Dio - _Inferno: Last in Live_
(1999, 1998)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
I can't help but like this guy. Fans of Henry Rollins' spoken word albums will remember Hank's diatribe on Dio. "Black, black, LOOKOUT", exclaims Mr. Rollins regarding Dio's favorite sayings. Henry continues: "You know that the guy has been hammered -flat- by chicks 'cause he is like this little, evil gnome... There is one, usually three, "evil woman, LOOKOUT" songs." That whole Rollins bit cracks me up, but enough of that. This double live disc pretty much could be summarized as a quintessential rock 'n' roll or metal album, depending on your point of reference. Dio has released a very well balanced package here. A couple of Black Sabbath pieces are present, "Heaven and Hell" and "The Mob Rules", right along side my two favorite new tunes from _Angry Machines_, "Double Monday" and the incomparable "Hunter of the Heart" (the latter, arguably one of Dio's finest). Of course the ol' standbys are here: "The Last in Line," "Rainbow in the Dark" and "We Rock". _Inferno_ showcases some impeccable guitar work by Tracy G. and demonstrates a near perfect recording and a very well laid out live disc. I will now take my leave because "... the exit is that way; evil lurks. Evil lurks in twilight; dances in the dark." If you are a Dio supporter or contemplating your first Dio purchase, give _Inferno: Last in Live_ a shot. There's a little something here for everybody.

(article published 16/1/1999)

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