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Holy Diver (album) by Dio

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Holy Diver
Holy Diver by Dio (1983)
Overall rank: 1,036th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 244 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1983 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (159th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,036th)

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Holy Diver is ranked as the best album by Dio.

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76/100 (from 244 votes)
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80/100
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 Goliath
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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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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90/100
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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75/100
From Fischman
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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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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75/100
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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80/100
One of the few truly great hair metal albums!
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Best Track: Rainbow in the Dark
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"Lo hace único su voz y melodía". Con unos solos autenticamente geniales. Es más un cancionero que un álbum en si mismo, y cuando lo escuches te quedarás con dos temas principales que pasan a la historia: Holy Diver & Rainbow In The Dark. Me gusta el sonido que coje el álbum, muy 'hard rock clásico' que trata de innovar en el por entonces novedoso heavy metal.

El álbum pasa a la historia como un gran álbum del hard rock y de los origenes del heavy metal. Pero esos dos temas antes mencionados pasan como a la historia como dos de los mejores temas del hard rock de siempre.
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