The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2

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The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012[1]
GenreHeavy metal
LabelNiji Entertainment
ProducerRonnie James Dio, Wendy Dio
Dio compilations chronology
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The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2

The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 is a posthumous compilation album by American heavy metal band Dio. It is a followup to The Very Beast of Dio, a compilation album released in 2000 featuring tracks from Dio's first six studio albums and live EP. Vol. 2 picks up where the previous album left off, including tracks from the band's seventh through tenth studio albums.

Unlike its predecessor, which was only available in the United States and Canada, Vol. 2 had a worldwide release. The album was released on October 9, 2012.[1]


Eddie Trunk, radio host and longtime friend of Ronnie James Dio, provided liner notes for the release. In addition, the album was heavily promoted on Trunk's radio program as well as his VH1 Classic program, That Metal Show.[1]

The album was made available for streaming on the official Ronnie James Dio webstore on August 7, 2012.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net9/10 stars[4]
About.com3.5/5 stars[5]
Metal Forces(8.5/10)[6]
Record Collector3/5 stars[7]

Since its release, this compilation album has been met with mostly positive reviews. William Clark of Guitar International wrote that "This new release captures both of these of extreme emotions that drenched Dio’s later efforts and brings them together fabulously on one disc".[8] Chad Bowar of said that "The Very Beast Of Dio Vol 2 isn't essential, but is a very good collection of Dio's later material".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Killing the Dragon"Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy BainKilling the Dragon (2002)4:25
2."Push"Dio, Bain, Craig GoldyKilling the Dragon4:08
3."The Eyes"Dio, GoldyMaster of the Moon (2004)6:27
4."Along Comes a Spider"Dio, Doug Aldrich, BainKilling the Dragon3:32
5."Better in the Dark"Dio, BainKilling the Dragon3:43
6."Fever Dreams"DioMagica (2000)4:37
7."Black"Dio, Tracy Grijalva, Vinny Appice, Jeff PilsonAngry Machines (1996)3:06
8."Feed My Head"Dio, GoldyMagica5:39
9."Shivers"Dio, GoldyMaster of the Moon4:15
10."Hunter of the Heart" (live)Dio, Grijalva, AppiceInferno: Last in Live (1998), studio version from Angry Machines5:15
11."One More for the Road"Dio, GoldyMaster of the Moon3:18
12."Lord of the Last Day"DioMagica4:04
13."Electra" (bonus track)Diosingle from the Tournado Box Set (2010)6:26
14."As Long as It's Not About Love"Dio, GoldyMagica6:04
15."This Is Your Life"Dio, GrijalvaAngry Machines3:18
16."Metal Will Never Die" (bonus track)David Feinsteinguest appearance on the David "Rock" Feinstein album Bitten by the Beast (2010)5:20
17."The Prisoner of Paradise" (bonus track)Dio, GoldyJapanese edition of Master of the Moon4:01


  • Ronnie James Dio - vocals, keyboards
  • Tracy G - guitars on tracks 7, 10, 15
  • Craig Goldy - guitars on track 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17
  • Doug Aldrich - guitars on track 1, 2, 4, 5, 13
  • David "Rock" Feinstein - guitars on track 16
  • Jeff Pilson - bass on tracks 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, keyboards on tracks 3, 9, 11, 17
  • Larry Dennison - bass on track 10
  • Jimmy Bain - bass on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14
  • Rudy Sarzo - bass on track 13
  • Garry Bordonaro - bass on track 16
  • Simon Wright - drums
  • Vinny Appice - drums on tracks 7, 10 and 15
  • Carl Canedy - drums on track 16
  • Scott Warren - keyboards
  • All tracks produced by Ronnie James Dio and engineered by Wyn Davis, except:
    • "Metal Will Never Die" - produced by David Feinstein and mixed by Alex Perialas
    • "Hunter of the Heart" (live) - engineered by Moray McMillan and Martin Rowe
  • Wyn Davis - remastering
  • Wendy Dio - executive producer


  1. ^ a b c "Dio: 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed - Aug. 1, 2012". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Dio: 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2' Audio Preview - Aug. 7, 2012". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2 review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  4. ^ Van Horn Jr., Ray. "Dio "The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2"". Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  5. ^ a b Bowar, Chad. "Dio- The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2 review". Heavy Metal. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  6. ^ Fisher, Mark. "Dio - The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2". Metal Forces. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  7. ^ Patterson, Dayal (December 2012). "Rainbow - Down to Earth: Deluxe Edition". Record Collector (408). Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  8. ^ Clark, William. "Ronnie James Dio's The Very Beast of Dio, Volume 2". Guitar Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-20.