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. It was produced by Ronnie James Dio.


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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 info[edit]Edit

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 listing[edit]Edit

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 songs written and composed by Ronnie James Dio and Craig Goldy except where noted. 

No. Title Music Length
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 Wright 4:25
8. "I Am"   5:00
9. "Death by Love"   Dio, Goldy, Chuck Garric, Wright 4:21
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[3] 16
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 35
German Albums Chart[5] 62
2005 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[6] 259


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