Posts Tagged ‘Ancient Egypt’

dioI’m surprised to this point in the game that I never reviewed a album that was recorded by the late and legendary Ronnie James Dio. So, I thought since I have to do the first album of the week review for 2014, I figured I would choose my favorite album from Dio’s solo career in The Last In Line. The Last In Line is an album that I feel doesn’t receive as much recognition as Holy Diver, but is absolutely amazing in its own right. It was the second album from Ronnie’s post Sabbath solo gig  and it was the first album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell as well as the second album to feature Vivian Campbell (Guitar), Jimmy Bain (Bass), and Vinny Appice (Drums). The album was produced by Ronnie himself and it was recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Colorado. The album was certified Platinum in 1987 and it was certified Silver in the UK in 1986. 

dio 2The album starts off with a bang with the iconic We Rock which was a set closer for Dio for many years after it’s release. The song features some pretty heavy lyrics in, “We pray to someone, but when it’s said and done It’s really all the same with just a different name.” Think about those lyrics and they used to say all metal heads were dumb. The title track is one of the most iconic songs with it’s slow beautiful start before Dio screams to usher the band into heavy metal ecstasy. Breathless is the next track on the record and it starts with some heavy breathing before Vivian Campbell starts the track with a blazing riff. I Speed At Night is the next track and the track suits the name of the song as it’s a 100% certified facemelter. One Night In The City is a real groovin track that sort of mixes all the elements of past Dio projects and it kicks ass. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. Evil Eyes sound like something that Sabbath would have recorded with Ronnie which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not one of my favs on the album.

dio 3The next track on the record Mystery charted lower than the tracks that followed even though it’s amazing and its in the same groove as Rainbow In The Dark. Ronnie’s amazing vocal style fits the melody of the track so perfectly as well. Eat Your Heart Out follows Mystery and even though it’s not a favorite of mine, Ronnie was an amazing lyricist because the lyrics are amazing. Egypt (The Chains Are On) is an epic closer that is just amazing. Nobody knew how to close albums out like Ronnie did and this is living proof of it. The guitar solo is amazing and the way the song is composed was masterful. Much like Metallica’s Creeping Death, I believe we had another song that dealt with Ancient Egypt and the sacrifice of so many Jews who had lost their lives building the pyramids. The album again in my opinion is one of the best that Ronnie had made besides the obvious Holy Diver. I am going to give it four stars out of five for a final grade. Long Live Ronnie James Dio!!!!

the mummyIt’s the second year of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween and so to kick it off I looked to a classic monster movie from Universal Studios called The Mummy. You can’t get any better than the classic Universal monster movies and this is one of Boris Karloff’s finest. He stars as the ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep who was buried alive for trying to resurrect his dead girlfriend Ankh-es-en-amon. Now, we travel back to the present time in the film which is 1921 and Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) and his team have just made a remarkable discovery which is the body of Imhotep. The only problem is that they didn’t listen to their friend Dr. Muller (Edward Van Sloan) who told them not to open a box that came with Imhotep. Whemple’s overly anxious assistant goes ahead, opens the box, and he awakens Imhotep. We fast forward ten years to 1932 and Imhotep is now known as Ardath Bey and he is looking to resurrect his long lost love, but can Dr. Muller and Whemple’s son Frank (David Manners) stop him before he takes the beautiful Helen (Zita Johann)?

mummyJust think about this for a second, The Mummy is now 81 years old and it’s still a remarkable film to watch even today. You cannot beat the classic horror of the early days, but I will admit something to all of you. I can see why these early classic horror films were marketed to kids back in the 1930’s and so on because they’re not terrifying in the sense of a serial killer going after victims or the boogeyman.  I do imagine that some of them were scary to kids back in the 1930’s so I can appreciate horror of this caliber. There were some flaws in the film that I noticed like at times it seemed like they were waiting for the director to call cut because it seems that they are awkwardly standing there. Boris Karloff is masterful in his role as Imhotep as he was carving his own way like Bela Lugosi was for Dracula or even Lon Chaney Jr as The Wolfman. Plus, he showed all of us that he could play something else other than The Monster from Frankenstein. I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.