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Angry Machines

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Institutional Man
Don't Tell the Kids
Hunter of the Heart
Stay Out of My Mind
Big Sister
Double Monday
Golden Rules
Dying in America
This Is Your Life
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 45:28

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A bit different for Dio


When I heard this Cd I was extremely happy. I was thrilled to hear Ronnie experimenting with new styles. It has a more 90's rock (Grunge??) feel to it and I think it works. Dio also uses a lot less of his typical imagery in his lyrics which I find refreshing too. I think this disc is one that fans either love or hate. I happen to love it. Tunes like "Institutional Man", "Black", and "Stay Out Of My Mind" were instant favorites of mine. To close the disc is a beautiful ballad, "This is Your Life". Again, Dio stretching his boundaries - and for me - that's just fine!

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different, but enjoyable


Angry Machines is Dio's second mid'90s cd with industrometal guitarist TracyG, and follows Strange Highways (which I liked even better). Yes there are no more trolls in the lyrics (now commentaries on current social problems) and gone have the '80s licks so well played by Rowan/Campbell on guitar, but this is sort of refreshing. TracyG's uncompromising, dissonating approach to heavy metal soloing provides a change in style which will only last 2 albums. Magica (slightly underwhelming concept CD with an even more underwhelming Craig Goldy on guitar) will prove to be a weak return to trolls & fairies but Dio will score a major return to past class with Killing the Dragon. Try it out!

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NOT the right guitarist


DIO took a MAJOR STEP BACK ON THIS Album with Traci G as the guitarist - Sadly he had a major drop off in his fan base. What happened to Rowan Robertson? He was awesome - young - beyond talented & played AMAZING solos - just what DIO needed! A MAJOR mistake in letting him go or leave. It's like it sent DIO back to the stone ages - he just needs to get back to Medieval times and Rock the Castle again because it's really getting boring around here. Long Live the King of Rock n' Roll!!!!!

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My Review of this album


I'm not floored at the first listening but I've always been appreciative of artists who aren't afraid to break away from the same sound of every preceeding record. You know, those artists whose third and fourth album sounds JUST LIKE the first one. The first album is freakin' awesome but then five years later you're thinking to yourself...okay, let me go and try some new bands because this stuff is getting to be routine. Because usually what happens is the follow up goes back to the original sound but even better. In the words of Cheech, "Yeah, the same but different". Change is good!

They Say All Music Guide

Originally released on Mayhem in 1996, then reissued by Spitfire in 2000, Angry Machines was Dio’s first effort away from Warner/Reprise, and it does find Ronnie James Dio looking for subtle ways to push into new territory. The lyrics mostly avoid Dio’s familiar medieval-fantasy D&D obsessions, instead directing their attention to more real-world concerns (albeit with the same sense of drama). Similarly, there aren’t many of the gothic neo-classicisms present on the band’s best-known output; and while there are a few progressive sections, Angry Machines is more of a straightforward metal record, full of pounding rhythms and guitars along with plenty of wailing by Ronnie James Dio. The main problem is that the band often seems to concentrate on sound more than songwriting — the album sounds good while it’s playing, but not enough of the riffs or melodies stick with the listener afterwards to judge it a complete return to form. Yet there are enough moments here to make it worth the time of Dio diehards. – Steve Huey

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