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On this day in music history: May 25, 1983 - “Holy Diver”, the debut album by Dio is released. Produced by Ronnie James Dio, it is recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA in Early 1983. The first album for the former Black Sabbath and Rainbow lead singer follows a central theme of the clash between good and evil forces. The album spins off two singles including “Rainbow In The Dark” (#14 Mainstream Rock) and the title track (#40 Mainstream Rock). Well received upon its release, in time it is regarded as Dio’s best album and one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. The albums cover artwork features a painting of a devil slaying a cleric, featuring the first appearance of the bands mascot “Murray” who is featured on several other albums by the band. “Holy Diver” peaks at number fifty six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Deep Purple - Under The Gun (1984)