And all good things should come to an end. The third and last Blackmore/Dio RAINBOW album had the band go out on a whimper rather than bathed in a spectrum of light. Sure the album has its moments: the high octane anthemic punch of the title track featuring one of Dio’s best vocal performances, the sheer class of ‘’Kill The King’’ the haunting beauty of the closing track ‘’Rainbow Eyes’ and the Hard Rock stomp of ‘’Lady Of The Lake’’’ but what should have been an end to long remember for MK 1 RAINBOW the likes of ‘’LA Connection’’, ‘’Gates Of Babylon’’ and ‘’The Shed (Subtle)’’ are lack lustre affairs offering nothing but a tried and tested representation of former glories.
Internal disputes where at the heart of RAINBOW’S demise. Aren’t they always with the big bands? I’d personally rather not get into the blame game but apart from 1981’s excellent ‘’Difficult To Cure’’ RAINBOW have never offered better. And if you are looking to check out the source of all things Power Metal then the first three RAINBOW albums are where it all started. (Online March 19, 2005)