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Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:35 am

Yesterday on Facebook somebody asked about Christian bands that sound similar to Dio. To me, not too many of the suggestions sounded much like RJD. Now he was looking for "something along the lines of", and not "exactly like", because there is no one out there that I've heard that sounds "exactly like" Dio, in the Christian world. Somebody posted a band I've never heard of called Emerald that was pretty good and definitely had some Dio influence. Now obviously my opinion is biased here, but I think our singer in Four Star Revival has some pretty heavy Dio influence, especially in a lot of his phrasing. Once again, not "exactly like", but you can definitely hear the influence. I grew up in that era and saw RJD live quite a few times, so this is the type of music that I love. I will post a few Four Star Revival songs here and please let me know how much Dio influence you think is there.

Secondly, what other Christian bands do YOU think have a heavy Dio influence? Like I said, this is the type of music that I'm into, so I would love to discover some new Christian bands that are in that vein.
    
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by metaldude on Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:59 am

I didn't notice it until you mentioned it, but Jack does have some Dio in his voice. The vocals on Red, however, are straight-up Dio.


As far as other bands, the vocals on this song from Divinefire always screamed Dio to me.

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:16 am

Jack is definitely showing some RJD influence on Red! And I think Hold On as well! I can hear a bit of it in the Divinefire guy's voice as well! Good song! Thanks!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Jaybird on Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:48 am

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Friday13th on Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:54 am

I think the singer of Bloodgood sounds like Dio. Also check Kerry Livgren - Seeds of Change which actually features the real Dio.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by 6stringgrind on Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:55 am

This has a definite Dio flavor in the vocals.


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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by metaldude on Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:38 pm

Jaybird wrote:

I haven't heard that song in a very, very long time.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by deathisgain on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:19 pm

I can't think of one right off the top of my head, but here is Rob Rock singing "Last in Line"
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:35 pm

@Jaybird, Fear No Evil has got some Dio influence. @6stringgrind, the Zaxas guy has some heavy RJD influence, but when he hits the higher notes he sounds like Geoff Tate! Lol! @deathisgain, a lot of people on the original Facebook post were saying Rob Rock, but I really don't think he sounds much like Dio, even when singing Dio! Lol!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:46 pm

Four Star Revival rocks!  I definitely hear me some Dio in their album.

The only one that comes to my mind in addition would be Forsaken, though they're more epic-doom.


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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:55 pm

Thanks @Kerrick! I've not heard much Forsaken, but his voice doesn't seem well suited to this song. Not that he has a bad voice by any means, just seems like it doesn't work well with the song. But then again, actually trying to match RJD is a tall order!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:10 pm

I really like Forsaken a lot.  That's a bonus track on their first album and I wouldn't say is particularly representative of their sound (which has developed and changed over the years).  I highly recommend purchasing all of their albums though!

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:42 pm

I will certainly listen further! Thanks!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by metaldude on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:33 pm

Benny, you have to forgive Kerrick. He thinks doom is the answer to any question whose answer isn't Iron Maiden.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:44 pm

lol!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:44 pm

metaldude wrote:Benny, you have to forgive Kerrick. He thinks doom is the answer to any question whose answer isn't Iron Maiden.

That's sig-worthy right there...  Twisted Evil

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:45 pm

Yeah so when is 4SR going to release a DOOOOM album???  Razz

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:49 pm

I'm certainly tuned low enough to rock some DOOM! You never know!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:50 pm

Alright!  That's what I like to hear!  Rockin Loud

Nah, keep doing what you guys are doing / want to do.  Your album is fantastic and gets quite a bit of play in my stereo and I greatly look forward to hearing more from you!

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:59 pm

Thanks brother! I really appreciate that! Now if we can just get a couple million more people to do the same! Lol! Wait until you hear the new stuff we've been writing! Guitar guy
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Candlemass on Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:30 pm

Friday13th wrote:I think the singer of Bloodgood sounds like Dio.

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Kerrick on Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:51 pm

Benny4SR wrote:Thanks brother! I really appreciate that! Now if we can just get a couple million more people to do the same! Lol! Wait until you hear the new stuff we've been writing! Guitar guy

Aww man, I'm stoked to hear you gents are in the writing process!  Can't wait to hear what you've got.  Metal 2

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by MetalGospel on Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:40 pm

I thought Accept The Lamb song from BloodGood had an obvious DIO feel to it.

*A certain band from Sweden, but they are not Christian, but the singer sounds exactly 100% like Ronnie James:  Astral Doors.

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Metallynx on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:41 am

I'm surprised no one has mentinoed Barren Cross yet, State Of Control sounds pretty much like a Dio song, despite the fact that Mike Lee is often compared to Bruce Dickinson. And then there's German Pascual...
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by d@v!d on Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:23 am

Benny4SR wrote:I will post a few Four Star Revival songs here and please let me know how much Dio influence you think is there.

Secondly, what other Christian bands do YOU think have a heavy Dio influence? Like I said, this is the type of music that I'm into, so I would love to discover some new Christian bands that are in that vein.
    
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There is a certian amount of the Holy Diver album feel in the riffs and vocal tonality. The big difference in contrast to RJD is that your lyrics make sense.

I don't know any other bands, but looks like others have a couple of good ones.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by d@v!d on Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:36 am

6stringgrind wrote:This has a definite Dio flavor in the vocals.

I never heard of them before. Me likes.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Candlemass on Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:34 am

d@v!d wrote:
6stringgrind wrote:This has a definite Dio flavor in the vocals.

I never heard of them before. Me likes.
I remember them. Me no likes.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Professor_Valconian on Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:51 am

Zaxas was supposedly coming out with a new album ... it was supposedly finished ... haven't heard a recent status on whether/when it will be released.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:43 pm

@Metallynx, good call on the Barren Cross and Narnia! Both have some good Dio influence!
@d@v!d, thanks for that!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Machine Fish on Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:56 pm

I've always thought that Rob Rock definitely has some Dio-ish qualities.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by alldatndensum on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:34 pm

I hear the similarities of Dio in both Four Star Revival and Zaxas.  New albums by either would be amazing!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Candlemass on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:47 pm

I think Narnia picked up the Dio vibe when they toured w/them on "Long Live the King", you can certainly hear it in the next lp...
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:55 am

Thanks alldatndensum! 4SR is writing songs for the next album, in between playing shows promoting the "Knights of the Revival" album. It will probably be late summer/early fall before we hit the studio to start recording the next one though.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:56 am

After all the talk about Dio comparisons, we get this review of our album "Knights of the Revival"! Check it out!

http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/24-april-cd/14351-four-star-revival-knights-of-the-revival-aztek-records.html
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Professor_Valconian on Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:35 am

Spot on! Rockin Loud
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Temple of Blood on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:22 am

6stringgrind wrote:This has a definite Dio flavor in the vocals.


Wow ..... good call.

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Fri May 01, 2015 8:02 am

I certainly hear the Dio influence in Jack's voice (as discussed earlier in this thread), but to say that he sounds just like RJD I think is a stretch. Overall this is a pretty good review of the album, but the heading of the review is "Dio is dead! Long live Dio!", and he ends the review with the sentence "The Holy Diver has been resurrected!". Even though he never says it straight out, it almost comes off like we are a just a Dio clone. There is absolutely no doubt that both Jack and I have been heavily influenced by pretty much all of RJD's body of work, but to suggest that we're Dio clones really sells the band short. For those that are familiar with our music, what do you think?
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Post by d@v!d on Fri May 01, 2015 9:52 am

I still don't have the LP and can only judge from the samples about. Clone never comes to mind.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Professor_Valconian on Fri May 01, 2015 12:31 pm

I didn't think the reviewer was trying to pigeon-hole 4SR as a Dio clone. What jumped out to me were the superlatives he used that I whole-heartedly agree with.


"It really is the quality of the songs on this album that should be lauded."

"If you're not into this band after the opening few bars of 'Red' then you really are a heathen that needs help. Soaring vocals, ripping guitars with hard hitting drums with a message of hope all wrapped up in the best production available make this essential classic rock with a modern slant."

"Whilst you can question how good a singer Ozzy ever was, there's never any doubt about RJD but what everyone must be in agreement with is that it was ultimately the SONGS that made both of them and that's exactly what Four Star Revival have remembered as every track on this 11 song album are upper level."

"They've the ability to slow things right down and whilst tracks like 'Let Love' will be classed as ballads, they still remain powerful enough to kick a door down with ease, but it is the hard stomp and pummeling of their '80s classic metal tracks that really stick in your brain to make you press play all over again instantly."

"A damn fine record that deserves your attention."
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Post by Benny4SR on Fri May 01, 2015 1:43 pm

Thanks Professor_Valconian! I just thought that beginning and ending the review with those phrases makes it out to be a little more Dio-ish than it actually is! If that makes any sense! Lol!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by metaldude on Fri May 01, 2015 2:24 pm

Benny, I didn't make a Dio connection until you mentioned it. 4SR a Dio clone? That's like saying you're an Iommi clone for drop-tuning.


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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Mon May 04, 2015 7:49 am

Spot on metaldude!

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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by KellyDivineAggression on Wed May 06, 2015 7:14 am

I interviewed Benny at the end of last year & I went on record saying Jack (Dio influence or not) is one of the best vocalists from a new band I have heard in a long time. I stand by that statement. 4SR is an absolutely killer band. I play their material a lot on my show.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Wed May 06, 2015 8:43 am

Thank you DivineAggressionRadio! We greatly appreciate all of your support brother! And yes, Jack is an amazing vocalist! Did you know, that Jack has had surgery twice on his vocal cords? After the second surgery the doctors told him that he would never sing again! But God had other plans!
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Post by metaldude on Wed May 06, 2015 9:04 am

Benny4SR wrote:Thank you DivineAggressionRadio! We greatly appreciate all of your support brother! And yes, Jack is an amazing vocalist! Did you know, that Jack has had surgery twice on his vocal cords? After the second surgery the doctors told him that he would never sing again! But God had other plans!

God's funny like that. He tends not to be swayed by the opinions of man.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Professor_Valconian on Wed May 06, 2015 9:45 am

Benny ... off topic ... would signing with a different label (like Ulterium or Nightmare (Lance King)) help you guys get more exposure?

Just thinking the more support you have behind you the better you guys are going to do. People just need to hear your songs and they will get hooked.
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Wed May 06, 2015 12:43 pm

Thanks Professor_Valconian! Yes, we definitely need a label that can get behind it and provide some support. At this point we are doing everything ourselves and our resources are very limited. We also feel (in our obviously biased opinions) that we have some good commercial viability with our music. There still seems to be a market for people that like clean singing and more of an early 80's rock/metal style of music. We've got about 8 songs written towards the next record, that we think are our best yet! We're just now starting to contact some of the labels that have shown interest in the past year and seeing if we can garner any new interest from some other labels. "Knights of the Revival" has done well for us so far (especially in Europe) but I don't think it has even come close to it's full potential yet. Without a marketing and promotions team that can get it out there, we have to rely on social media and word of mouth to be heard. And with the thousands upon thousands of bands out there all vying for people's attention, it's hard to get people to stop and listen.
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Post by Jessrox on Thu May 07, 2015 9:14 pm

I love me Some Four Star Revival! Knights of the revival is one of the best ''straight ahead christian metal'' cds to come out in a long time imo. they are the only relevant ''dio esh'' band out there, all the others mentioned besides Rob Rock are dormant. Rob R. Doesn't remind me of Dio. If four star Revival keeps plugging away., one day they will be mentioned with the best christian metal bands of all time. Imo, they are that good. One of the best debuts by any band! Christian or secular!
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Re: Christian bands that sound similar to Dio

Post by Benny4SR on Fri May 08, 2015 8:02 am

Thank you for the kind words Jessrox! We really appreciate that! It's the support of people like you that really help us expand our audience! Like I said in my previous post, we are relying on social media and word of mouth right now to get our music and our message out there! Keep spreading the word brother!
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