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  • Audio CD (1 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00000JP67
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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The day was August 12th 2004. The location was the Birmingham Carling Acadamy. The band was Dio. I was at the front of the stage barely two metres away from the man himself. After two solid hours of non-stop classics from almost all of his albums plus the hummbling expearience of touching the hand of God, there was no doubt left in my mind. Ronnie James Dio is the king, the massiah and the ultimate saviour of Heavy Metal Rock n' Roll.
I bought Lock up the Wolves for two main reasons. One was for the title track, truely one of the greatest Dio tracks (Yes that includes any song from Holy Diver and the Last in Line) And the second reason was actually because the cover art is the coolest (The cover art for Angry Machines is second in my poll)
I may have bought the album for my favourite track, but believe me, once you place this classic in your CD player you will hear undoubtedly some of the best songs of Dio's career. I will simply say that the best songs are tracks 1-11. In short, every single one. Each song is a testiment to Dio's genius and offers yet more proof that no one even come close to his style of song writing.
If you buy this album there is no chance of you feeling in any way disappointed with the tracks, it is perfect and sets the pace for his other two must have (and highly under rated) studio albums Strange Highways and the fantastic Angry Machines.
As a true Dio fan I have never heared an album I didn't like but this stands out above the rest as a masterpiece of all things Ronnie James Dio.
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Lock up the wolves for more reasons than one, is definately a high watermark for Dio, despite the ever changing line-ups after the original Dio members began to leave the band one by one after the Last in line world tour, Lock up the wolves finds Dio bringing 18year old guitar wiz Rowan Robertson to the mold, complimentary to Long time ex AC/DC Simon Wright on drums, Teddy Cook on bass and Jens Johanesson on keyboards respectively.

The results are quite simply face-melting stuff, all the songs are well crafted, many of them crammed full of memorable riffs, melodic moments, and screaming solos. Picking a best here is a diifcult task as their all so good in their own way, however personal favourates might be "wild one" "Between two hearts" and the rather creepy "Evil on queen street"

On a technical basis however most obvious is how good and clean how all the bands kit sounds, most noticibly how Rowan's guitar work seems to just glide with the songs, rather than just becoming a loud dominant force, on the downside to some longtime fans Rowan's guitar sound is distinctly much more metal than the albums before it which many could tag as hard rock.
The legend Dio as always gives a stellar, and strong vocal performance throughout.
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Lock Up The Wolves, if i remember rightly, got a lot of mixed reviews, but i'm on like it side,

With some great vocals buy Ronnie James Dio, some stunning guitar work by Rowan Robertson, who was only 18 years old at the the time! a really catchy single Hey Angel, the very BLACK SABBATH feel of Evil On Queen Street, and the really in your face Walk On Water, the only downside about the album is that some of the tracks could have been a little shorter especially the title track, and maybe a couple of fillers also, the reason i give this album "4 Stars not 3" is because there are some fantastic songs on this album which outway the fair songs, and the way Ronnie James Dio sings on this album you knew it was only a matter of time before he rejoined BLACK SABBATH.

For the person who wanted DIO to be a little bit more heavy than it's "4 studio predecessors, this could be it.
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This album marked a change of direction for Dio, with several members who wrote songs on the album - including long time members Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice not taking part on the album.

Ronnie James Dio was a lone hand, and drafted in Rowan Robertson and Teddy Cook, Jens Johannsson, and asked to guest at the time was then AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

Simon decided to join the band during the recording of this album - and was the drummer in the group again up until Ronnie's untimely death.

Lock up the Wolves starts with the speedy rock of Wild One - Wright's drums blazing away proving that he wasn't just a sub-standard substitute for Phil Rudd, with some nice licks from Robertson and a more aggressive vocal technique from Ronnie - the first signs of what was to come during the 90's.

There are the usual trademarks of fantastic lyrics, great melodies and passionate vocals - but the album itself isn't perfect, with fillers such as Night Music, Walk on Water, Why Are They Watching Me, Twisted and My Eyes being slightly below par - but make no mistake, Lock up the Wolves is still a solid album.

There's also the killer songs - the heavy rock of Hey Angel, the obligatory Dio ballad of Between Two Hearts, the terrific blues jam of Evil on Queen Street (Wright and Cook are superb here), the inspired classic Dio sound of Born on the Sun, and of course, there's the title track - an epic 8.30 minute monster(possibly the longest track Dio recorded as a band) - a sprawling track with good keyboards, a powerful vocal from Ronnie, and some deft guitar work from Robertson (I love how he makes the guitars howl on the track - very apt).
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