Various Artists

Awaken the Demon: Tribute to Dio

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The Dwell label's "tribute" albums are essentially just a way to package a bunch of no-name acts, who may or may not ever record an album of their own, in the hopes of generating a few record sales by invoking the material of a big-name act. Awaken the Demon: A Tribute to Dio is yet another in this vein, with a few bands turning in decent performances, but the vast majority sounding derivative, forced, or lifeless. Regardless of whether you're a fan of the tribute-album concept or not, this isn't the approach that will produce very many musically satisfying results.

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