Master of the Moon

Master of the Moon is the tenth and final studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. The album was released on September 7, 2004 in America through Sanctuary Records and August 30, 2004 in Europe through SPV Records.[3] It was produced by Ronnie James Dio.

Master of the Moon
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 2004
RecordedTotal Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.
GenreDoom metal, heavy metal
LabelSanctuary (North America)
SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
Victor (Japan)
ProducerRonnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Killing the Dragon
Master of the Moon
Evil or Divine - Live in New York City
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]


Master of the Moon marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also performed on Dio's Dream Evil (1987) and Magica (2000). It also features Jeff Pilson on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards.

Song infoEdit

One song, "Death by Love", was partly written by former Magica touring bassist Chuck Garric. There are no writing credits provided in the album's liner notes.


On the supporting tour for this album Dio went on the road with Fireball Ministry and Anthrax opening. As usual, he reached into his catalogue and played songs from various stages of his career, including Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs.

Due to other commitments, Pilson was unable to tour the album and Rudy Sarzo took over the bass guitar duties.

Track listingEdit

The bonus track "The Prisoner of Paradise" is on the Japanese pressing of the album. The song would later be featured on the compilation The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2.

All tracks are written by Ronnie James Dio and Craig Goldy except where noted.

1."One More for the Road" 3:18
2."Master of the Moon" 4:19
3."The End of the World" 4:39
4."Shivers" 4:15
5."The Man Who Would Be King" 4:58
6."The Eyes" 6:27
7."Living the Lie"Dio, Goldy, Simon Wright4:25
8."I Am" 5:00
9."Death by Love"Dio, Goldy, Chuck Garric, Wright4:21
10."In Dreams" 4:26
11."The Prisoner of Paradise" (Japanese edition bonus track) 4:01




Year Chart Position
2004 U.S.Top Independent Albums[citation needed] 7
Finnish Albums Chart[4] 16
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 35
German Albums Chart[6] 62
2005 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[7] 259


  1. ^ Monger, James. "Master of the Moon - Dio". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. ^ Daley, Tony. "Master of the Moon - Dio". Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  3. ^ "DIO's 'Moon' Set To Rise A Week Later". August 18, 2004. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dio – Master of the Moon (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  5. ^ "Dio – Master of the Moon (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  6. ^ "Album – DIO, Master of the Moon". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  7. ^ ロニー・ジェームス・ディオのアルバム (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-10-28.

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