Second full-length studio album by legendary Heavy Metal singer and his band.
Dio shows his devil's horns to the universe once again with his second album. His unique sounding vocals dominating each and every song. There are a lot of similarities to "Holy Diver", but there are some subtle differences, too. The end result is almost equally as impressive though, and "The Last In Line" stands as one of the highlights of Dio's career.
When Dio's debut album "Holy Diver" landed on the shelves of music stores, people were absolutely blown away by it. The guitar harmonies, Ronnie James Dio's pitch-perfect tenor, and amazingly well done song compositions were all unbelievably good and stand tall even till this day. The first thing when listening to this release was the fact that the songs are much faster. The opener "We Rock" is one of the best openers you ever heard. It just takes hold of you and rocks the hell out of you. The riffs by Vivian Campbell are very well done again, this time taking on more of an 80's Metal approach than the Rock influenced guitar riffs we heard on "Holy Diver". His guitar work really shows his abilities to draw you in to his leads and solos. The drumming is more dynamic, however, the bass doesn't seem as prominent, which is unfortunate. As if there was any doubt, Dio's vocals are amazing as always. He sings with a lot of emotion and instantly makes every song have a memorable chorus, which is always important for this type of Metal. Keyboardist Claude Schnell brings a different, if somewhat dated, synth to several tracks. The production, considering the time and the technology available, is excellent. You can hear all the instruments perfectly at all times.
This is an album of classic Metal greatness, well worthy of the attention of any fan of Speed, Power, Progressive or traditional Metal. It's highly recommend!!
It was certified Gold (500000 units sold) by the RIAA on September 12, 1984, and was the first Dio album to be certified Platinum, achieving the feat on February 3, 1987.
In the UK, it attained Silver certification (60000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1986, at the same time as “Holy Diver”.
Vertigo/Phonogram, 1984 (822 366-2). Made in Germany.
1.We Rock 04:33
2.The Last In Line 05:40
4.I Speed At Night 03:22
5.One Night In The City 05:14
6.Evil Eyes 03:38
8.Eat Your Heart Out 03:49
9.Egypt (The Chains Are On) 06:57
Total playing time: 41:02