“We did that album up in Colorado at Caribou Ranch,” says Vinny. “We just wanted to be as good as Holy Diver. The pressure was still on.” The album became Dio’s first platinum selling record.
Vinny Appice says:
“What we used to do back then, if we had six songs we’d go in and do a song a day to get the basic tracks. That was the drums and the bass mainly. Sometimes we kept the guitars but we’d have all the rhythm tracks in one day for each song. Then Ronnie could start doing vocals, we could do guitar solos and embellishments and any keyboards. We built it like that.”
“I think on that record I had double-headed toms, which I never used live. I wasn’t used to the bottom heads because I’d always played with single heads, the punch was there and they didn’t ring that much. I played a lot of fast things with Dio, so I thought those were much better suited for playing live.”
“Every time I tried double heads, I could feel the air in the drum and it wasn’t as punchy.”