Classic Rock

Newly mixed ’Holy Diver’ to be reissued in honor of Ronnie James Dio’s 80th birthday

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Rhino/Warner Records

Dio‘s Holy Diver is being reissued in honor of what would’ve been the late Ronnie James Dio‘s 80th birthday.

The set will arrive on July 8, two days before Dio would’ve hit the big 8-0 on July 10. It will come in two editions: the first features a new mix of the original record by engineer and producer Joe Barresi, who’s previously worked with the bands Tool, Queens of the Stone Age and Slipknot; the second, dubbed the “Super Deluxe” edition, consists of the Barresi mix and a remastered version of the original Holy Diver mix, plus various bonus tracks, including live recordings, outtakes and rarities.

For a preview, you can check out the Barresi mix of the Holy Diver title track now via digital outlets.

Holy Diver, Dio’s debut album with his namesake band, was released in 1983 after he left Black Sabbath a year earlier. In addition to spawning the classic title track, the double-Platinum Holy Diver features one of the most metal album covers of all time.

Dio passed away in May 2010 from stomach cancer. He was 67.

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