woooo!" while making a motion that presumably instructs everyone and no one in particular to "suck it."

step 4: cash out b4 the next hand is dealt.

step 5: play "holy diver" on the jukebox for the millionth time.

step 6: leave the bar b4 the riff even kicks in while waving to the other poker players with their money still in your hand.

that's the insult and injury, the double whammy, the "holy diver hit and run." nobody likes it. some will hate you more for winning, some for leaving, but most will hate you for playing holy diver.
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From 07/30/2016 02:12
solid metal album that I was forced to listen to in college as my roommate only had 20 albums and they were all metal. You can still jam out to this album today
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From 06/22/2016 19:09
A Great album from beginning to end from what I've heard from Dio so far I've not been disappointed although this is the only solo project I've heard the rest being Rainbow and Sabbath albums.
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