Nope, this is not the debut solo album from our favourite metal singer, the late Ronald Padavona aka Ronnie James Dio and this is not some unreleased material that his record company dug up to milk the last juices out of Ronnie’s career. No, this is a tribute album to Ronnie. “How unusual, a tribute album”, you probably think now and rightfully so. Yes, everybody and their mother has a tribute album and in later years the whole reason for releasing tribute albums seems to be for musicians that aren’t hot anymore to make a fast buck. Nothing wrong with a band like Mr Big at all – quite the contrary, Mr Big are and has always been a brilliant band, but it’s not like they have changed the face of music history. And still there is a tribute album for them. Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard… C’mon already. But this is a whole other situation, in my opinion. This is out to pay tribute to a legend that left us too early. Ronnie James Dio wasn’t done yet, not by a long shot. So that a tribute to Dio is in order isn’t even under discussion – of course, there should be a tribute to him, everything else is be sacrilege. But – and this is really important – when a tribute to an important legend such as Ronnie James Dio is made, then it is of extremely importance that it is done right and in the best possible way, something like this isn’t to be taken lightly. So have they managed to do justice to Ronnie’s originals? On most songs, yes, even though nothing on this album is as good as the originals, of course. Many of them are really great to hear, but on some, not so much.