BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/31/18
On March 21, 2000, legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio embarked on his sixth decade in music with the release of his band’s eighth studio album, Magica, a concept album. Magica marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also had performed on Dio’s 1987 Dream Evil album and the later release Master of the Moon in ’04. The album also features Jimmy Bain on bass and Simon Wright (also of AC/DC) on drums. Ronnie produced the record, which was originally planned to be the first part in a trilogy of concept albums, and shortly before beginning his tour with Heaven & Hell, Dio announced his intention to start the Magica II & III album after the tour’s end, but sadly as we all know he passed away from stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 before that ever came to fruition. So far only one song titled Electra has been released from Magica II & III and that was on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 in 2012, and on the deluxe edition of Magica in 2013.
“Fever Dreams” is the fourth track and first single from the Dio concept album Magica released in March of 2000.
When asked about the concept of the album Dio said: Magica is the saga of Blessing, a netherworld invaded by dark forces that vaporize people into pure, evil energy. The planet’s saviors are master and apprentice heroes Eriel and Challis, who must recite a spell from the sacred book of Magica to defeat their foe, Shadowcast. The album is written from the villain’s viewpoint. “I took on the evil perspective because I’ve always written from the anti-perspective. Most people don’t think in those terms so you are freer to create. I left the ending ambivalent because evil always exists, good doesn’t always triumph and that’s the universal balance.”
“Feed My Head” is the sixth song on Magica, the underrated Dio masterpiece Magica, a concept album that came out on March 21 in 2000.
Even though the story is told within the songs, the album closes with “The Magica Story”, an eighteen-plus minute narrative courtesy of Dio himself, that both exposes the complexity of the story and adds a little more to the over-the-top nature of the album as a whole.
THAT is how you do a concept album! No lengthy interludes between the cuts ruining the flow of the album. You have a choice you can just listen to a headbanging album and skip the last track or you can put on headphones and get lost in the spoken word story with one monster of a soundtrack. This is an essential addition to your Dio discography! Magica as one of the finest recordings of Ronnie’s long and distinguished career, so please by all accounts check it out. Especially the deluxe 2-disc version of Magica that was released in June of 2013.