After the Black Sabbath debacle, RJD has wasted no time in reassembling Dio with his old mate Vinnie Appice. And with the likes of Jeff Pilson and guitarist Tracy G in the works, Strange Highways showcases a line-up more precise and instantly aggressive.
Firehead, Evilution, Hollywood Black, and opener Jesus Mary And The Holy Ghost sees Dio abandoning their brand of epic metal in favour of a more straightforward, grungier, doom-orientated style. No classic anthems though, only the moody title track and the classically tinged Bring Down The Rain come close. Otherwise rainbow free. ★★★★☆