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Holy Diver

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments15 Comments
I was watching Big Brother last night when I had the strongest desire to listen to "Holy Diver" during one of the commercials. Since I have a laptop permanently attached to my body, I simply clicked over to YouTube and had a listen. After I listened to Ronnie James Dio, my husband wanted to hear the same song by Killswitch Engage. I will admit their cover is pretty darn close to the original. Of course, the video is a blatant ripoff, but I like it all the same. Can you beat Ronnie James Dio? I'm not certain. Have a listen:

Here's Killswitch Engage's attempt. I have to admit hearing this song live was a highpoint of the band's set at Rock on the Range.

So, which do you prefer? The original - which is bona fide Metal classic - or the remake, which has its own special quality? Of course, I'll never understand's Dio's obsession with dragons...

Reader Comments (15)

The original of course. He loved dragons b/c his fans did. They all played D&D...
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Watching big Brother? I am ashamed.
But of course its got to be Dio's version. Theres just no comparison.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
I don't really like the song at all but Dio's is prob. a little better even though killswitch has heavier music
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
It's not even a question.....the Dio original. I don't get the fascination with Killswitch, I've listened to the music, its not that good, IMO

Heavy Metal Addiction
Dio, without a doubt. I'm not a fan of "nu" metal bands like Killswitch.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I'll give KSE props for being metalcore before metalcore was cool, but that's about it. I'll take Dio's version any day, and I'm not even a big Dio fan in general.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I'm with MotleyCrue666, I don't really like the song at all.

I must say, I like the sound of KSE's better. But I like Dio's vocals better.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
KSE's version is ok. Another cover you gotta check out is Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borger's version of Youre Gonna Burn In Hell by Twisted Sister. Its AWESOME!!!
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
While I gotta go with Dio's original, I am intrigued by the KSE version. I just don't understand why a guy who can actually sing wants to do cookie monster vocals.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Pepper
hands down, original, no contest.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
what i like about KSE's version is the fact it sounds heavier.
August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStenji
August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFRANK
8=========D~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~BRING BACK GLAM
August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFRANK
Wow.... Frank is an absolute loser...
August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Wow, I´d forgotten all about Holy Diver!! This is my childhood, and it´s great!!
November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervlodka

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