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dio disciples

It's been over two years since the little man with the big voice departed this world for the Heaven above but his music lives on with the legions of Metal fans worldwide.

Keeping his music alive in the live venues are Dio Disciples featuring three members who were right there in the last line-up of the band, playing on Dio's 2004 release, 'Master Of The Moon', and were due to be in the touring line-up before the last dates were cancelled due to Ronnie's illness.

Having missed out on Dio Disciples last time round I was looking forward to seeing them very much having heard good reports from the previous year.

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Many were in the door at an early time to catch rising London based rockers Monument, who were promoting the release of their debut EP 'Rock The Night'.

Featuring former White Wizzard singer Peter Ellis on vocals, Monument delivered an authentic set of traditional Metal harking back to the glory days of the NWOBHM birth with a real earthy Iron Maiden sound complete with galloping bass lines and a swirling twin lead guitar attack with a modern feel.

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'Fatal Attack', 'Carry On' and 'Midnight Queen' all have a fist in the air approach and Peter Ellis is maturing into a very commanding frontman. Monument will be getting the column space they deserve very soon.

More aggressive were Hostile from the Black Country who sound like Judas Priest overdosed on Pantera which may come as no surprise as KK Downing produced the debut, 'Eve Of Destruction', and the last member of the band to join is Alex Hill, son of Ian Hill from Priest on the bass.

Jay Mills led his band through a brutal set of cranium crashing tunes such as the monstrous 'Fuelled By Hate' and 'Dig Up The Power'. 'Addiction' is a darker slower song in line with Alice In Chains. 'I Don't Give A Fuck' is lyrically a little nu-Metal for me but Hostile showed angry and hungry promise. Fucking Hostile indeed.

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With a 'Killing The Dragon' backdrop Dio Disciples exploded into 'Stand Up And Shout' with Craig Goldy cranking out the razor sharp riff and Simon Wright hitting the drums like the sound of bullets ricocheting off Metal.

Tim Owens has the difficult shoes to fill on the vocals and does a grand and enthusiastic job all night and is no stranger to singing the songs of Metal Gods, having ripped it up with Judas Priest and Iced Earth previously.

Tonight Owens was wearing a tight black leather jacket and baseball cap and if he wore some baggy trousers he could have been a doppelganger for Fred Durst of Limp Bizit.

The use of a second singer works very well, surprisingly, with Fastway/Little Angels singer Toby Jepson who came on for 'Egypt (The Chains Are On)'.

For most of the night Jepson sang the more mellow and dramatic introductions before the sound got beefed up with Tim Owens roaring in. They worked majestically together on the epics 'Stargazer' and 'Heaven And Hell', which ironically were not played in their entirety without the interruption of a drum solo when performed live by Dio.

The use of the two singers is an inspired move and reminds me a lot of watching 3 Inches Of Blood at the top of their game.

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Keyboardist Scott Warren's parts are kept to a minimum but are still a very important and intriguing sound of Dio. There are many who stay at home and dispute the reasons behind Dio Disciples but the band find themselves in the very same boat as the guys from Thin Lizzy. Full of timeless classics that need to be heard for many generations to come.

This was a fine celebration and tribute to the legacy of the music of Dio. Ronnie James Dio would've been proud of his Rock 'N Roll Children.

Click here for our video interview with Monument

And here's Mark's interview with Dio Disciple's drummer Simon Wright...

Set Lists:

Fatal Attack
Blood Red Sky
Carry On
Midnight Queen
Rock The Night

Fuelled By Hate
Brutal Images
Dig Up The Power
I Don't Give A Fuck

Stand Up And Shout
Holy Diver
Don't Talk To Strangers
Egypt (The Chains Are On)
Children Of The Sea
Kill The King

Magica Theme
Lord Of The Flies
All The Fools Sailed Away
Neon Knights
Catch The Rainbow
The Mob Rules
The Last In Line
Long Live Rock 'N Roll
Man On A Silver Mountain
Heaven And Hell

Rainbow In The Dark We Rock




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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