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* ''Dio at Domino's'' (1963)

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* RevolvingDoorBand: His band underwent significant turnover through the years, with Dio himself being the only constant member. ''The Last in Line'' and ''Sacred Heart'' were the only two conseccutive albums by them that had the same lineup.


* SongOfSongTitles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath as well.

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* SongOfSongTitles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath as well. The song name-drops "Fallen Off the Edge of the World", "Heaven and Hell", "Stargazer", and "Invisible".


* SelfBackingVocalist: Would make extensive use of this, as with a few exceptions virtually all of the backing vocals on his albums are done by him. This also applies to his work with Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath, along with the [[Music/TheDevilYouKnow]] album with Heaven and Hell.

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* SelfBackingVocalist: Would make extensive use of this, as with a few exceptions virtually all of the backing vocals on his albums are done by him. This also applies to his work with Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath, along with the [[Music/TheDevilYouKnow]] ''Music/TheDevilYouKnow'' album with Heaven and Hell.





* BreatherEpisode: "This Is Your Life", a soft piano ballad on the otherwise very heavy ''Angry Machines'' album.



* NightmareDreams: ''Dream Evil's'' title song and album artwork.

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* NightmareDreams: ''Dream Evil's'' Evil'''s title song and album artwork.


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* SelfBackingVocalist: Would make extensive use of this, as with a few exceptions virtually all of the backing vocals on his albums are done by him. This also applies to his work with Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath, along with the [[Music/TheDevilYouKnow]] album with Heaven and Hell.


* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Strange Highways'' and ''Angry Machines'' have a heavier and more DoomMetal influenced sound than most of his other work, and feature Dio mostly abandoning the fantasy thematics of his other work for focusing on realistic issues like child abuse ("Give Her the Gun"), divorce ("Don't Tell the Kids"), and mental illness ("Institutional Man"). Dio's vocal style is also significantly harsher.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Strange Highways'' and ''Angry Machines'' have a heavier and more DoomMetal influenced sound than most of his other work, and feature Dio mostly abandoning the his usual fantasy thematics of his other work for focusing on realistic issues like child abuse ("Give Her the Gun"), divorce ("Don't Tell the Kids"), and mental illness ("Institutional Man"). Dio's vocal style is also significantly harsher.


* EpicRocking: "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", "All the Fools Sailed Away", "Lock Up the Wolves", "Strange Highways", "Stay Out of My Mind" and "Eriel".

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* EpicRocking: He has several songs 6 minutes or longer in length, including "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", On)" (6:57), "Sacred Heart" (6:27), "All the Fools Sailed Away", Away" (7:10), "Between Two Hearts" (6:30), "Lock Up the Wolves", Wolves" (8:33), "Evil on Queen Street" (6:04), "My Eyes" (6:36), "Strange Highways", Highways" (6:54), "Stay Out of My Mind" (7:11), "Eriel" (7:25), "As Long as It's Not About Love" (6:28), "Rock & Roll" (6:11) and "Eriel"."The Eyes" (6:27).



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly in the 6-7 range, the odd ballad aside (those are usually a bit lower).

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly in the 6-7 range, the odd ballad aside (those are usually a bit lower). A few songs on ''Strange Highways'' and ''Angry Machines'' get up to an 8, such as "Jesus, Mary and the Holy Ghost".

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* TruckDriversGearChange: "Another Lie" begins in G minor and modulates a whole step to A minor for the final verse. "Evil on Queen Street" does this twice, starting in D minor, going up a whole step to E minor in the bridge, and then up another half step to F minor for the final verse.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Strange Highways'' and ''Angry Machines'' have a heavier and more DoomMetal influenced sound than most of his other work, and feature Dio mostly abandoning the fantasy thematics of his other work for focusing on realistic issues like child abuse ("Give Her the Gun"), divorce ("Don't Tell the Kids"), and mental illness ("Institutional Man"). Dio's vocal style is also significantly harsher.


[[caption-width-right:291: Gaze into the eyes of your new god. [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Because even dead gods dream.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:291: Gaze into the eyes of your new god. \\
[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Because even dead gods dream.]]]]


* ''The Devil You Know'' (2009)

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* ''The Devil You Know'' ''Music/TheDevilYouKnow'' (2009)


* HeavyMeta: While known mainly for writing fantasy-themed lyrics, he also wrote quite a few songs about ThePowerOfRock. "Stand Up And Shout" and "Rock And Roll Angel"[[note]]which mixes ThePowerOfRock with HeavyMithril[[/note]], for example. Plus, one of his final songs was called "Metal Will Never Die" and is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about the lasting appeal of the genre.]]

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* HeavyMeta: While known mainly for writing fantasy-themed lyrics, people forget that he also wrote quite a few songs about ThePowerOfRock. "Stand Up And Shout" and "Rock And Roll Angel"[[note]]which mixes ThePowerOfRock with HeavyMithril[[/note]], for example. Plus, one of his final songs song was called "Metal Will Never Die" and is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about the lasting appeal of the genre.]]


* HeavyMithril: Lyrics he wrote often carried fantasy elements such as magic and dragons. He was in a band called Elf, and the music video for ''Holy Diver'' features a sword-wielding Dio running through a spooky castle and fighting medieval dudes.

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* HeavyMeta: While known mainly for writing fantasy-themed lyrics, he also wrote quite a few songs about ThePowerOfRock. "Stand Up And Shout" and "Rock And Roll Angel"[[note]]which mixes ThePowerOfRock with HeavyMithril[[/note]], for example. Plus, one of his final songs was called "Metal Will Never Die" and is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about the lasting appeal of the genre.]]
* HeavyMithril: If not the TropeMaker[[note]]the trope dates as far back as Music/LedZeppelin[[/note]] then certainly the TropeCodifier. Lyrics he wrote often carried fantasy elements such as magic and dragons. He was in a band called Elf, and the music video for ''Holy Diver'' features a sword-wielding Dio running through a spooky castle and fighting medieval dudes.


** Subverted by God Himself, as Dio was 5'4" (1.62m.) That's a lot of ham in a not-so-large frame.

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** Subverted by God Himself, as Dio was 5'4" (1.62m.) 5'3" (159 cm) That's a lot of ham in a not-so-large frame.



* PintSizedPowerhouse : Packed one of the most powerful voices in hard rock / metal history into a 5'4" frame.

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* PintSizedPowerhouse : Packed one of the most powerful voices in hard rock / metal history into a 5'4" 5'3" frame.


* MessianicArchetype: According to the man, "Holy Diver" is about one of these.



* PowerBallad: "All the Fools Sailed Away", "This is Your Life" and "As Long as It's Not About Love".

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* PowerBallad: "All the Fools Sailed Away", "This is Your Life" and "As Long as It's Not About Love". "Don't Talk to Strangers" straddles the line, as it has the soft interwoven with the heavy.

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