11 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the departure of Craig Goldy, Ronnie James Dio recruited 17-year-old guitarist Rowan Robertson and Swedish keyboard virtuoso Jens Johansson. Though drummer Vinny Appice helped write much of Lock Up the Wolves, he felt alienated from the newer and younger band members and was replaced for the recording by AC/DC’s former drummer Simon Wright. More than anyone else, Appice’s pulverizing force had been responsible for the sound of Dio’s '80s albums, but there’s no question that the younger players gave Lock Up the Wolves a renewed drive. In addition to the whiplash attitude of “Wild One” and “Walk on Water,” the album brought out Dio’s bluesy side. “Evil on Queen Street” and “Between Two Hearts” echo the groaning doom metal of Dio’s work with Black Sabbath. Even the faster songs like “Night Music” anticipate the writhing, detuned blues-metal that would flourish in the '90s. The title song is one of Dio’s most ambitious and innovative recordings. Built on negative space and tense, lurching grooves, “Lock Up the Wolves” is a vision of metal much darker and scarier than what the old guard could imagine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the departure of Craig Goldy, Ronnie James Dio recruited 17-year-old guitarist Rowan Robertson and Swedish keyboard virtuoso Jens Johansson. Though drummer Vinny Appice helped write much of Lock Up the Wolves, he felt alienated from the newer and younger band members and was replaced for the recording by AC/DC’s former drummer Simon Wright. More than anyone else, Appice’s pulverizing force had been responsible for the sound of Dio’s '80s albums, but there’s no question that the younger players gave Lock Up the Wolves a renewed drive. In addition to the whiplash attitude of “Wild One” and “Walk on Water,” the album brought out Dio’s bluesy side. “Evil on Queen Street” and “Between Two Hearts” echo the groaning doom metal of Dio’s work with Black Sabbath. Even the faster songs like “Night Music” anticipate the writhing, detuned blues-metal that would flourish in the '90s. The title song is one of Dio’s most ambitious and innovative recordings. Built on negative space and tense, lurching grooves, “Lock Up the Wolves” is a vision of metal much darker and scarier than what the old guard could imagine.

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