| September 7, 2004|
Ronnie James Dio
Heavy metal, Doom metal
30 August 2004
| Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.|
Evil or Divine - Live in New York City
Dio albums, Heavy metal albums
Master of the Moon is the tenth and final studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. The album was released on September 7, 2004 in America through Sanctuary Records and August 30, 2004 in Europe through SPV Records. It was produced by Ronnie James Dio.
Master of the Moon marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also performed on Dio's Dream Evil (1987) and Magica (2000). It also features Jeff Pilson on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards.
One song, "Death by Love", was partly written by former Magica touring bassist Chuck Garric. There are no writing credits provided in the album's liner notes.
On the supporting tour for this album Dio went on the road with Fireball Ministry and Anthrax opening. As usual, he reached into his catalogue and played songs from various stages of his career, including Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs.
Due to other commitments, Pilson was unable to tour the album and Rudy Sarzo took over the bass guitar duties.
The bonus track "The Prisoner of Paradise" is on the Japanese pressing of the album. The song would later be featured on the compilation The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2.
All tracks written by Ronnie James Dio and Craig Goldy except where noted.Dio
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Craig Goldy – guitar, keyboards
Jeff Pilson – bass
Simon Wright – drums
Scott Warren – keyboards
Recorded at Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.
Produced by Ronnie James Dio
Engineered by Wyn Davis
Brian Daughterty, Michael McMullen - assistant engineers
Eddy Schreyer - mastering
Cover illustration by Marc Sasso
1One More for the Road3:17Master of the Moon Wikipedia
2Master of the Moon
3The End of the World4:39