Dio - Magica (Deluxe Edition)

by Kevin Wierzbicki

Some feel that Dio got a little off track with this (originally released in 2000) ambitious concept album about aliens and magicians and the battle between good and evil, and relatively poor sales caused it to go out of print years ago. But hardcore fans have kept the legacy of Magica alive by circulating bootleg copies and now they can finally once again own the real deal along with a nice batch of bonus material.

The beginning of the album is the trippiest as it leads off with a sort of "does not compute" spiel from a robotic voice, a showcase for guitarist Craig Goldy in the brief instrumental "Magica Theme" and the lurching prog-rock of "Lord of the Last Day."

By the album's fourth cut though Dio heads into more familiar (and commercial) territory as he brazenly recycles the riff from "Man on the Silver Mountain" for "Fever Dreams." Mid-album gem "Challis" recycles a riff too; a lift of Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" propels the powerful, made-for-radio rocker that's filled with fun, evil-lite lyrics like "I might marry the devil's daughter!"

"As Long as It's Not About Love" is the album's quiet number and "Losing My Insanity" begins as traditional English folk music but quickly morphs into classic Dio as Goldy's guitar and Ronnie's vocals kick in; the jazz-tinged metal of "Otherworld" essentially ends the album although it is followed by reprisals of "Magica Theme" and "Lord of the Last Day."

The included CD booklet has an explanation of the Magica story but this deluxe edition's second disc also includes a nice touch, Dio's reading aloud of the "Magica Story." Musically the bonus disc features "Annica," previously available only as a Japanese import, "Electra," a cut that was supposed to be on the never-completed double disc effort Magica 2 & 3 and five live "official bootleg" versions of songs from the original album.

Dio - Magica (Deluxe Edition)

Share this article

More articles for this artist .



News Reports
Day in Rock:
Avenged Sevenfold Announce Virtual Reality Event- Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Unplugging For Christmas Show- Desert Trip Wasn't Great For Pete Townshend- Phil Collins- more

Van Halen and Michael Anthony Speak For First Time In A Decade- Dead Or Alive Frontman Pete Burns Dead At 57- Twenty One Pilots Concert Cut Short By Bomb Threat- more

Finch Break Up, Members' New Group Release First Song- All-Star Beatles' Revolver Tribute Revealed By Howard Stern- Avenged Sevenfold Two-Disc Compilation Album Announced- more

Day in Pop:
Metallica Release Acoustic 'Enter Sandman' Video- Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleges Murder For Hire Plot- Guns N' Roses Stars At NFL Game- Taylor Swift Felt 'Violated'- more

Corey Taylor Was Forbidden From Joining Anthrax- Charlie Puth Cancels 'Don't Talk' Tour Due To Extreme Illness- Justin Bieber Walks Off Stage During UK Concert- more

Dave Grohl Got Jane's Addiction Their Rock Hall Nomination- Bon Jovi Play New Album On Broadway- Black Metal Band Crash Couple's Engagement Photo Shoot- more



The Survival Code - Broken Strings

Grandpa Death Experience - The Unforgiving Shoe of the Future

Rocktober Reads: Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll

Rocktober Reads: Duff McKagan's It's So Easy (And Other Lies)

Sites and Sounds: Jazz Fest Edition

Rocktober Reads: Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

Rocktober Reads: 'To Live Is To Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton

Rocktober Reads: Ozzy Osbourne's I Am Ozzy

TBT: The Replacements - Don't You Know Who I Think I Was

The Begowatts - Photoelectric

Thy Catafalque - Sgurr

Road Trip: Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

TBT Interview: Whitesnake's David Coverdale

Almanac Mountain - Cryptoseismology

Six Feet Under - Graveyard IV The Number of the Priest

Sites and Sounds: Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival

Dio - Holy Diver

Rock Reads: Dynamic Song Performance: The Singers Bible

Iron Savior - Titancraft

Root 66: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Burden Bearer

Suidakra - Realms of Odoric more

Rock News Stories
Avenged Sevenfold Announce Virtual Reality Event

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Unplugging For Christmas Show

Desert Trip Wasn't Great For The Who's Pete Townshend

Phil Collins Putting Together Special Show For Comeback Tour

Bob Dylan Slammed By Nobel Prize Committee Member

Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Doomed' Video From Orchestra Concert

Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix Rarities For Record Store Day

Prince's Paisley Park To Become A Permanent Museum

Art Of Anarchy Supergroup Healthy For Scott Stapp Says Bumblefoot

ZZ Top Announce 2017 Tonnage Tour

Iron Maiden Classics Get Lullaby Makeover

Rush Superfan Featured In Documentary Preview

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Appears On Hell's Kitchen TV Series

Rick Wakeman Soundtracked Phantom Of The Opera Coming

Boy George, Pet Shop Boys Tribute Dead or Alive's Pete Burns

Ghost Nameless Ghoul See Music Biz Coming Full Circle

Korn Singer Explains 'The Serenity Of Suffering' Title

Singled Out: Scott Sorry's Broken Hearts and 45s


B-Side Stories
Metallica Release Acoustic 'Enter Sandman' Video

Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleges Murder For Hire Plot

Guns N' Roses Star Performs Nation Anthem At NFL Game

Taylor Swift Felt 'Violated' By Alleged Groping

Drake Reacts to Alleged Kid Cudi Diss

1960s Teen Idol Bobby Vee Dead at 73

Big Name Stars Join Garth Brooks For Nashville Celebration

Toni Braxton Wearing Heart Monitor On Stage

Cole Swindell Releases 'You've Got My Number' Video

Gucci Mane Reveals He Has Big Plans For 2017

Young Jeezy Releases New Track 'Bout That' Featuring Lil Wayne

Rihanna, Missy Elliott Use Social Media To Find Missing Dancer


Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.