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Dio’s Sacred Heart is an improvement over The Last in Line in terms of overall album cohesiveness though it does lack as strong standout tracks. Sacred Heart is played in the same manor as Dio’s first two releases containing the more traditional/classic metal vibe, with the occasional more speed metal oriented songs. The reason why I said Sacred Heart is an improvement over the Last in Line is because it’s based more on the album as a whole then the individual songs. Filler is less prevalent but the standouts suffer because of this they are weaker than on Holy Diver and The Last in Line.
The band’s performance is top notch, especially Vivian Campbell’s (this being Vivians last album with Dio). Filler is present but every Dio album has at least some filler present. Keyboard usage is even more prevalent than on previous outings. The choruses are weaker too, and it seems that Ronnie wanted a much more guitar-oriented feel to Sacred Heart and it worked. Sacred Heart could have used a change of style or some new elements added which would have increased the entertainment value of this album. Finally the production is well done as usual, though it would have been nice to hear one of Dio’s semi ballads on Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart while nothing special is certainly a solid album with some very memorable parts to it. Almost forgot about the lyrical approach is the usual fantasy oriented trademark Dio lyrics with a usage of metaphors. The best songs are King of Rock and Roll, Sacred Heart, Rock ‘N’ Roll Children, and Just Another Day, Hungry For Heaven is also a standout because it has the best chorus of the album. I recommend this album to fans of Dio and traditional metal only.
-6 Some filler is present
-8 Standouts are weaker than usual for Dio
-3 No new elements are added to the album