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Review: Dio - Lock Up the Wolves
Lock Up the Wolves

Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Year released: 1990
Duration: 60:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Lock Up the Wolves

Rated 3.85/5 (76.97%) (33 Votes)

Three years after Dio released one of his best albums in Dream Evil, he unleashes this cooker Lock Up the Wolves, and like most of his works this is a ripping Heavy Metal album. This album was created with a totally revamped lineup, as Dio is the only member that was previously on one of his albums. But that is not the only change here. There is a noticeable blues influence on the disc compared to the rest of his discography with songs like the title track and "Evil on Queen Street". However unlike some other artists he doesn't forget that the metal part is supposed to be the most important thing.

Like I said before, this is a totally revamped band: starting with the guitarist Rowan Robertson. At the time of the album he was only eighteen years old but don't let that fool you, the kid shreds and he is a talented songwriter. Robertson constantly provides meaty riffs and jaw-dropping leads that leave me rotting with envy but it also makes me sad that he only worked on this album. The rhythm session is a pleasant surprise; drummer Simon Wright formerly in AC/DC – his drumming is so much better here than any work in his former band. Terry Cook's bass playing is audible and it does the job appropriately; a clear example of this is the closer "My Eyes". Jens Johansson's keyboards are a presence, but that is not something that you will notice unless you are paying attention. Last but not least is Ronnie James Dio. His voice is as powerful as ever but more importantly he has tons of passion and his delivery is outstanding.

Lock Up the Wolves has songs that can stand at the top to what Dio had done previously. Tracks like "Walk on Water", "Night Music" and "Why they are Watching Me" prove that this is a criminally underrated album and in this reviewer's opinion better than Dream Evil or Sacred Heart. If you love Dio (honestly who doesn't?) you cannot go wrong with this record, it has everything that you look for in his albums, or any metal album for that matter.

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