Holy Diver – Dio


"Holy Diver" was the lead single from Dio's debut album of the same name (1983). It endures as one of the band's most widely recognized and popular songs.

The two measures (above) are first heard in the intro section of the song – at 1:24 on the album version (some other versions curtail the lengthy synth prelude).

The groove is typical of Vinny Appice’s powerful accompaniment to the main riff. At the end of the second measure, he plays a slick, Bonham inspired flourish. Notice how the two right hand strokes at the beginning of the lick change the lead hand to the left. The underlined sticking represents where the bass drum is played together with the right or left stick.

The song features hard-rocking grooves, tasty licks and some monstrous fills!

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